Originally Posted by iamian98
New to the forum and need your help!
Anyways, im here to discuss whether or not these dogs are right for me.
Australian Cattle Dog
Alaskan Klee Kai
American Staffordshire terrier
Here's what im looking for
-Somewhat active dog (1-3 hour walks 2 or 3 times a day) as I have a dog park literally right beside my house
-one that can stay at home for four(max 5) hours without causing too much ruckus
-easy to housebreak
-enjoys spending alot of time outside (big yard)
-good at house watching
-wont mind other dogs (have alot of friends and family with dogs)
What in particular draws you to these specific breeds? There is a LOT of variation in that list.
AmStaffs are amazing, one of my favorites. However, I don't think they're the breed for you. They are a delineation of the APBT and while the breed as a whole often displays this less than their fighting-bred ancestors, ASTs are still prone to dog aggression. This can crop up at any time and out of the blue. There is no guarantee that your dog will get along with others and if that's a big priority for you, I would steer clear. This also makes them terrible candidates for the dog park, which you mentioned you would like to frequent.
The Shiba Inu is also prone to DA and as such, probably wouldn't be the best fit for you. The Shiba Inu is often not recommended for first time owners. It is said that they're a very determined and independent breed who needs constant, structured obedience training (this is a lot more involved than "sit", "stay", and "shake").
Honestly, as the others have said, what you're looking for in a dog could be fulfilled by most generic shelter mixes. I would definitely go that route if I were you. You seem to be interested in a lot of working breeds and while fantastic dogs, I wouldn't recommend one to the young, first-time owner.
Additionally, if you were searching for many of the breeds mentioned (especially the Japanese breed), you would need to buy from a knowledgeable and reputable breeder. Unfortunately--and not to sound harsh--but these breeders would likely be VERY hesitant to place a dog with a first-time owner fresh out of high school. I would actually venture to guess that none would.
So, yeah. I would go the shelter route if I were you. Hop on Petfinder, browse your local shelters and rescues, meet a lot of dogs, and really focus on finding the individual dog that you connect best with.