A Second Dog?

The Husband and I frequently discuss what breed our second dog will be.

It’s not like we’ve put down deposits or placed ourselves on a wait list for a litter anywhere, but it’s something we discuss frequently – and we change our minds just about every time.

A swimming buddy for Moses?

Moses is over 3 years old now, so we do want to start seriously researching breeders and scouring breed-specific rescues over the next year or so.

The main factor we’re taking into account before considering a sibling for Big Mo is Moses himself – particularly his age and his temperament.  At 3 years old, he’s pretty much fully mature.  And he’s a great dog (if I do say so myself); we’ve worked hard on training to get him – and us – to where we’re all at now and we can trust him in pretty much any situation.  Any new puppy to the household will be able to follow his lead and he’ll be a great teacher.

Some long-distance patience training at the dog park.

The breeds that make our short list for a sibling for Moses are pretty predictable, and we’re pretty open to either a male or female, but tend to lean towards getting a girl.  We have an obvious large breed bias, and aren’t looking for anything too energetic that would clash with our calm household.

On the shortlist are another Newfoundland or a Tibetan Mastiff.  Depending on the day of the week, a St. Bernard is also a close contender, and we both like Leonbergers, too.  But we’re trying to keep it simple and easy on ourselves, and resisting the temptation to consider other great breeds like Great Pyrenees.  And I’m only eliminating other breeds like Great Dane and Greater Swiss Mountain Dog because while two big dogs means a lot of fur to deal with, for my own sanity, I’d like to stay consistent with the type of shedding.

Bartok, the Tibetan Mastiff (dawatm.com)

When it comes to committing to even just a breed – before the endless breeder search begins – we’re very wishy washy.  The Husband likes to backcountry camp and hike a lot, so there is some benefit to considering a dog with slightly more energy than Moses.

On the other hand, Moses is the best (objectively true).  We have an idea of what we’re getting into with another Newfoundland and we won’t be disappointed.  And while I do appear to have an affinity to Tibetan Mastiffs, our direct and personal experience with the breed is extremely limited, so it feels like a bit of a gamble (some meet and greets are in order).

Decisions, decisions.

About ThatJenK
Writing from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. 90% pictures of my dogs; 10% miscellaneous opinions nobody asked for.

6 Responses to A Second Dog?

  1. Tibetan mastiffs are so calm they’re almost comatose– but the fur is a nightmare. They shed like hell, no offense. St. Bernards drool, and you already have that in spades. Leonbergers are GORGEOUS. No idea how they shed or drool, but there’s one at my dog park, and he’s just a stunning, stunning boy!

  2. How exciting that you’re starting to consider another dogger! We’ve always wanted to add a sibling for Gus, and have plans to once we settle down again. Although, I don’t think he’ll be as good of a leader as Moses. Gus is sort of a turd. 😉

    We just recently saw a St. Bernard at the dog park and it was absolutely gorgeous. It was the first time I had seen one in person and I couldn’t stop talking about it.

    Can’t wait to see/read what you guys decide on!

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