I think we will be getting a Miniature Schnauzer...
Ok, so the title says it all. I've been researching breeds that fit with our lifestyle and needs. I've spoken to many breeders and learned quite a bit. I still have TONS of questions and I am not yet "married" to the breed. Here's a list of things we are working with:
1. Allergies - mostly mine. I am allergic to both dogs and cats, though we have three cats and as long as they are not in my face, I'm generally good. Which brings us to point #2 -
2. We have three cats - any dog we invite into our lives must not kill the kitties! I realize that some of this has to do with socialization, but really - I love our cats!
3. We have a five and a half year old son - he is good with the cats, and enjoys playing with dogs belonging to our friends. He is all boy - lots of energy!
Other than these three big lifestyle issues, we are pretty much willing to explore. I know all dogs have different personalities. I know that certain lines produce certain traits and some lines are better in terms of genetic issues than others.
I had initially hoped we could get a greyhound, however, our son is a bit too energetic for them.
I would love to have a dog that enjoys traveling. It would be nice if the dog could be trained as a therapy dog, but this is not necessary. I don't mind bathing or clipping a dog. I wouldn't be opposed to taking the dog to the groomers, but I have no clue as to how much this costs, so any estimates would be great!
The dog would be an indoor dog, but we would allow him or her to run around our fenced backyard while we are out there.
I would LOVE as much information as possible regarding miniature schnauzers, including recommendations for respectable breeders. I am also open to hear about other breeds that may fit in well with our family.