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Hi, I live alone and have 2 children that visit regularly. My home is in a small town, in-town lot with a nice size yard and close to lakes and walking trails. My home is small, only about 800 sq ft and I work full time so I am not home during the day. I am a somewhat active person.

I am looking for a puppy companion that will thrive with me. Preferably a medium size dog as I am not really into tiny dogs.

I would appreciate some suggestions as to what breed to consider!!

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If you work full time I would suggest that you consider an older dog rather than a puppy. Almost any puppy will struggle with being left alone for long periods whereas an older dog would have two benefits; firstly you’d know their temperament and secondly if your work allows it, their behaviour is more likely to be calm enough to accompany you to work sometimes.


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House size can be important to some people when choosing a breed, but more important are things like preferred
- energy level (do you want a dog ready to get up and gogogo all the time, or one who has had their fill from walking out front to go to the bathroom)
- exercise requirements (are you up for a dog that needs training & walking to be relaxed, or want one that NEEDS at least 2 long walks a day, or one that just goes on walks for show and really is just as happy lounging in the house)
- attitude towards strangers (friendly? aloof? suspicious/guardy?)
- attitude towards dogs outside the household (do you want a breed known for its easy going nature with other dogs, do you not care, are you able to tolerate the possibility that your dogs wont like other dogs?)
- coat maintenance and type (what kind of upkeep are you willing to do in terms of brushing/hair cuts, and what kind of feel do you like to a dog's coat when you pet it, what kind of shedding can you stand, etc)
- prey drive towards other animals and what animals you have in the home
- behaviors you absolutely CANNOT tolerate from a dog

Answering those will better help match a breed. House size and dog general size doesn't give much information on which to go on.
 
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