Having finally settled into our “forever house” (after 22 years and 15 homes while active duty military) we are ready to get a puppy. For years I’ve been wanting a standard size poodle (had some great experiences with them growing up), but after a few hikes around our 11 acres I’m doubting the wisdom of a curly-coated dog in an area full of sticktights (not sure what the real name is, they are tiny oval burrs that stick to fuzzy stuff, they wipe right off jeans and our slick coated miniature pinscher). A little about us: we are a family of three and our daughter is 17. We have a min-pin (8yrs. old) and a cat (3) both of which live indoors. We will eventually have chickens, dwarf Nigerian goats, and bees. We live on 11 acres approximately 2 of which will be fenced off as a “yard”. We specifically want a puppy because we feel like our min-pin would adapt better to a puppy than an adult dog. We want something easy-going, snuggly (min-pins are fun, and funny, but not snuggly!), friendly, with a low prey drive, and easy to train. We are open to all sizes but would prefer something larger than the min-pin but not much bigger than a golden I’d love to hear your recommendations!