I've never made one of these before! This is so exciting. So I am 99.5% sure that my next dog will be a male English Shepherd, and I could very well stop there, but I've decided that if I were to get a third dog it would be something smaller and easier going as a nice offset to Quinn and my hopefully-just-as-crazy male Wondering if you guys had any suggestions! I will absolutely be looking at rescues if/when the time comes, but if I decide to go the breeder route these are my guidelines/what I would want in a breed. Smaller size, maybe 25 pounds or less Some coat. Not something that will require a massive amount of upkeep or that sheds bucketloads, but I like a little fringe and don't mind some grooming/shedding Athletic enough to go on easy hikes, go swimming, etc but on the slightly lower end of the energy scale. Happy to hang around the house and cuddle. Known for being dog friendly. This is fairly important. Doesn't have to be super outgoing with people but I would prefer a dog who wasn't extremely reserved or aloof. Decently into me. I've only ever had herding breeds so I think I'd be lost if I had a dog who didn't give a crap about me. I absolutely adore Chihuahuas and got the worst WANT! ever when two came into my work last month. The extreme small size is a bit of a con though, I think I would worry, and I have known some who weren't the best with other dogs. Not sure how much of that is nature vs. nurture though. I think a Cavalier would be a great fit, I absolutely love them, but the health problems are scary of course. Also looking into LH Whippets and Silken Windhounds. I don't think I've ever met a Whippet I didn't like. Don't know a whole lot about Silken Windhounds or how they compare to Whippets (Kerri?) but I love the look. I love having off leash reliable dogs but I think I could compromise here. Not sure what else is out there ... hopefully you guys have some ideas or input! Thanks!