Mountain Man, I am gonna be honest here. I am not an animal person. I use to be until I saw my ex "step dads" dog drowned my kittens and get told "he was playing with them. That's what dogs do." That ruined it for me as a kid. Then I became a parent myself and saw pets a hassle. However, I always respected and admired the relationship between German Shepards and their cop owners. I always thought THAT is a dog with a purpose. So I would have answered German Shepards in the past. However recently I have gotten to know a dog through a family at my church. She is the sweetest loving animal. (They started training dogs to be a service pet for veterans with PTSD.) The two I have seen and gotten to know (shhhhhh don't tell anyone) I have absolutely grown attached to. One had to move on to her new owner and I still think about how Jr was laughing so hard on the ground as this dog licked his face over and over and over. I want that some day for him, for all my kids. So my answer now, is a lab. When we get our home, I want a lab that's just as loving as those two were/are.
I have three favorite breeds, Wired haired Fox Terrier, Coton de tulear and Yorkies.
I love my mutt. She is a smooth-hair fox terrier mix.
I had a 3 lb Chihuahua, 120 lb Akita and more than a dozen other dogs in my life time. The little chihuahua was my heart for years. Haven’t had a dog since her. But if I ever get another one it will be a Yorkie !
Labrador - Affectionate and Intelligent dogs.
Golden Rets and labs are favourites and what I prefer to own.
Having said that, I generally like most breeds of dogs.