If you don't have any experience owning a dog, a Lab or a Golden Retriever would be a good choice. They are friendly, train easily as long as their owner is consistent, and there is plenty of material available in print and online to help an owner with any question they may have about bringing up Retriever. You should have a fenced yard and be willing to take your dog on walks, because they are an active breed. They are also prone to obesity if overfed (and they love food!) But they are loveable, great family pets....and also, surprisingly good watch dogs. Consider adopting a lab/retriever from a rescue group. You'll get a dog that has many of his or her puppy problems outgrown, but still has lots life left and of love to give.