Dh and I are deciding on a dog. I am thinking chihuuhua or little schnauzer. Dh is thinking lab, golden retriever, something that isn't what he calls a "dust mop". He says I need protection. But I've heard that the bigger dogs really aren't that hyper and won't bark unless someone is in the house. Also, that unless they are trained to be guard dogs, they really aren't a hindrance. But if they have the guarddog training, then they aren't really good to have around little kids (We have a few visit us, live around us etc.) That anyone intent on getting into your house, isn't going to be stopped by a big dog anyway. They'll either just shoot the dog or bash them with whatever they used to get in the house in the first place. However, the smaller dogs tend to bark more than the larger breeds and serve as a early warning system although not a protection. He says plenty of people would think twice with a lab barking at them. I say, who's going to walk it? I don't think I can control a dog that big. He says a chihuahua and the little breeds are not good with little kids. Any thoughts or comments? Taking into consideration I don't want anything with fur that need to be combed or brushed or bought to the pet place to be shaved or trimmed. That's why I said no to a golden retriever. Too much hair for living in the south. Thanks! CarolinaBound!