My family and I may want to adopt a dog from a shelter. However, I have never had a dog, and am not really a dog person. My husband has had dogs for most of his life.
I've been doing a lot of research on dog breeds, to try to find out which might be a fit for my family and myself; and I figured I'd ask here as well - what dog breeds might fit with our family? Which breeds should we absolutely not look at, as they are not a match?
Our family is not home during the weekday, so a priority is a dog that is okay being alone until we get home. My husband often gets home early, so it's not like the dog will be alone for 10 hours or anything, but the dog needs to be able to spend several hours on weekdays alone. My daughter is age seven, so the dog would need to be okay with young children who want to hug and cuddle the dog. We have a cat, so the dog needs to be okay with cats.
I'd prefer a dog that doesn't shed a ton, but I'm willing to give on that if we can otherwise find a dog that suits us.
Is such a dog breed possible? Or am I really looking for the SONY Aibo? Link to Aibo here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKAeihiy5Ck