Intelligent and fun loving (you'd have to be looking like that) the Miniature Poodle is often very long lived and can survive for more than 17 years. Obedient and sporting, despite its camp looks.
That pretty much sounds like me... except for the part about being funny-looking. :wink:
Origins: France. Associated the Bourbonnais area of central France is a fine hunter of partridge, grouse, and pheasant. Often referred to as the tailless pointer, it seems to derive from the Pyrennes, where a number of other French dogs also originated.
The Braque du Bourbonnais is a calm and affectionate family companion, provided they get plenty of exercise. When hunting they are full of passion, cautious, balanced, cooperative and intelligent. They are people oriented and not happy if isolated from the family.
"Rhodesian Ridgebacks are loyal and intelligent and somewhat aloof to strangers. This is not to be confused with aggression; a Ridgeback of proper temperament will be more inclined to ignore, rather than challenge, a stranger. This breed requires positive, reward-based training, good socialization and consistency; it is often not the best choice for inexperienced dog owners. Ridgebacks are strong-willed, intelligent, and many seem to have a penchant for mischief, though loving. They are protective of their owners and families. If trained well, they can be excellent guard dogs, although this particular trait should not be encouraged. Like any dog, they can become aggressive when they are not socialised properly."