It's Much Too Soon, But, What Kind of Dog for Me?
The reason I say it's much too soon is that I'm a cat person, currently with four, one of whom is extremely timid, just plain scared of everything. I'm not going to even look at dogs until she is gone, which, hopefully, won't be for a good many years yet. I'm pretty sure the other three could handle a cat friendly dog.
That said, I have wanted a dog my entire life, but never had one. The parents didn't want one around when I was growing up and circumstances were just never right, once I was an adult. So, I have dreamed about having a dog for most of my life and fully intend on making that dream come true, sometime.
So, I'm a complete newbie about dogs, and I want to make the right choices. I'm not much of a disciplinarian, sadly, either. I'm thinking for both of those reasons, an "easy" dog would be a likely candidate. I'm also older, and planning on moving to a retirement type community in about 10 years, so small is probably better.
I'm drawn to two breeds, poodles and greyhounds. I'm a little iffy about greyhounds because of their size and chase instincts, but, having been in equine placement, I like the idea of giving a racing greyhound a home. And, I wonder if poodles are a little too smart and tough for me.
So, just to facilitate my dreaming, and focus on the perfect dog for me (in reality, I know that there's no such thing as a perfect dog), what are your thoughts and suggestions?