Hey everyone, I've been a member for 5 years but have never posted. Go figure! My beautiful long-haired dachshund passed away last year and the house has felt empty; living alone is hard to adapt to after living with a dog! I've been on the lookout for a sweet, healthy puppy to add to the family and two local breeders have caught my eye. One breeder breeds and shows Basenjis. His dogs are absolutely beautiful, and they're wonderfully trained. However, the stories that I have heard and read about the basenji breed leads me to believe this is the exception to the rule. The second breeder breeds Shetland Sheepdogs on his ranch. He's not a backyard breeder, but he does not seriously show his dogs. The dogs themselves have a fantastic lineage, a great health record, and friendly temperaments. I have a small house with a large front and back yard. Both yards have a 8ft fence around them. I'd be with this dog for the vast majority of the day; he or she would be my work and travel buddy. What breed would you guys recommend?