The house is too quiet and everyone is coming to terms with losing a dog so young. For the first time in my parents 30 year marriage they are dogless and no one can seem to slot into this new dogless lifestyle. So, my parents have begun to research their next breed. Now, they've always had dogs 'fall into their laps' almost from private rehomes (like Bear) to a set of bizarre circumstances which resulted in a Springer Spaniel who apparently had a penchant for chewing the heels off of only the left shoe They're experienced dogs owners but have never owned a dog from a responsible and ethical breeder. Obviously, Bear was very intense, essentially he was like a course in micromanagement and whilst he wasn't dog aggressive he was very suspicious of strangers. At home, this suspicious nature intensified to the point he would have to be kennelled in order to prevent him from becoming overly protective. Now, the guardian nature they didn't mind but the intensity of it is something they are trying to avoid again. They aren't planning on adding an addition till possibly the end of next year but temperament is so important this time around that they want to find the best breeder for them. Breeds they are currently looking are Tibetan Mastiffs (current favourites), Pyrenean Mountain Dogs and Estrela Mountain Dogs. So, if anyone has any personal experiences/contacts/advice/recommendations/cake (I'm serious about the cake, I'm on a diet and I'm seriously contemplating chewing the carpets) please throw them at this thread.