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Well, your family sounds very similar to mine and it is working out well for us. I don't have a part-time job but I am gone for stretches just about every day. I love the breed although this is my first experience with one. He amazes me every day how smart, funny (I mean it - he has a sense of humor) and loving Ludo is.
I don't find Ludo (mine) to be "yappy" per se but he is very vocal. He honestly tries to talk to me. He'll growl if he wants something. He'll bark if he wants off of the couch. He also has a surprisingly LOUD and gruff bark. He barks when he hears someone coming outside or when something startles him. He basically barks when dogs are supposed to - He is not quiet/silent but his bark is not "yappy" and for the hell of it.
As for your "cons" - I have to be vigilant with Ludo's potty training or he will have an accident. I don't think, to date, he's given me any REAL sign he has to go to the bathroom. But when we go outside or are outside he will go on command (example - this morning it was pouring and we went out the garage to a patch of grass by the fence and I told him to go and he went - very simple!). He makes it all night long in his crate and has never had an accident and has only woken me up twice the whole time we've had him to go in the middle of the night.
I don't regret Ludo for an instant. I regret I didn't discover the breed sooner. LITERALLY every time I am out in public with him or have people over he is fawned over and people adore him and very few know the breed until they see him and they fall in love. They are wonderful, sturdy, smart, loving, good with kids (mine is very self-aware and gets out of the way if he senses he might get stepped on by one of them!), and just overall the greatest. Good luck to you. I say go for it!!
Traci & Ludo
The dog becomes your dream come true, the very thing you wanted.
- Maurice Sendack
Last edited by tra_po; 11-18-2013 at 03:22 PM.