So, after being on this forum almost a year now, there is one question that new members ask all the time and it really frustrates me. And not just the questions, but the answers that follow through the thread.
"What dog should I get?"
In my opinion, every dog, even within each breed, is different. Sure, different breeds and groups have different traits worth noting. For example, you wouldn't suggest a kelpie for a single person living in a city apartment, or a french mastiff for an active family that wants to take their dog on long distance runs 5 times a week. Yes, they are examples, they could potentially be acceptable for certain people or dogs, they're just a generalisation.
But my point is, why always suggest a 'breed' of dog? And why point out what's good and bad about the 'breed' for that member asking the question?
Given that we are all advocates of animal welfare (I assume), MY advice is contact a rescue group, tell THEM your lifestyle and what your requirements are for a dog and ask them to suggest dogs in foster care that they believe would be suitable for you, regardless of the breed. Obviously, you can say that you would prefer a certain size for you living situation, as not everyone would want a large dog or small dog, as a personal preference, but really, They will know the temperament of each dog in their care and provide some good potential matches for you.
Why not save a life? If you don't like pugs or French bulldogs because they look funny to you (no offense to pug and frenchy owners, just an example) or don't want a mastiff because they slobber too much, then that's your preference, but why narrow your field to a pure bred such'n'such because that breed is likely to fit your criteria?
And I am in no way trying to put down reputable breeders. I think they are great, doing their bit to better the breed, but generally the people asking the question "what breed dog?" don't have a breed preference. They are open to anything. Plus, there are many pure bred dogs in rescue and shelters needing homes because the previous owners couldn't give the dog they thought was "the breed for them" the exercise, discipline, or gentle/firm leadership required for that DOG.
I guess that's my two cents on the matter. Would like to hear other's opinions on this, as this is a very common question on this forum.