At least the ones I have seen and met aren't excatlly ones you would want to wrestle with. They are more couch potatoes then anything.
I would also stay away from GSP unless you have lots of room for them to run. They are nice dogs, but they do usually require a lot of exercise. Plus most are not being bred to be pets they are being bred to be hunters. So if your not going to hunt with them you definatly need to find something for them to do.
Like agility or tracking maybe.
Most of your other hunting breeds whould be good exept the Visla and Pointer since they are also mostly breed to hunt. A lot of your other hunting breeds are being breed to just be pets though. Like the cocker, reteiveirs, spaniels, and even the setters.
You could check out the German Pinsher. They are a nice medium sized dog. Bigger then the min pin and smaller then the Dobie.
The Bouvier, Russian Terrier and Australian Shephards are also nice dogs. The only problem with the Aussies is they may try and herd the schn. At least my corgis always try and herd our Brittanys.
Good luck finding the right breed isn't always easy, but once you find it your never want anything else.
It really depends on how big of a dog you want. I have American Bulldogs and they only get about 100lbs and they are amazing with kids, love to go camping, and are very mellow in the house. They love to play and run don't need a lot of maintainence. If you decide that you would be interested more in the breed let me know and I will send you my website link. And you can see for yourself. Good luck in your search!!
How about a Spinone or a Portugese Water Spaniel? The Spinone loves family and water. A friend of mine has one and they have 6 kids. The dog has enough energy to play all day, swim at the lake with them, doesnt shed a lot and is a great watchdog
I have Flatcoats, but I'd have to say that if you want a more mellow dog they are not the breed for you. They are still bred to work all day long and as such are quite demanding in terms of both mental and physical exercise. They do make fabulous companions for people that have the time to put a lot of training into them.
I agree that a lab might be a good bet...or a brittany? Chessies are a bit more one-people dogs and not as outgoing and friendly as some of the other retriever breeds.
***Edited By: wabana on 12/6/2006 8:21:57 AM*** Reason: spelling