My girlfriend and I are hoping to get a puppy this fall. I prefer medium-sized, shorter-haired breeds, while she prefers big, longer-haired breeds. Because we live in an apartment, though, we've both agreed that a big dog might not be practical, so we're looking at more medium-sized dogs. We recently met a woman walking her beagador (beagle/lab mix), and found the dog to be adorable and delightful. But we realize that one cannot get an accurate idea of a dog after 3 brief minutes, so we're trying to learn more about beagadors.
Our background is this: We live in an urban area, and I work from 9 to 5. My girlfriend is a full-time graduate student, so she is often away from home all day and into the evening. So we need a dog that can handle being alone for most of the day. We want a dog that likes to be active, but that can manage with only an hour or so of vigorous exercise per day (it's unlikely we'll be able to spend long periods of time running or playing with the dog on weekdays). As I said, the dog should be okay living in an apartment. We also have lots of friends with dogs, so we want our dog to be sociable and to get along well with other dogs.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.