Ideally, i am looking at acquiring a Hovawart, however they are not available in Australia currently nor am i in a position to get one in from Europe.
Instead, i am looking at the Flat Coated Retriever, the Gordon Setter or the Irish Setter. I know very little of these breeds and have never met one in person, for those of your with experience with these breeds please help me out with your knowledge and opinions of them.
longevity, I have been told the Irish is longer lived than most other breeds of similar size
overall health (hip and elbow scores are very important to me, no predisposition to particular disease or things like epilepsy)
a high height to weight ratio (look big but don't weigh much, don't ask)
agile and athletic, medium to high energy and drive
I enjoy grooming, coat length and type are of no concern other than that i like long coats as opposed to short or wirey coats, prefer less undercoat
In terms of personality:
i prefer open, friendly personalities as opposed to aloof and independent. must be naturally good with strangers when off property but do like those alert on property
family companion that i can relax with, take to work, take camping
Dog sports, obedience, agility
I would appreciate any recommendations, opinions, etc. I'm not looking at adding one to my family any time soon, i am simply doing research. Thanks in advance!