Hi there, Sorry for the long post in advance. My OH and I would like to get a puppy/young dog in the future and was wondering if you think this would be fair, if so what other things have we missed and what sort of breed do you think would suit us best. We are currently looking for a new house which would be better suited to having a dog as our current home is small with virtually no garden. It would have a large garden where a dog could run around we would also build a dog run adjoining the house where the dog could have free access to during the day when we are at work (doggy door in the kitchen etc) We both work full time but my mum who no longer has a dog of her own has said she would walk/check on the dog during the day as she doesnt work and we are only looking to move a short distance away. I have agreed to this only if she lets me pay her the going rate. I have also looked into a local dog walker for the days she can not do, if she changes her mind etc. The dog walker runs their own KC training classes and is only 2 doors away from my parents so they know her and say she is very nice and friendly with her dogs. (she walks them all individually) We have worked out a budget for food, toys regular vet treatments etc and we dont really go on holiday, usually just to somewhere in the UK that we could take a dog with us. Any emergancy vet treatment will be put on credit card etc so we could pay it off monthly if anything does happen. I have horses too so im very used to the going out in all weathers, being muddy etc So thats the first part, does that sound ok?? The type of dog we are looking for would be: Max size of a German Shepheard but also not too small. Not too high energy levels such as a ESS or BC but would enjoy walks and training. Would be ok with a 30min walk in morning, 1hr walk in afternoon, 1hr walk in evening and 30mins last thing. With time for off lead activities at the weekends/days off, bearing in mind it would have access to the garden during the day also. We are looking for something that doesnt need to much grooming, possibly a quick brush each day after walks and a good groom once a week. We have 3 cats currently but i believe if we had something puppy/young dog we could teach them to be ok with the cats?? I know some rescues have older cat friendly dogs but then im not sure if i would trust this as some might be alright with cats they know but mine will be strangers to them. Also, with having the cats is this enough company for them during the day when my mum/dog walker isnt there or would it be better to get 2.. either at the same time or one first?? We are not looking for maybe another year but i wanted to do this early so i could research breeds and breeders etc. Oh and save up of course Again sorry for the long post.