The Great Puppy Search

I’m a total sucker for a puppy. I love their soft, poofy hair. I love how clumsy they are, falling over their own feet and anything in their path. I love that they want to play, play, play until they get totally tuckered out and climb into your lap to snuggle. I even love puppy breath! So imagine my pure joy when our landlords agreed to let us get a dog in our rental house! Let the puppy search begin!

J and I both grew up with dogs. My family seemed to have every variety from big to small, pedigree puppy to shelter rescue to free from outside of a Walmart (seriously).


Jake, our yellow lab as a puppy in New Zealand. (sidenote: why do I look so annoyed?)


Ma-lee (which means flower in Thai) our little poodle as a pup in Bangkok. She LOVED the pool.

J’s mom is a sucker for smooshed face dogs like boxers, bulldogs and bull mastiffs, so he grew up with tough looking dogs who were all big softies with lots of wrinkles in their faces. Adorable.

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We’ve spent some time looking through books on dog breeds lately and decided that there are a few must-have’s for whatever dog we choose:

  • it should be medium in size. 35-45 lbs is what we’re hoping for
  • it should be smart. like really smart. we want to teach it to do all sorts of tricks.
  • it has to be good around kids, other people and other dogs. No fighters or biters
  • it can’t shed a ton (this will be a mostly inside dog)
  • it must be the kind of dog you can take along on runs and camping trips
  • it has to be cute, of course
  • we don’t want to sell our car/apt/future to buy this puppy. It must be affordable… hopefully under $400

I think right now we’re leaning towards getting some sort of Border Collie or Australian Shepherd mix. They are both super smart and loyal breads, super cute and don’t shed as much as say a golden retriever. Unfortunately, purebreds in these breeds are also quite pricey — like up towards $1400 for a puppy! While I know there is a lot of quality and peace of mind that comes from getting a purebred pup from a border, that’s just out of our price range, so it seems that we might have to look for a mixed puppy, which is fine by me.

We haven’t found the perfect pup for us yet, but let’s look at some of these cuties that have been causing me to ooo and aaah lately. And you’ll see…I pretty much think that every breed is adorable as a baby.

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Is this puppy for real? This is a chow puppy and seriously looks like a toy.

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Love these little puffs of cuteness. These guys all will grow to only 5 pounds. TINY! Definitely not your camping dogs. 😉

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Adorable. Getting closer.

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Can I just borrow these for an afternoon??

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He’s gonna be a big boy when he’s older (great dane) but super cute face.

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Border collie puppies. YES!

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Australian Shephard puppies. So cute, right??!!

So the hunt continues! We’re constantly checking local shelters and craigslist for the puppy that is just right for our little family, and I can promise you that when we bring him or her home, I’ll be showing it off here.

What’s your favorite breed of dog? Is there a breed that fits all of our requirements that we should consider?



2 thoughts on “The Great Puppy Search

  1. I love love love boxers! They grow to be pretty big…but so so smart and adorable faces…especially when you let their ears stay “droopy” instead of pinning them up. I’m definitely getting one when I have a house/lifestyle that allows! Google them 🙂 🙂

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