While talking to one of the owners at Crufts she asked us to think about what we want from a dog. She thought it'd help narrow down on a breed. But we are struggling a bit to answer it. We're worried our answers sound silly. So our reasons for wanting a dog are for companionship and a friend for the kids to play with. We like doing longish walks at the weekend and sometimes during the day when they kids are at school but we'd also need a dog that would be ok with shorter walks sometimes. We have 3 kids who are almost 10, 8 and 4. They're used to dogs as my Mum has 2 large dogs. They're at school full time. My husband is in the merchant navy so spends 8 weeks away at sea, because of that I'm a stay at home Mum/housewife so I'm always around except for school runs. I'm quite interested by showing and my husband loves agility (he wants to train my mums leonberger ) but most important to us is a happy pet. We like beagles, dalmatians, smooth collies, cocker spaniels and a few other breeds. I'm planning on researching all of them to see if we can narrow it down to one breed. Thanks for reading all my waffling.