Friday, August 6, 2010

Going through the breeds, part 1

Many of you know that I have gone through a multitude of career options. At some point in my life I have wanted to be almost every occupation - well, not quite, but it sure seems like it. I never dreamed I would not finish my bachelor's degree, or continue to even more school after that.

But, "a man's heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps."

It turns out, I am pretty good at administrative tasks and it turns out that may come in handy one day as a dentist's wife. God has given me great work experience that will, hopefully, allow me to help Hubs with his career. And, I have learned to be content where I am at. But, there is still a dream I have and still am pursuing.

Someday, I hope to own my own dog breeding business. You can't be surprised. From the moment I first laid my eyes on a dog, I have been attached. And, they seem to like me back. I hope to breed wonderful, affordable family pets.

Knowing my administrative mindset, I have in my head, the packet of information I will give out to all my customers. I have thought about my return policy and how the facility will look. I am just giddy thinking about the information that I am going to include. It just excites me to no end.

The most important detail, however, is still yet to be determined. What type of dog to breed?

Surprisingly, I am not interested in breeding labradors. Although, they could very well be considered my favorite, I believe that they are overbred and not bred wisely. There are so many labs and lab-mixes out there that I really don't think we need more. Contact me if you want more information on that soap-box.

They are such a great looking dog, though, and will surely forever have a special place in my heart.

So, in the search of my breed, I have some qualifications. I tend to go for larger dogs, so it will be. The usual temperament of the breed should be one that fits well with a family, like I said, I want people to enjoy  the fun and love of having a dog as part of their home. And, of course I melt when I see floppy ears, so I assume the rest of the world will as well.

In my research, I have found some fun and interesting possibilities:

This one may be a tad TOO big and slobbery. But, oh my, what an adorable photo. I probably will not go for a Saint Bernard:

This is too many wrinkles for my taste and do those paws belong to a lion? This giant Spanish Mastiff will not be my final choice:

I like the stately look of the Rhodesian Ridgeback, but the puppies aren't quite as good-looking as the adults. Plus, I'm not sure that the personality is what I am going for. 

I will post more of the dogs that I find. It is fun researching the MANY dogs God has created!


Courtney Gill said...

Hey Heather! This is a great idea! I have a suggestion. Golden Retriever. Maybe as overbred as the lab, but they are SUCH a wonderful dog... Maybe you could fix that hip problem they sometimes have. As you can see, it's one of those "exciting" Friday evenings that I love. Picnik and facebook. :)

Audrey said...

so weird I just wrote to a friend that verse from proverbs!!
it looks like you were enjoying!!

Laura said...

please try to find a way to make a puppy never become a dog but not act like a puppy forever. :)hehe. puppies are just so cute!!

jnet said...

i would also say that if labs aren't bred could correct the problem at least in with your business. you would be careful to bred them properly...we ran into bad breeding with the german shepherd we had. it's so sad when people are just out to make money on the dogs and not take care of them.