1. So far, I have looked at Burmese cats, because they seem more friendly/affectionate than your average cat. What other cat breeds are friendly, affectionate?
2. Looking at dogs, Border Terriers and Poodles are both allergy-friendly, and look like decent family dogs. What is your favorite dog breed? What are some very low maintenance, friendly, dogs?
Edit: Thanks for all of the help/advice, I seem to have irked a few people with my ignorance. I won't respond individually but I've read all the comments and will take them into consideration. We aren't going to pay for an animal when so many need a home, and we won't be taking on anything that requires more of us than we are willing to give.