Just for fun, I was wondering if any of you have thought about what kind of do you'd have if you couldn't have a doodle. I have a long list of dogs I wish for. They all have pros and cons. What other dogs do you love?
I'll start - a few off my list, in no particular order
Portugese Water Dog - doodliest looking, possibly too high energy?
Standard Poodle - If I'm thinking of a show dog, could I pick a more challenging breed to groom?
Golden Retriever - Lots of shedding. Lots of cancer. The cancer issues are more worrisome than the shedding.
Old English Sheepdog - Love their fluffy coat. I don't know too much about them otherwise.
Italian Spinone - Maybe too high energy? Though the ones I've met don't seem to be.
Papillon - perfect coat, perfect pocket size. Big dog in a small package. Hard to housetrain.
Irish Wolfhounds - Don't live long enough. Big poops, big food bill. Gentle giants.
I could go on all day. There aren't many dogs I don't love.
I tend to cross dogs off my list that I've seen to be super high energy and drive. Border Collies, Australian Shepherds, all of the Belgians. But people say that doodles are high energy dogs, and I don't find mine to have ridiculous exercise needs. They're active, but they're also kind of couch potatoes. People talk about Portugese Water Dogs and Spinones being high energy dogs. I always wonder how they compare to mine, and if a lot of it is about perspective. We can play ball. We can go to training classes and for walks, but I'm never going to run 5 miles a day.
I think I've caught the dog show bug just a little, and I'm thinking about what AKC breed I might want way in the future. I love my girls so much. It's hard to decide on a second choice dog breed.