I want a dog very much. But I have some concerns.
I am going to finish my university studies next year and then start a well enough paying job to maintain a pet. I will probably have to work more than 8 hours a day.
My girlfriend studies medicine and will have even worse hours at random times due to nightshifts, etc.
We want kids eventually.
My mother is alergic to animal hair or whatever, that's what she says. Anyway, she's alergic to something but I heard there are dogs that don't trigger allergies. She doesn't live with us, but I'd like to take the dog with me when visiting, maybe they can take care of the dog on holidays, etc.
The dog should be bigger than a football but smaller than a pony.
My question is, considering this background, is getting a dog in the next years realistic? And what breeds (or mutts) should we prefer?
I guess a puppy is not the best idea, a well trained dog would in my humble opinion be a better fit.
But what should I keep in mind, where can I get such a dog complying with my rather high ethical standards on this matter?
You know, let's just assume animal activist standards or slightly below.
I'll edit in answers to questions in the comments if need be.
Thanks for the helpful answers and comments so far.
Would getting two dogs really be a solution to leaving the dog(s) at home? And how much time at home alone is "too much" time?