I haven't had a pet since I moved out of home almost 20 years ago and would love of have a cuddle buddy back again. However I'm trying to find a breed of dog to suit very specific circumstances. My partner doesn't want a cat as we have a lot of native wildlife which we don't want killed and he's wary about a dog being too much work. I work full time but we have a large property were I could set up a dog run with appropriate food/water/shelter/toys. I also have a large spare bedroom which would be good for an indoors dog. I'm basically looking for breed options that I can discuss with my partner for a dog that could be relatively independant during the day (while I'm at work) either happily snuggling with toys in the spare bedroom or amusing itself outside within the limitations of a dog run, but then happy to have a cuddle and a walk when i come home. I'd love a lap dog I just don't know if it would get too lonely during the day?
It would need to be a small dog, low maintenance/shedding and preferrably a quiet breed. I may be asking for the impossible but would love to hear from people about possible breeds to learn more about. Thanks guys.