I've been thinking about getting a dog for a while, but it's a big commitment, so I'm really taking my time with the decision as to whether to get one or not. I'd prefer to get one from a shelter or rescue, or private family as opposed to a breeder, although I would consider a breeder depending on the situation. I'm looking for specific characteristics in a dog however, because I really want one that's compatible with my lifestyle. Here are some of the characteristics I'm hoping to find in a dog: 1. MELLOW. I'm a very mellow person, and I'm not terribly active. I go for leisurely walks, etc., but I'm a real homebody and do not want a dog that needs to run a lot or needs a ton of exercise. 2. SMALL. I would prefer a smaller dog, one that is easy for me to handle and lift if needed. 3. NOT A YAPPER: The problem I'm finding with a lot of small dog breeds are that they tend to bark a lot. Reasonable barking is one thing, but I really don't want one of those little hyper dogs that yap incessantly. 4. ANIMAL FRIENDLY. I have cats, a house bunny and of course chickens. I'd like a dog that can fit in with that kind of family, not a hunting or snappy type dog. A typical ideal day would be in the house, with me, relaxing a lot and going outdoors for gentle play in the yard and leisurely walks & car rides. I am not looking for a guard dog, just a mellow, personal companion. Is there such a breed that fits this description? Or if you have a mixed breed that fits this description, please share what breeds your dog is. I've had several people tell me that Papillons fit this description, and I've met a few and do like them very much, but am having trouble finding any near me. Does anyone have a Papillon? Any other breed suggestions? Thanks for any input.