I'm trying to decide on the best type of dog to get. I've had a German Shepherd and a couple of mixed small dogs in the family growing up in my teens, but I haven't had a full time dog for a long time.
Background - my wife and I are in our early thirties, we both work full time (8-4) and we live in the sunny suburbs of Brisbane. I've got a fenced yard - 5 foot minimum, gets taller in places! But I'm also going to have them as an inside/outside dog. We have a cat and will always have cats, so they'll have to be a "family" breed that gets along with others. We're not having kids though, so no fur pulling
I'm looking for a dog obviously for the doggyness and because they're generally awesome, but also to play and go on walks with. I'm quite keen to do a ~30 minute walk each day with a dog and make sure they're kept active and happy with play and exercise. My boss is a dog rescue person and dog trainer, and I'm interested in a dog I can learn to train, maybe even for agility/courses one day.
I really like the Fox Terriers and Mini's, and Jack Russells, so I think I'm definitely a smaller dog person. Any suggestions on the type of breeds to check out? It's been suggested as a relative dog newbie that a Jack Russell will be too excitable to handle!