Thanks to everyone who posted.
What kind of dog would YOU pick for me?
We already have a 4 1/2 year old male boxer - Yes, he is neutered, and up to date on all vaccines. I work days, and my husband works nights on weekends only, so someone is always home. We have an active lifestyle - my boxer goes to work with my husband at a horse farm m-f for an hour or two. Hubby also works over night at a cage-free doggie daycare/boarding facility.The boxer goes with him there as well. Boxer has attended obedience classes, is extremely well socialized - and just in general a great dog.
My daughter is very familiar with dogs, as we got the boxer when she was much younger, and she grew up with him. Might not be what some consider an ideal situation, but it worked out well for us.
We considered getting another boxer, but I did not want another large dog.
I would like a dog that will be between 15-25 lbs full grown.
Minimal shedding - needing to be groomed is fine.
Want to purchase a puppy from a breeder - at this point, I am not interested in rescue - UNLESS it was a young enough puppy that hasn't developed bad habits, etc. My experience with rescues in my area is that they will not adopt to us anyway, as my daughter is young. Again, I understand your concerns about kids and puppies, but I feel confident that we can handle this.
I am willing to spend up to $1000 on a puppy, though would prefer less than that. I do not mind purchasing an 'older' puppy from a breeder, but prefer it be less than one year.
Aesthetically, I do like the 'fluffy' dogs - Shih tzus, Havanese, etc., and mixes of... I understand that 'Looks are the last thing you should use to determine getting a dog.' - however, is it not ok to have a preference? My husband loved the boxer breed, and he found a breeder who had done all the health clearances etc., family raised, and we got a LOVELY dog. I naturally would do the same, and require health testing me done on the parents of ANY dog I purchased. I was unaware that this would not be standard for so-called 'designer breeds'. Thank you for giving me that information.
I am not trying to 'ruin two breeds' - to say that is harsh and inappropriate. I do not have a lot of experience in purchasing puppies, and certainly was not aware that Shih Poos and the like are causing such an uproar. I think that some of you attacked rather rudely, and should take in to consideration that not everyone has the knowledge that 'you' do.
I posted here to get information, and I thank those of you who are steering me in a different, better direction. However, some of these responses are just ridiculous, and if they continue, I will just leave this site and look elsewhere for information.