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Help me choose a dog

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We are moving into a house with a large yard, and I would like to get a dog.

Looking for the following traits:
Size dog: Medium - large
Yard: Large
Exercise: I am willing to do 1x 45 min walk a day
Grooming: Willing to groom 1x a week
Kid and cat-friendly
I work from home a lot, but dog must be okay to be home alone for 8 hours 1-2 times a week. Don't want a dog who barks excessively or needs excessive attention (while I am at home, I do need to get some work done!). Lying at my feet while I am working on the computer is fine. The dog will sleep inside with us. We also like to travel, so the dog must be okay staying with a pet-sitter for a week or two per year.
Would prefer to adopt a puppy, so that he can be trained to be okay with the cat.
Please help me choose!
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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.
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