It's been about twelve years since our dog died, and we have never talked seriously about getting another. But sometimes I miss having a dog, so we started thinking about it.
I've always wanted to have a big dog--maybe a yellow Lab or a golden retriever--but I am not confident that we could provide enough exercise for a dog like that. And after the challenges posed by our last dog--a beagle/springer spaniel mix who was sweet but also stubborn, hard to train, and prone to barking and chewing--I wanted to do the research rather than just choosing a cute puppy.
At least a few websites have free quizzes to help identify a dog breed that's a good fit for your family. I consistently indicated that we wanted an easy-care dog. When I got the results and eliminated the breeds that are pricey or ugly, I was surprised to find the Bichon Frise remaining. Not a breed that I'd ever considered owning!
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