Just looking for some opinions on which breed of dog to go with. We've had 2 German Shepherds in our family, and both have been wonderful around kids, the elderly and is also a great guard dog. I've always loved Labradors and Golden Retrievers and would love to have one as a pet. My dad also wants to look at having a different breed after 2 German Shepherds. The main thing we want is: - OK around kids. We would never leave the young kinds unsupervised no matter how good our other dogs were. But the older kids were always free to play with the dog with minimal supervision. - Able to watch the house. By watch I mean bark at intruders or when strangers come into the house. We don't want the dog to attack anyone, but be able to bark loudly to scare people if needed. I.e. not yap like a chihuahua. We have a medium to large size yard with fairly high fences. 6 feet? I know the labs and GR will probably be fine with the kids factor, so I want to know if they make decent watch dogs. Our dog used to bark the minute the door bell went off or if a stranger walks into the house. Would a lab or GR usually be ok with this? (Or are they more likely to lick the stranger to death?). How would a lab or GR compare to a German Shepherd in terms of shedding and the need for exercise? Any other breeds people would recommend? a Golden Retriever is probably the longest fur we want to deal with. I definitely do not want a Rottweiler or Doberman.