posted on Oct, 25 2009 @ 10:19 AM
I second the shetland, mine is 12 years old and her mother lived to be 16, and we have one pup from her that I will keep the tradition going.
Very smart, very loyal, and very protective of anyone in our house hold.
We have 7 grand kids, from 3 sisters, and if they bring a stanger over they get sniffed, and looked over, real good.. more often than not the dog
picks good ppl and stays away from the friends that are, well, just not real friends.
She catchs squirrells, goes coon hunting with me, and helps the nieghbor heard his calves..
I could go on and on but you get the idea, as far as a well rounded proven canine, I would have a hard time picking any other animal.