Hello! In about a year and a half I will be moving out of my parent's house and into a 3 bedroom apartment with a small yard (fenced). I will be 17/18 and my roommates will be 17 and 20 there won't be any small children/other animals except for a mid sized dog. I live in Vancouver Canada where the weather is fairly seasonal, doesn't usually get too cold/too hot. We will be living right by a dog park, an off leash dog beach and Stanley Park (a large park). The dog would be alone MAX 24 hours a week broken down into 4 hours a day to 8 hours a day, but probably less because my room mates have different work schedules than me. No one will be attending any form of schooling for a year/2 years. Eventually, I will be attending veterinary school but will be studying part time. I've owned a dog before, a whippet/retriever "desi dog" that had an aggressive/timid temperament because she was rescued from a harsh life. I had to do a lot of training/research to make sure her aggressive temperament was handled properly so I would say that I have some skill in dog training. I'm definitely invested in putting a lot of effort/time into exercising the dog. I would also like to do agility training and maybe future showings with the dog. I prefer mid to large sized dogs, but am willing to consider a smaller dog (nothing like a chihuahua though!). I wish for the dog to be fairly friendly (so I could take it to the dog park) and preferably with a low wandering impulse so I can let it off leash during long hikes and such. I am perfectly okay with having to groom the dog often. Although I would like the dog to be friendly, I would also like a semi guard dog. - Will consider getting an adult dog however would prefer not to adopt one from a shelter because it's hard to tell what you're getting - If I do get a puppy I will be taking some time off to make sure it is properly potty trained and since I work nearby where I will be living, I will be able to easily check up on the puppy every hour or so - I will be able to give the dog 1.5-3 hours a day of exercise, sometimes more, if I decide to go for a hike on a day off or something. These outings are things I already do, without the company of a dog. Dog breeds i've considered: - Doberman Pinscher. Love the intelligence and have met many loveable dobermans, I have been told they are smart enough to determine whether a person in breaking and entering or just visiting. However have heard that to get a puppy you need a large yard. (I have seen many dobermans downtown though. Where it is near impossible to get more than a mid sized yard) - Norwegian Elkhound. Recommended by a friend who has 2 of them. I love the breed, seems very trainable and i've spoken to a reputable breeder who seems to think it would work out with my lifestyle. Haven't done much research on them though. - Shiba Inu. Always loved the look of the dog and have a friend who has the most loveable Shiba there is. However i've been told they're very temperamental and require a lot of patience. - Border Collie. Perhaps my dream dog. Love the intelligence and the emotional aspect of this breed. But have been told it is near impossible to have one without a large yard/lots of time. - Mastiff. Love the "gentle giant" aspect of the dog. Heard they were laid back but also had health problems? Also heard they were hard to train. - Lab/Golden. Lots of people have recommended me these dogs. Very friendly and seemingly very popular. However they lack the "guard dog" aspect that I would like to have. Feel free to recommend other dogs that I haven't listed.