Thinking About Dog Breeds

I’ll probably make a post about New Year’s soon, but I wanted to talk a bit about dog breeds.

I know it’s a possibility that I won’t get to keep Lukas. I realized, though, that I would strongly prefer to get a dog with a similar coat as him. His fur feels a LOT like Zack’s fur too, and my creative writing teacher brought her golden retriever/poodle mix to class a couple times. His coat was a little more curly than I like, but a bit similar too. So I know it’s not just the puppy fur.

These three are all poodle mixes. Their fur is thick, soft, and stands up like kind of poofing out from the body? So I can run my fingers inside it and it’s really comforting, for myself personally. Even in places where it’s not necessarily poofy, the consistency makes it easy to hold between my fingers.

I realized that these are things I like specifically about their fur in my recent holiday visit to Oklahoma. Toffee’s Schnauzer-mix fur is slightly wiry and flat on her body. Buddy’s Yorkie fur is also flat, for the most part. I love to pet them and give them love and attention, but I guess part of why they don’t comfort me as much is that their coat type isn’t right at all for me personally.

This is a challenge. I’m left to wonder, is it bad to want a service dog with a specific coat? It wouldn’t be for my emotional needs anyway, but isn’t it better if it can do the tasks and its fur would provide tactile comfort (if that makes sense)? Or should I forget about the coat type?

I’m not sure yet.

I looked into lab/retriever and poodle mix breeders, though, and some of them do temperament testing on their pups. If I can’t go with Lukas, I may look into one of those, if I still want to owner-train (which I kind of do, because I love working with/training dogs). If not, I’ve found a program I like, but need to look into more programs in case I find a better fit.

I know that “goldendoodles”/”labradoodles” are controversial though. The question of if they’re hypoallergenic, the motive for breeding them, etc. I hope that preferring their coat type wouldn’t be a bad reason for me to want one. I know they’re not necessarily hypoallergenic also, but the reduced shedding is still nice to me. (I’m so used to being around poodle mixes now that I’m sometimes surprised to pet a dog that sheds so much!) I like the poodle mixes, not for their cutesy name or whatever it was that got them popular, but for their specific look.

I don’t know. When it comes down to it, I just find the fur texture comforting in a way that other fur types aren’t. And I hope that’s okay.

(Pictured is Lukas, sleeping.)

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