Congrats on the new home! Hope to see pictures soon.
As for a dog. We're partial to Rotties and Malamutes.
Seriously, both breeds are very smart and relatively easy to train, although rotties in the teenage yars (1 to 3 years) like to challenge you.
Rotties are out, that's a given for us.
Malamutes are nice, but long hair. We both have allergies to long hairs.
We're thinking a Lab of some color or maybe a Beagle. We don't want a "yipper" type dog, nor one that's going to be terribly difficult to train or maintain.
I'd think about the pound, but I'd like to know the breed or mixed breed. No mutts. They are very unpredictable. Also, we want a puppy, not a youth or adult dog. You just don't know what they've gone through before you get them. My heart goes out to them, but I don't want a dog that is shy of humans and I can't pet because it may have been mistreated by it's former owners.
That decision however won't be made until closer to spring. WE've got a ton of stuff to do before then to get the house in order.
I'll post pics as soon as I can, preferably after much of the boxes, bags and tubs are in place (if not packed away). The 21st/22nd is another big weekend. That is when I'll be moving my collection HOME! It's been in a storage unit for years, slowly building, while I never get to view it. Now it will be home. While most initially won't be displayed, at least I know I'll be able to view it whenever I like without having to make a trip to do so.