I'm considering the following breeds (I'm down for a mix as well):
Rottweiler, Akita, Schipperke, Staffordshire bull terrier, Blue lacy, Carlin pinscher.
Since I'm opting for a rescue, a rottweiler or staffie mix is probably my best bet.
The gf wants a puppy. Being in possession of a soul, I love puppies too, but I'm also considering a full-grown dog.
A puppy is a lot of work. A puppy stays a puppy for a long time. A puppy is adorable, and the idea of having a dog for its entire life cycle is appealing.
However, a full-grown dog already has an established personality, and as such, it is easier to select for compatibility.
Either way, I plan on taking as many obedience/training classes as necessary. I'm even thinking of eventually training him/her to be a therapy dog.
So.. dog? Or puppy?
Are the breeds I've cited good choices? My ideal dog does not bark much, is intelligent, loyal and trustworthy. A lot of exercise will be provided, but we will be living in a flat, so there's that. Also we will adopt a kitten roughly at the same time, so no kitty murdering is preferable.