I am thinking of getting a dog, yet I have never had a pet before in my life so I am somewhat concerned. I have done plenty of research about first time owners, and dogs that are suitable for smaller houses and apartments, and I have narrowed it down to these few breeds: Beagle, Scottish Terrier, Basenji, and a Basset Hound. From the research I have gathered the Beagle barks a lot and could be trouble, the Scottish Terrier has a lot of health issues and a hard to train mentality that a first time owner may not be able to handle (apparently this applies to Basset Hounds as well). So this leads me to Basenjis but I have been told that this is not for a novice owner (with no explanation). It seems that the more research I do, the more I am learning that I won't be able to handle a certain breed (which seems like EVERY breed out there...) I don't want to just impulsively buy/rescue a dog and end up screwing up. So, I was wondering if anyone here know what a good first time dog is. This is not just for the maintenance aspect, but also its temperance.