I'm looking to own my first dog but can't seem to find the right breed for me. If anyone out there has any suggestions it would be greatly appreciated.
Me and my girlfriend live in a house with a medium sized enclosed backyard. We have a cat that thinks she's royalty (as most cats do I think) and the dog would have to get along with her. We both work 5 days 8-4 so the dog would have to be ok left alone and not bark all day or destroy the yard.
We don't want anything too energetic, ie. we want a playful companion but not one that it constantly obsessed with playing fetch 24/7. I would get daily walks of 30-60 mins. We don't want a toy dog but it should be happy curling up in front of the tv and getting cuddles. The size is no real drama, but we've been looking mostly at small to medium.
I'd like to be able to train the dog well and be comfortable letting it run off lead and knowing it will come back, so I guess an intelligent dog that doesn't have a chase instinct.
I've considered many different breeds and maybe I'm overthinking the whole thing but I'd appreciate any input from you guys.