My brother and his partner are planning on buying a house early next year. Once they have the house they want to get a dog. I don't think his partner has ever owned a dog and she is allergic to cats so they wont be getting a cat. At the moment my brother is thinking about getting a chocolate labrador. He said he will probably do basic obedience but has no interest in agility or trick training, he doesn't see the point in them (I laugh at this because he likes sports (ie, cricket and rugby) which is really no different to dog sports imo). So he asked me what other breeds there are that are like labradors but smaller. He loved our cavaliers, so he might end up getting one of those (I don't think I could get another cav, none will ever be able to match half of the perfection of Paris and Kiefer) and he has never owned his own dog. I said to him that a Staffy would suit him. They are smaller, minimal grooming, very friendly and cuddly, most seem to be calm in the house, very forgiving and gentle, seem to have good health, they are very popular which suggests that they must be easy to live with. But I don't think he likes the look of them. (personally, I love brindle staffies ) I also suggested a Border Terrier, there are a couple at agility that seem very calm and friendly, one has a mentally disabled owner. There is also one at obedience that I think is nice. They don't seem to be too terrier-ish either (if you know what I mean). I was thinking a retired greyhound would also be good, but I don't think he likes the look of them and they may be a bit big (although they probably need less space than most small breeds) so maybe not a whippet either. I'm going to try to convince him not to judge a breed by how it looks. But I guess that's how a lot of people pick breeds. I'll also ask him if would consider an older rescue (I really think he should get a staffie and there are so many in rescue) but I have a feeling he will insist on getting a puppy. He's visiting at christmas (they live in a different city) so I will ask him what qualities he likes in labradors but it would be good if I had a little list of other potential dogs. He said he wouldn't want to do any grooming. I don't think he would want a high energy breed or a very intelligent one that requires mental stimulation . Basically a low maintenance breed that's not too big (sounds like a staffie to me ) . Can any one suggest other breeds that I could tell him to look into?