Most of my dogs have been Poodles and Portuguese Water Dogs because they are non-shedding dogs and I have a family member who has a slight allergy to dogs.

These are both wonderful breeds.  Top left is a picture of Dakota, a blue miniature poodle who will turn dark gray sometime before his 3rd birthday.  Below Dakota is Neeka, a black and white wavy Portuguese Water Dog.  On the right is Phoenix, a curly cafe colored Portuguese Water Dog. Phoenix was born brown and “cleared” to this lighter color.  Many poodles and Portuguese Water Dogs have the fading gene.  We were surprised when Phoenix cleared to cafe, but we understood that when Dakota came home as a black colored poodle, that he would clear to gray.  We are looking forward to seeing his final color.


Over the years I have had pets other than dogs.  I had fish, turtles, hermit crabs, gerbils, and Netherland Dwarf Rabbits.  My life has been taken up with dogs for many years, but I would imagine I will have smaller pets again in the years ahead.

Helpful Links

Poodle Club of America (PCA)

Versatility in Poodles (VIP)

Orthopedic Foundation of Animals (OFA)

American Kennel Club (AKC)

United Kennel Club (UKC)