We recently lost our oldest dog, but still have two female miniature dachshunds. One is very submissive, the other can be a bit scrappy with other dogs she doesn't know. We have just started talking about another dog and we're still in the discussion stages for sure. I've had mostly dachshunds all my life, a couple of miniature schnauzers, a collie, and I lived with a golden retriever for a year. My husband has only had the dachshunds because he never had a dog growing up. I used to show my dachshunds and bred a couple of litters, but decided I didn't really want to do that any more and both my girls are now spayed. They are 7 and 9 years old. We have a 14 year old daughter who grew up with dogs since birth. Other pets include two barn cats, horses, a bearded dragon, turtles and chickens. We are looking to get a large dog this time and we need it to get along with our other animals. The chickens, bearded dragon and turtles aren't so much a concern because they are all penned or caged away from the dogs, but the cats, horses, and dachshunds are. Our house is on 4 acres of land, but the fenced area is about the size of a typical subdivision backyard. Our fence is a standard 4 foot fence, part privacy, part chain link. We have considered putting in invisible fencing around a larger area as well. Daily walks are not a problem. I want a dog that can go out to the barn with me and stay with me and not chase or bark at my horses or cats. I would also like a dog that is easier to train than a dachshund for a change. My daughter wants a golden - plain and simple - that's all she's considered. Having lived with one that I liked a lot, I'm in favor of them as well. My husband loves them, but he wants a dog that will be a bit protective if need be. Our house has been broken into as well as our truck - we suspect by our neighbor's 20 year old son. I don't think a golden is going to qualify there. I'm not interested in pit bulls, rotties or German shepherds. My daughter is afraid of them (with good reason in her case) and pits and rotties just don't appeal to me at all anyway. I prefer the predictability of a well-bred purebred although I wouldn't necessarily turn down a mix if I happened to meet the right one. Breeds we've considered and reasons why we aren't sure they would work - I like Dobermans but I'm concerned about one getting along with my other dogs and cats. I've also considered various large hound breeds, but the cats concern me as well as the hound tendency to not be particularly reliable off leash. Not that I plan to let a dog loose unsupervised at all, but I'd like a dog that's not too difficult to train to stay with me outdoors and not run off after the first squirrel to cross it's path. I had a collie and I don't want another one. My husband suggested German shepherds but my daughter was almost attacked by a friend's dog and is afraid of them and I'm not sure how one would be with my dachshunds. Goldens and labs are a consideration except for my husband's desire for something that would be protective - not an attack dog, just something that would offer some protection if really needed - or maybe just look like it would offer protection. The protection thing is not an issue for me. What are y'all's thoughts? Any suggestions?