Thanks for the suggestions Rebecca. My kid is 6 months old. I was actually thinking of a golden retriever. I think something like a collie would be too intense. I think my main concern is which dog we can choose that will be okay when we visit family (can't take the dog with.) Obviously will arrange a petsitter/dogwalker. Talking to dog owners I learned that some dogs pine away and refuse to eat when their family is not around (e.g. collies) so I guess my main question is which dog breed does well with a petsitter. Unfortunately I cannot forgo visiting my family because of a dog. Obviously that is why I am asking these questions before getting the dog.