Hello! I just posted an intro and was about to ask this question in it, but that's not what intros are for, so sorry for the back to back posting.
I have been looking into training our future dog to be a service dog for my anxiety and have narrowed down the list of breeds quite a bit over the past few months. I need a dog in the 60-85 lb range, calm and trainable, kid friendly, non-aggressive, intuitive, loyal, and good with the outdoors. We go camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, to the coast, etc and would love to take our dog with us as much as possible (especially being a service dog). I work in childcare (with approval to bring a dog), so it must be child friendly.
Here's our current list, do any of these dogs strike you as inappropriate for service work? Are there any similar breeds that you would recommend based on our needs? In order from favorite to least:
Flat coated retriever
Greater swiss mountain dog
Nova Scotia duck retriever
Entlebucher mountain dog
Breeds/types we don't want:
I know some of our choices are rare and probably unavailable, but I wanted to add them to give an idea of what we're looking for. Ideally, we'd like a lab or retriever for their disposition and love of water (we spend a lot of time near rivers, lakes, and the ocean).
Lastly, anyone know any reputable breeders in Oregon/Washington/Northern California? XD