My lab needs a friend help me pick. We are not get one till spring and we get our fence up but i have a winter to pick. My lab will be a year old, and my bichons will be 11. So im not sure if i want a older dog or a pup. We were thinking of going to the pound but my family has never had luck with dogs we havn't raised from a pup. They all lasted a year or two then turned on us or ran off. So from that perpsetive i want a pup, but i won't have the time i did with kiowa. Plus my bichons don't have the patience anymore either. So im at stand still age wise. But breed as well. I don't want another lab. Kiowa is perfect but i like dogs with more presence. Does that make sense? I grew up with mastiffs and newfoundlands. And my female bichon is a mastiff is a small body. Id really like another bichon but kiowa needs a buddy to romp with. So i was wondering bout dobes,,standard poodles, chessies and giant shuzahuers. I dont want a german shepard. I want a dog with a nose and a presence that makes people stop. The lab is getting trained for tracking, weight pull, and therapy. So would like a dog to train for this also. Im not going to breed but i would like papers if possable. Im just starting to rescreach so any info would be great. Thanks in advance and sorry bout my spelling.