I'm considering getting my first dog... I live alone and think it might be good for me. I have a town house with a smaller back yard and I do have a mild dog allergy but I am not letting that limit my choices as that brings it down to 6 breeds. Since there are quite a few dog owners in the mayberry, I curious on what some people think. Puppy vs older dog male vs female a decent forum for dog owners training techniques experiences with the amount of shedding the dogs do is appreciated. My short list 1. Siberian husky 2. akita (japanese not american if you make the distinction) 3. german sheppard 4. collie other suggestions I have gotten or greyhound, boxer, shibu inu (looks like a smaller akita) I don't mind suggestions for other breeds... but really, if the adult dog can fit in a womens handbag... dont bother.