Hi all. Me and my partner are considering getting a dog but would like a little input from you guys. We`ve never owned a dog before so this will be our first. We`re both responsible pet owners as we have a Britishshorthair cat who is very well looked after, he has regular checkups at the vets where he has his regular vaccinations and he eats vet recommended food which is all measured out, he`s very friendly to the neighbours dogs so we know he`d welcome a new playmate. We`d most definitely be getting a puppy as apposed to a rescue dog. We`re both very active as a couple and are keen runners/cyclist so we`d like our dog to be the same. We`re looking for a small breed of around 10 kg give or take a few kilos either way and something that isn`t going to suffer from medical problems. No drooling allowed as he/she will probably share the bed just like our cat and i something that doesn`t shed too much. We both work but my partner is a self employed gardener so there would be occasions when it would be able to tag along but not guaranteed but she comes home every lunch time. We have a 60ft back garden with about half that lawn and would be happy to allow access to this with a dog flap if necessary. Oh and we have no children and probably never will hence the feeling for the need of companionship.