is a big mistake because companion animals are not pets...they are partners. they will share your heart, home, your life..or at least they are supposed to.
humans need to give their researching heads a shake in their searches for the perfect pet.
we don't pick our human life partners based on size, color, age, race or creed and maybe we shouldn't be picking our life long animal partners on size, sex, hair color, age or breed. maybe we should be picking them because their unique personality blends well with our unique personality and it makes us a great team.
I have so many discussions with folks who want a puppy or a poodle or a goldie..they have the perfect dog in their heads and it is picture perfect.
hmmm...well pictures are flat little squares of shiny colored paper....animals are way more than that.
my advice to folks is if you really and truly want to meet the dog of your dreams, go to the shelters, open your mind and hearts and meet someone real. you may go home with a middle aged, fat, homely mixed breed dog with two different colored eyes who is totally unlike your perfect picture and he or she may just be the exact right match to steal your heart forever.