I started another thread asking for dog recommendations. I have a 3 year old child and 2 elderly cats. I would love a gentle, happy dog to add to our family, the personality is the most important thing. I do love shaggy dogs. And soulful eyes. And I know all dogs bark but incessant barking would drive me mad. Am very active so walking no problem. Am happy for a small-medium sized dog. Nothing tooooo big. Probably up to golden sized. I think I would like a dog somewhere around 1 or 2 just so I could know I would have many years ahead of me with it. Any ideas?