Ive finally succumbed and said yes to a dog after relentless pressure from the gf. The question now is what type of dog? Firstly is it a good idea to go for a proper pedigree, does it give any guarentee of the dogs temprament etc or is it just asking for trouble with regard to dodgy hips etc since the gene pool is likely to be shallower than a Norfolk broad.
With regards to breed I want something that will be happy to left at home during the day, but I want a dog that is able to come out for decent length runs, so has decent endurance. At the minute a working cocker is coming out tops but Im worried it may struggle running for any great length. Anyone any experience on taking these running? I basically want a springer or a collie but realise this is not realistic!
It also cant be too big as our house aint massive. Im not keen on greyhounds/whippet type things either.
Anyone recommend any more leftfield breeds?