My husband and I have discussed getting a dog after we move into a larger house, hopefully next spring/summer. Well, mostly I want a dog and he is indulging it, on the condition it's a small breed, and not overly hairy. Most of my experience is with larger dogs, particularly sporting breeds. I've always avoided little dogs...no offense, but most of them are too yip-y for my taste and I like my dogs sturdy.
Anyway we've been throwing breeds around and I'd appreciate any recommendations. Things we are looking for: short-haired (short wire-hair is ok), okay with kids, has the endurance for long walks, not a crazy prey drive (we have three cats), and not overly yappy or known for nipping. I'm not overly concerned about stubbornness...I've been through my share of obedience training and know how to be patient.
My husband keeps bringing up dachshunds but I am reading online that they can be nippy and aren't a great choice for kids. Does anyone own one?
My one coworker brings her boston terrier to work frequently and he's a really mellow, easy going dog, and I haven't heard him bark at all yet. It says online they are good with kids too. Are they all this nice?
I know beagles are supposed to be great with kids also, and there are so many of them in shelters, but I'm really afraid the baying would drive me nuts.