Hello and thank you for taking the time to help me in choosing my next dog! I apologize for the length but feel it's best to be thorough.
I am a couple years removed from college and feel prepared to finally have a dog of my own. My family has always had at least one dog in the house, 4 labrador retrievers (1 litter which we owned the mother and father of and kept the pick of the litter) and 2 great danes. Needless to say I have my fair share of training experience and general dog knowledge.
I am currently living in the midwest with access to a lot of rural land. I am planning a move this fall/winter to the Denver area. Because I will be moving out there alone, I'd like a fury companion to be there with me. I felt like this summer would be the best time to get a puppy while I will have plenty of time and space to dedicate to its early months.
I live an outdoor lifestyle running, biking, hiking, and camping any chance I can get, but will most likely be living in an apartment after my initial move. I hope to soon move to a more desirable home but feel it is important to keep the apartment living in mind as I do not know how long that will be my residence.
I am looking for a medium breed that will be okay going with me the majority of the time I leave home, whether it be for a hike or just lunch on a patio in the city. I personally would like a dog that enjoys a lot of exercise but also need to make sure it will be okay in an apartment while I am at work. The breeds that I have looked into are Australian shepherds, Australian cattle dogs, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, and Vizsla.
I am looking for any suggestions, experiences with the breeds I've mentioned, or general advise you can offer. Thank you for taking the time to read this lengthy post.