I've been thinking about this a lot lately as Riley reaches her maximum size...What is my ideal SIZE of dog? We want another dog in a few years once our son is a bit older and Riley is more settled so it's got me thinking.
Forget for a minute about breeds, coat type, whatever... I've had 3 very different sizes of dogs - a 12 lb Bichon (Yoshi), 38 lb mini goldendoodle (Luna) and now a ~75 lb standard bernedoodle (Riley).
I think my ideal dog size falls somewhere between Luna and Riley, around the 50-60 lb range.
Luna's size was good in many ways, mostly in terms of just physically being able to control and lift her more easily. It was also nice that if I placed things about 6" away from the edge of the kitchen counter there's no way she could get them... (See also: Reasons I don't want a cat lol)
Riley is tall, big enough to put her nose up on a kitchen counter without her paws leaving the ground. She's also VERY strong, stronger than I am and almost too heavy for me to lift (definitely too heavy to lift without potentially hurting myself). DH thinks Riley is the perfect size (or possibly secretly he wishes she were larger), probably because he doesn't have the same physical struggles as I do with her.
Things to consider when I go on my next breed hunt... though who am I kidding we are probably going to end up with another doodle lol.
What's your ideal dog size?