Just to add to the above: We never had a dog when we lived in England, we got one when we moved to Holland. We have taken her back with us a few times and to be honest the UK is pathetic when it comes to catering for dogs; hotels allowing dogs– no, restaurants – no, shops – no, dedicated free running trails – no, exercise areas – no, whingers–oh yes, plenty of them.
If we move back to the UK I would really find it difficult to provide the necessary environment for our dog.
Someone mentioned above “Either walk your dog or, if you have no time to look after it properly, get rid of it...” they frankly have no idea about the exercise requirements of a high energy breed, there is no way in this world that a ‘walk’ would be enough for my dog, she has to run, and she has to run for miles every day. I can manage a decent length run every other day but there is no way that I can run for the 10 miles plus a day that she needs (and certainly not at her speed)– she did 40km on Tuesday with me on the bike and by the time I got out of the shower she was sat there with a tennis ball for a game of fetch.