I've had labs and terriers, but the best dog I've had hands down is my full blood boxer. I've had her for 8 years and is the smartest and best behaved dog. Great with the kids and very protective of them. I almost lost her a month ago to pyometra. Pyometra is an infection female dogs get when they haven't been spayed. She spent a week at the vet and they performed a doggie hysterectomy. My advice to EVERYONE. If you don't plan on breeding your dog, get it fixed!