I've been researching and different breeds and was wondering if anyone could help.. I already have a dog (beagle) and cat but my sister is leaving for college in two weeks and we decided that around christmas would be a good time to add a new addition to the family. Other than me [I'm 15 =)] and my mom theres no one (besides the animals) in the house. We have a pretty good size yard its about an acre.. and part of it around the pool is fenced in. I am looking for a big dog.. one that looks elegant, is known to be smart, loves attention, doesn't shed a lot, loves other animals, somewhat easy to train, possibly to be trained as a guard dog, and there is a good chance that the dog will be be competeing in either agility, the show ring, or something else. If you need to know more just ask..