Heyy , im 15 and have wanted a dog since being about 4 years old, My mum and dad have finnaly allowed me to get a dog next year in june after i have left school, my mum used to love dogs when she was younger and now shes older has never been to keen on the big dogs especcially so ive been allowed to get a small / medium dog. we currently own 2 cats which are 13 and 10 years old, i have read up alot on introducing them to each other and so fourth, My mum sometimes gets the odd sniffle with our cats and it seems she does with long haired dogs as when she has been in contact with my uncles golden retriever (romeo) she got runny eyes for about 10 minutes after she stroked the dog and touched her face, however she looked after there short haired lab for 2 weeks and had no reaction what so ever, and visits my grandad for long periods of times who owns a short haired jack russel and has no reaction to them. I have been reading up on them alot and have seen they say its the dander in cats and dogs there allergic to? and it says things like have wooden flooring , which we have, vaccuum the house often and clean it ( my mums favourite job lol) and dont let them upstairs, which it wouldnt be anyway.shes only ever been allergic to 2 dogs and they have both been in houses where theres hairs all over and with long haired dogs, she has had actually more reactions too our cats but she only gets allergies on a rare basis.And we all figured that aslong as she washes her hands after stroking him then shed be fine.Ive also read some tips like brushing them outside daily and bathing them once or twice a week? Im looking at getting a staffordshire bull terrier as 2 of my friends own them and they are frankly my favourite breed Some people turn there noses up at this as the bad press coverage they have had, but its the owner not the animal right?. I just want to know a few things ( even though its ages away i like to be prepared and know everything i should be expecting lol) 1. Female or male? < i know both are probably equally good but which tends to have the best temper ect, and do they both need neutering/spaying? 2.Is crate training a good idea? 3.How much in general does it cost for a puppys full set of vaccinationsso it can be walked outside and not get distemper or anything, and also to b e wormed. 4.while were out my brother will be in as he only has college on thursday and friday i will be back sometimes dinner time sometimes all day and somedays at3-5 depending on the college course i have ( i have 4 months off when i leave school before i go back to college though so plenty of quality time to train her/him and get her used to surroundings) Is it best to keep the dog outside in the wamer months ( will have a dog kennel in there ) or just allow it to go out when he / she wants.I was thinking out in the garden most of the day ( until she/he wants to come in) and then in the house for the rest. 5.how often will a puppy/dog need walking, once in the morning and once in the evening ? for about 30 minutes each? Thats all for now thanks in advance!