I figured since I haven't made one of these in the past, and I'm seriously thinking/planning Next Dog, I could definitely use the help of Chaz. Plus, I don't know nearly as much about different breeds as a lot of chazzers on here do. Size: 60-90lbs, preferably under 27 inches, but I'm flexible. Coat: Cold tolerant, I like fluffy dogs. Prefer to be able to take care of the coat myself, but am willing to go to a groomers if needed. Health: Nothing particularly prone to health issues, or if there are health issues in the breed they can be avoided through proper testing and sound breeding practices (since I intend to go the breeder route). Energy Level: Can be a weekend warrior. Has an off switch. Can be chill in the home, but is also fun and active outside. I tend to have a quiet life, go for a walk and play a game outside each day but other than that leave the hiking and lake trips for the weekend. I'd like a dog that can make trips with me to Farmers Markets, and tolerates strangers but is mostly aloof- I can spend a lot of time socializing the dog and making positive experiences. I like to do training, and want a dog that likes it too. I like guarding instinct, and one person dogs. I don't want to have to worry about dog-aggression, but I wouldn't rule a breed out if there's a small risk of DA. Must be able to live with cats, LOL Doesn't have to be great with kids, since I don't spend a lot of time with children. I love Chow Chows, but I'm not sure if Next Dog could/should be a Chow, so I'm perusing other options. I like other Asian Spitz types, like Akitas. I've also looked into and are considering Karelian Bear Dogs, and Gordon Setters. I'm actually liking Gordon Setters a lot now, but they're pretty different from what I usually go for so it might just be a phase, Thanks!