I've always been a dog lover. I'll give a quick story of my "history" with dogs...
I had a ****zu when I was about 8 until I was 14 until we had a house fire and unfortunately lost him. He was a great dog. He was considered mine among my family of four. We never did get a family pet again, but when I moved in with my GF () we made a little family when I bought a house for us. We had two little PomChis. One was very friendly and happy, the other extremely nervous and shaky. She would pee every time you went near her. I loved them both (and my gf at the time, but due to her having an affair I lost all of them, but not my house). SO, anyways, it's been a year now and I really would love to have a dog around again. I have always had small dogs so this time I want something a little bigger. I used to be allergic to dogs that shed but seem to have grown a bit of an immunity since living with two PomChis. I live in a 4 level split with a very large fenced in back yard by myself. I love to exercise...I mountain bike in the summer every week and go to the lake and go boating almost every weekend. In the winter I usually just stay in the gym, but I think having a dog would motivate me to get out and go for regular walks.
Sorry for the long story, but I'm just wondering if anyone has any advice on some breeds I should be looking at? I'm very open from puppies to rescues, shedding or not, I just want someone that can hang with me at the lake, come biking and not be to aggressive around smaller dogs. Am I looking for some sort of unicorn here?
Thanks for any advice!