What kind of dog to get? Dear Labby advises

Dear Labby,

My family is thinking about getting a dog, but we have no idea which breed to get. We have a medium-sized “double house” and don’t want to disturb the neighbors. We also have a rabbit. My dad would like a Beagle or Border Collie–something loyal–and I would like a Basset Hound. My mother and sister would like a Bichon Frise, Pomeranian, or Cavalier King Charles Spaniel–a cute little lap dog. And finally, my mother isn’t allergic, but doesn’t want lots of shedding. Please help!


Bewildered And Fido-less Family Looking for Excellent Dog

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