Im still very nervous about getting a GSD with my small dog.
I want a GSD so badly but, Im not one to just jump into it and cross my fingers.
I guess im really looking for someone to really convince me that with the right dog (and what things to look for) its possible.
My little nori is the 4lb morki and she is out of her mind... Shes 10 months old and is beyond hyper. She will go outside and run around the backyard, fetch, and roll in the grass for an hour-ish, then we go inside, sit on the couch and chew her bones, then play a little frisby for another 45 min... AND KEEP GOING for hours on end. She will be on the brink of exhaustion after the outside playing then on her 2nd wind be able to go twice as hard for twice as long.
Im almost worried that Nori is too hyper for another dog but ive never had 2 dogs at the same time. My brother-in-law has had 2 dogs at the same time (lab and a bulldog, then lab and lab) and I have watched/learned from him over the years. Nori is highly prey-driven. You hold the toy, you hold the power. She will 9/10 go for the toy over the treats.
Nori gets a long with all dogs big and small. Shes always looking to play play play. Always wants attention but never retaliates if she isnt getting any attention either. She is a really good dog just the biggest hyper puffball if ever seen. I just worry that if I bring another dog into the picture that it will be too much hyper activity and the GSD will think thats normal after Nori calms down and someone might get hurt. Im very strict with Nori but fair. If shes a good girl, she gets all the love and attention. If shes naughty she gets all her toys taken away and no more fun...
Training she is amazing, shes so smart (sometimes too smart) and i think paired with a GSD would be the best combo of dogs just based on intelligence.
Ive been around with GSD my entire life and know how they are, but never had the experience with a GSD and small dogs. I just dont want there to ever be a problem and sometimes I wonder if I'm thinking too into it. Im not going to go search out a dog at my breeder until I feel 100% about it and when talking about it to others (not GSD owners) they always make me second guess myself.
I guess as a newbie on this forum Im stepping out as a person with a huge cry for help and not a ton of involvement on this forum but, I just want to make sure when this happens that its done right.
So I ask anyone and everyone that has any experience or has any knowledge on this to give me the truth and give me the confidence if you can see my view as a dog owner. I want to make this work, I want it done right, and I want to do it smart. I love to train my dogs and have people comment on how good they are when I think to myself... well this is normal they know i expect this of them.
Just a very discouraged GSD dreamer than needs an up lifting and a little vent/call to help.
Thanks everyone for reading!