I'm trying to figure out what breed of dog I want to get in a year or two, but it's proving to be a difficult task. Okay, so maybe I'm doing this a bit early but I flip-flop a LOT with things like this. There are so many breeds I love and totally want but my mom thinks differently. Her criteria: "Small" breed Short-medium length hair "Cute" Typically good with children She wants a small breed because she doesn't feel our house is "big" enough for 2 "large" dogs (a boxer + whatever other breed we choose). Personally I don't think boxers are really very large dogs anyway and I definitely do not see how our house isn't large enough. Our neighbors have a lab and border collie and they're just fine...but whatever. Small to my mom I guess is no more than 30 pounds, I have showed her dogs that typically don't get bigger than that but she claims it's too big. Hair length is obviously because of shedding. I guess I am not sure on what she considers too long, but she has made comments that she wouldn't want a golden retriever because of their hair. So, for whatever that's worth... "Cute"....*sigh* The deal is this is going to be MY dog because I can't have any more rodents once the rats are gone, and that depresses me greatly because I LOOOOOVE my ratties. But she'll say no to a certain breed because she doesn't like it's looks. An example being Shiba Inu...I think they are gorgeous, she says no because of looks. Good with children because my mom does daycare so little kids are here pretty much all day. Our dog now sometimes gets crawled on by babies and they sometimes play with her ears...if she starts to get annoyed by it she just gets up and walks away. So if you've read through this all and have found a breed that beats my mom's "standards" please share.