I'm brand new to this site and could really use some input. I have been going back and forth on whether I'm ready for a dog. Thought I was, but I adopted a 4 year old rescue schnauzer mix that had way more problems than I was expecting, including major submissive urination and was over the top hyper, and I ended up taking her back because I knew she was too much for me. Ever since that experience, I've had cold feet, but can't seem to let go of the idea that this was supposed to be the summer of my new dog, and so I've continued the search. I had a Yorkie for 15 years, though she was a "family dog" and I had lots of help. New home, just me and my husband now, and he is not so keen on the idea, though he would go along with it. Basically, I'd be a "single mom." I work at home, but I do spend long, long hours at the computer every day, and I'm a little concerned about juggling a puppy in particular, though obviously I know that difficult stage passes. Also whether it's fair to a dog to expect it to hang out waiting for me while I'm working, which can be up to 10 hours a day, and then of course there are other daily tasks that need attention.
I really fell in love with this breed after reading about them and meeting a few puppies and adults, though reading all over these discussion boards the past couple of days has me both longing to get one ASAP, and scared out of my wits at the same time that I won't be able to handle it, or my dog will have health problems like some of the ones I've been reading about here - like liver issues. Is that common with Havs, or are they generally healthy? The breeders I've talked to I believe to be responsible and reputable, but I have read that purebreds tend to have more problems.
Any opinions? My heart longs for this, and yet it's been a number of years since I've had a dog, and I am remembering that it was really a lot of work and worry, and while having the company, love, laughs and cuddles would be great, I'm hung up on things like house training (what if I'm not successful with it, etc.), and I fear the dog might be bored (though obviously there would be play and walk breaks), since this is a very quiet house without much activity. I keep getting close, and then panicking about whether I can handle it, since it would be awful if I ended up regretting it. More than likely I'd fall in love and find a way to make it all work, problems would be worth it all in the end, but I can't help wondering what the trade off will be, for both me and the dog.
Really torn and would love some advice from experienced Hav and pet people!