Iris is probably seven or eight years old, although she acts like a pup. I have her because when Sadie died, I wanted to fill up the vacancy she left behind. I didn't care what kind of dog I got, just so I got one that liked to play with toys, and acted as if she liked me.
I don't plan on losing Iris any time soon, but I am already preparing for her demise by searching for what kind of replacement I want. The number one quality I'm looking for in my next dog is minimal shedding.
I considered poodles, but it's so expensive getting them trimmed.
I was considering schnauzers because a fellow-blogger had pictures of hers on her blog, and they seemed like the sort of dog I'd like. I asked her about her pets, and she did a whole entry about them. Unfortunately, schnauzers have to be trimmed too.
Then I took into consideration the Yorkshire Terrier: Such little cuties they are! But I found out they are prone to all sorts of health problems. Not good.
So now I'm considering some sort of poodle cross that wouldn't have to be groomed.
If any of you readers have suggestions on what sort of non-shedding dog I should consider, please give me some feedback. Hopefully I won't have to decide for many years.