I just wrote about the situation we had with our cocker spaniel puppy. I've learned so much in the short amount of time between bringing the puppy home and now. One major lesson I've learned is different breeds fit with different families. Another huge lesson is quality and careful breeding (and selective choosing) equals a happy dog that fits into the family... the breeding conditions (very bad) I got my puppy from equalled big temperament issues (and who knows health-wise).
Now my task is to figure out what breed DOES go well with our family. We don't plan to get another dog for a few months to a year (maybe two, if I could stand that). We're in the transitioning from toddler to preschooler phase, so a young puppy is more than I could handle, I believe.
I know for sure, though, when I get a dog these are some of the activities and qualities I would like him/her to possess. I would be content with either a rescue dog (adult) or a puppy from a reputable breeder. First and foremost, very gentle and great with kids of all ages, loves to be active (hiking, jogging, camping, park playing, etc.), is quiet at home when it's time, but playful when we're all ready to play (so a calm-tempered breed who enjoys activity), has the potential to be "good" off-leash (since we will be going camping/hiking), is a breed that enjoys travelling, and for sure it will be an indoor pet (with outside priviledges of course).
I know that training is what produces a dog like that (which, of course, I will do), but I would like a breed that has a temperament already leaning toward those characteristics.
Anyone care to give suggestions? I want to really research this so that when we're ready, I have every basis covered. I'm not interested in this previous puppy experience happening again!
Oh, I've considered Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Beagles, Bernese Moutain Dogs (and other gentle giants), and similar. I don't care if the dog is smaller or largeish (though I have no interest in toy breeds).
Thanks so much!!