Hello I’m sure you all must get thousands of threads like this so let me apologise in advance! I think I am finally in a position to get my first dog, after wanting one for as long as I can remember… I work from home on a permanent basis, and have emergency care in place, as well as being in a fairly safe financial position. My partner has grown up with dogs, however this would be a first dog for me, and I would be the primary carer. I have an aunt who is a dog behaviourist, and runs training, agility and fly ball classes so I’ve been attending these with her recently in order to get a bit more dog experience! I would be able to walk the dog around 5 miles every week day, possibly more on weekends, hopefully with twice weekly running (only if the dog is happy with this- I’m more than happy to give up running!) with playtime and training on top of that. We have a large garden, so lots of room to run around, HOWEVER, we have a very small house. We also have three cats. We like golden retrievers and Labradors, however think they wouldn’t be happy in a house this size. We also like spaniels, but worry that I wouldn’t be able to give them enough exercise, and that they may be a bit too hairy for a tiny house! ( or this might just be the spaniels I know!). And I worry terriers wouldn’t work with our cats- or our guinea pigs! I was wondering if anyone could give me any advice, firstly on being a first time dog owner, and secondly on choosing the right breed for us? We are going to a local fun show next week to have a look at various breeds, but we need to think practically, and not just choose a cute looking breed! I will obviously take the dog to training classes, but having only had cats, things like toilet training seem very complicated! Any and all advice welcome! Thank you!