Hi everyone I am looking to get our family our first dog, I have been researching all different breeds on the internet and have completed countless breed selector tests to get an idea of a suitable breed. I'm getting very confused now - for example I have read that beagles are difficult to train and don't like to be left alone too long, yet when I said that our dog would need to be left alone for a few hours a day, and as we have no dog experience, our training abilities will be lmited, yet beagle came up as a good choice?? Also I have said we did not want to spend a huge amount of time grooming but all sorts of really long haired varieties came up as good choices?? I have given up now with these quizes, it was only for a guide anyway. Basically, we have 2 children aged 3 and 12, we would need to leave the dog for about 6 hours 4 days a week (someone will be home for an hour inbetween, so I suppose 3 hrs is the maximum with no human contact) We have 2 cats. We can provide 1 to 2 walks a day, probobly longer at weekends. Ideally I would like a small dog, but not toy as it may be too small for kids. Does anyone have any ideas of good choices - at least then I can concentrate my research on specific breeds. Also once I have made my choice and try to find a good breeder, what questions will I need to ask and what should I expect them to ask me? Thanks very much.