We had a lab mix, shelter rescue dog... we had to put her down on tuesday. She had Addison's disease and had been declining for the last few months. She was weak, and refused to eat.. it was time to do the humane thing. My family has never not had a dog, and they want to get another dog. I want to wait a couple months and choose wisely. We have 7 chickens, but they don't freerange.. they are in a coop/run. The dog will be indoors except when we are outside w/ him/her. My biggest concern is family friendly- we have 3 kids- ages 6, 3 and 2 months. My DH wants a big dog.. a german shephard. husky, or doberman. I prefer a medium sized, low maintenance (AKA short haired, cause I will be the one stuck vaccuuming and grooming) and easily trained dog... I am home with the kids during the day.. I only work part time nights and weekends so the dog won't be left alone alot... but I do have the kids too, so I'm hoping to find a dog that won't pee on the floor for months, and won't chew up the kids toys for years. I expect a bit of this in the early training, but not for ages. Our old dog... though very lovable, was not too bright, and took forever to housetrain... I also think medium sized would be better 'cause our almost 7 year old wants to be able to walk the dog- and a big dog would drag him around. ETA- we also have 2 housecats.. Any suggestions?