So the dog quest was continuing merrily along with it looking like the Chow was going to be the winner (The Water Dog, while lovely, requires too much attention and space). However, Colette entered the contest with her suggestion, which is a Coton de Tulear. Yes, it has a French name which immediately made me suspicious. It sounded like a very fruffy dog.
However, the description of the dog is quite appealing.
"Temperament is one of the main characteristics of the breed. They are happy, stable and sociable with humans as well as other dogs. It has been said that they are Labrador Retrievers in a small package."
They've also been described as "miniature sheepdogs" which, if you take a look at the picture, is pretty easy to see.
Yeah, it's a little smaller and cuter than I might have gone for. But I would have been perfectly happy with a retriever of some sort. But I just don't think that's a realistic breed to have here given the size of our accommodations, the weather and our lifestyles. I have met far too many well meaning dog owners that have terribly misbehaving or miserable dogs. Dad meets them all the time when he's delivering mail.
Get the dog you can handle and fits in with your lifestyle. Otherwise you and the dog are going to be pretty miserable. The Coton looks like it would be a good match for our lifestyle.
This is by no means a certainty yet. There is a breeder in Ottawa, which is encouraging. We're going to contact them to see if there is going to be a litter ready for around the middle of August. We also have to see about the price. They can be expensive, however since we have little interest in the papers and would likely be willing to have the dog fixed right away, hopefully that will curb some of the price.
We shall see. Cathy might end up popping into the SPCA when in Ottawa and getting a mutt, which will probably do just fine.
Here's hoping if we do get this kind of dog, the ravens don't carry him away some evening. They weight about 12 pounds. A bit heavy for one raven to make off with. Maybe two working together though...
Collection - Tracy Chapman