Advice On When To Adopt
Hello! Husband and I would really love to add a German Shepherd into our family eventually, but know it’s not a good time right now. I am currently pregnant with my second baby. She’ll be due in mid April. My daughter is 3 1/2 years old. We also have a 13 year old Shiba Inu, who is very calm and never aggressive. We both have never owned a German Shepherd, but have always wanted one.
My main question is when do you think would be the ideal time for us to adopt a German Shepherd?
Would it be better to get a puppy so that he/she can grow up with our kids? If so, how long should I wait until after my second child is born? Of course we would make sure we have the time to train the new puppy. How much time does it take to train/how long is the process? Would adopting an older dog who is already good around kids be a better route? If so, again, how old should second child be at the time? Would it be a bad idea to get a new dog with an already elderly dog already in the family?
We’d appreciate some friendly advice from experienced owners. Thanks in advance!