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Breed Ideas? Biased people WELCOME!

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I am trying to decide on a breed and/or mix breed (would look for these mixes if I adopt from shelter or petfinder). I have the chance to get an Aussie, but I want to make sure all of my options are explored before I make this big decision. (I didn't struggle this much over my apartment or car choice, BTW.) :eek:

Here are the things I'd like to have:

*Smart, pretty easily trained
*Basic tricks
*Maybe play ball/frisbee
*Attractive (aren't they all?)
*Good with older kids (mine is 7, visited occasionally by a 3 year old)
*Needs moderate exercise
*Eventually would like to get my daughter into 4-H with the dog
*Barking would be a problem as we can hear our neighbors all the time! (I can't wait to move to a house!!!)
*Small to small-medium dog (Avoiding toys or gargantuan dogs. LOL)

My facts:

*I live in an apt, second floor. Large floor space to play, and large yard/field in back right out our door.
*Off in the summers, work during school year 7 hours a day. Would be crated.
*I have a 7 year old daughter that NEEDS a companion and is very responsible and dog savvy.
*We walk about a mile or more each day and go to the park a couple times a week and walk even more.
*We have time to devote to play and training every day.
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What would a kid do with a dog in 4H just out of curiosity?

I think your best bet is to go meet dogs and see which ones you like, since you'll be adopting. You'll have no promises but you'll get to actually see what the individual dog is like.

Good with kids, tricks, that's all training - it's up to YOU guys. Some breeds are better with people in general but that's not my area of expertise :)

I'd worry about a whippet or an IG with a 7 and 3 year old. I always feel like I'm going to break them when I pet an IG. And all the ones I've met were skittish with people.

Go for a sturdy medium mutt :)
I thought 4H did farm stuff. No idea they could do obedience stuff in there, cool.
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