so, i have never had my own dog and my mom has FINALLY buckled down and agreed to go take a look at some dogs at the shelter, preferably a puppy. can you please list some dogs that have a good temperament, easily trainable, and just an overall good first dog? i was thinking a beagle, but what do you guys suggest?
ETA: not too big of a dog, either. the first dogs that came to mind were labs or retrievers, but those get a little big.
ETA2: there is a breed whose coat is almost silver and gold and grey, and i cannot remember the name of the breed for the life of me. any help?