I am looking for a dog, and need recomendations and opinions. A few stories probably wouldn't hurt either But first, let me tell you a bit about my lifestyle: I live in a cozy house with about 5 acres of open pasture and another 55 of mixed wooded/open land in the back of our property. None of it is fenced, except eletric fencing around the horse pasture I live by a major highway about two miles south of town, so it is busy often I live with a nine year old, a parakeet and another dog in the house Also, I have four horses, (we will be breeding one of the mares early spring), an outside cat, and five chickens (so i would prefer not a bird dog) but will be getting more The dog would need to handle being alone for about nine and a half hours a day, but would be with the other dog (must get along very well, as being a companion for our current dog would be one of many purposes) I am extremely active in the 4-H dog project and agility, so I would like the dog to be fairly trainable I prefer medium and up dogs I am very into cross country and would very much like a running partner I have a mild animal dander allergy (our curent dog is hypoallergenic) and my parents don't want a severely shedding or drooling dog I live in a cold climate (Wisconsin) Note: Please no German Sheperds, my dog seems to have something against them when we go to dog shows and such. Also, absolutely no aggressive or dominant breeds. I have been thinking about Huskies, or a poodle mix (like my current dog). Bring on the suggestions! Edit: With more research, I have decided to branch out a bit more than poodles and their mixes. Other suggestions would be appreciated.