I know this kind of question has probably been asked lots before but wondering if you can help. I always had dogs growing up and would love to have one now for my own family. We have a 6 year old daughter (will almost be 7 by the time we get a dog as we're going to take our time researching and are thinking of next summer) but I'm really struggling with which breed so thought if I told you our situation, you could help! I work part time but on days I am at work, I would be happy to pay for a dog walker/sitter etc. We're quite an outdoorsy family anyway so weekends are often spent walking in the countryside. We live in a semi rural area with lots of great dog walks nearby. But being totally honest, we don't have the time apart from weekends to go walking for hours (would more likely just be round the estate on week days) so one of the things which worries me is whether we could give a dog enough exercise. We do have a large garden. In terms of what we would like from a dog, ideally I'd love a dog that will happily play in the garden with my daughter as I'd really like the dog to be a little companion for her but equally one who would be happy snuggling up on the sofa. So I'm looking for a gentle, docile breed although I know you can't always generalise. We initially thought labradors but I worry their exercise needs are too high, I then thought I'd decided on Cavaliers but after reading about all their health problems, I've gone off that idea. I love terrier type dogs as we always had Jack Russells growing up but they were never the most kid friendly dogs so I think they could be a bit snappy. I'm looking for a real softie really! We've also considered beagles and cockers but again, I've read stuff about cockers being very hyper and perhaps beagles' exercise needs being too great for us. Although in theory, I'd love to give a resue dog a new home, I'm just not sure it would be right for us as first time owners. Husband has never had a dog! I know a puppy is hard work but I'm not sure we could commit to the potential behavioural problems that a rescue may come with. A colleague of mine has rescued greyhounds and swears by them and I have to say, I was struck when I met hers, how calm and placid they were. I felt they could perhaps be an option but my concern there is, will they want to play? I've heard a lot of them just want to sleep all the time! Sorry for the massive post but if anyone has any advice, I'd be grateful!