I have spent a crazy amount of time trying to figure out the breed of dog I'd like to get and haven't found exactly what I'm looking for, so I figured I would ask the question and see what ideas other people have. To get it out of the way, I'm not asking anyone to tell me what to get. I'm simply asking for ideas I can research because I'm not familiar with every single breed out there. Since the day I was born, my family has always had an American Labrador and they are my absolute favorite dogs. I'm finally at a point where I have the time for a dog of my own and I would love to get a black lab, just like I've always had around, but the problem I have is space. I live in an apartment and I don't plan on buying a house anytime soon. I don't want to subject a full-size lab to the space of an apartment. I have a friend with a petite golden who is a fantastic dog (to my amazement is just like any of the full-size goldens I've been around), so I started researching if a similar sized labrador existed. To my disappointment, I found they really didn't exist and the few sites where someone talked about them didn't have very good things to say (believe everything you read on the Internet, right?). My question, is if anyone has any suggestions as to some breeds I should look into that might satisfy my desire to both have a labrador and a smaller-sized apartment friendly dog? One of my biggest reservations about, say, a petite golden is the hair. I prefer short hair and I'd rather have black, since I find it less visible on clothing and furniture. Also, to clarify, I'm not looking for a low-energy couch potato dog. I am a very active person and I want it to be able to accompany me on backpacking trips, go for a run or even just playing at the park. I realize how much I am asking, so for anyone who has suggestions, I very much appreciate it in advance!