I’ve been saying I want to get a pup or rescue an adult for years now, but I think the time is right.
The questions is, what breed (or mix) would be more most suited for my needs? While I understand that training and environment of its first few months of life are far more important than its breed in terms of achieving the ideal dog for my needs, I need to hone in on breed to know where to look.
What I want:
Loyal, cuddly companion
Medium/large - 35-80 lbs. I prefer on the smaller size of the weight range. Easier for me to take camping and in packed cars. Gender can also vary in size within breed.
High recall rate
Willingness to adventure. I’ll take it camping, backpacking and sometimes even to the snow.
Gentle with small kids, babies, cats, small dogs, etc.
What I don’t want:
Barking guard dog
Show dog. More concerned about temperament than looks.
I have a few breeds in mind, but I want to get opinions before biasing you all.