I am looking into different breeds and both the Basenji and Whippet are the top two breeds I’m considering getting in the future. I have young children a 2yr old and a 5yr old but I’m not planning to get our next dog until our current dog (lab mutt) passes about 4yrs from now. What I don’t like about our lab mix (we love her! but there are parts of her personality I would like to avoid in a future dog) I don’t like how needy, Velcro she is! Always leaning on me! I love a dog that doesn’t mind pets and cuddles but only on occasion! I don’t like how smelly she is no matter how often she is bathed. I was told by the vet it’s a labs natural oily coat. I want a smaller dog, she is 75#.
What I’m looking for in a dog:
-likes pets and cuddles but only on occasion, so somewhat independent
-can get along with family cat (I know, I know, they are sight hounds. But I love cats too and plan on always having one so the dog needs to be able to live with one) why I plan on getting a puppy.
-tolerate of children Ages 6yrs +
-naturally clean, no oily coat
- smaller 20-40#
-enjoys going places with family like trips to the beach (on leash), hikes (on leash), camping (on leash) haha
-somewhat independent. Doesn’t mind being home alone 6ish hrs while at work
-medium exercise need. Okay with walks daily. Somewhere between a greyhound (lazy coach dog) and boarder collie (crazy go go go). Doesn’t mind longer hikes on occasion but doesn’t NEED it every day.
Any input is welcome! Thanks all!