So here goes....
Group 1: Sporting Dogs
Well, obviously I have a lab, and since I can't choose that (although I would have another Sophie again in a heartbeat, at least today! HA!) I would choose either a German Shorthaired Pointer because I love, LOVE how they look or a Golden Retriever because I love that fabulous personality! Or maybe a Weim. Or a flat coated retriever. I love my sporting dogs, after all! I understand the Retriever mentality of eat, play, love, sleep. It just works for me, and I love to giggle at their crazy antics. Being that I am way too serious and driven about life, I love the balance of living with the crazy goofball antics of a fun loving Retriever.
Group 2: Hounds
While I do not think I could live with a super skinny dog, I love whippets and greyhounds. I think they are some of the sweetest dogs on the planet and I just love their soft eyes and shy personalities.
Group 3: Working Dogs
I would get a Maremma Sheepdog if they were recognized by the CKC. Because they are not, I would choose a Great Pyrenees or a Kuvasz, as the next best thing! I love that they are big, fluff balls and are so tough and able to protect.
Group 4: Terriers
Alright, this is completely out of character for me, but if I had to choose a terrier, I would get a Westie, just because those cute little white faces just gets me everytime!! I am not convinced a Westie would ever be the right choice for me, as I like a sturdy dog who can handle so dog sports, but they are sure cute!
Group 5: Toy
I would have a Chinese Crested without a doubt because they are so quirky and unusal. But, I doubt I actually would as I don't like to have to dress a dog but they would absolutely need that to handle Saskatchewan winters!
Group 6:Non Sporting
I would love to get a Bichon. I have to be honest, if I was to get a small breed dog, this would be it without a doubt. I love their shy little temperaments and their ability to do circus tricks! I also love the idea of a Dalmation as they are pretty and I really just like their spots.
Group 7: Herding
I would have a Border Collie, hands down for sure. Of course, Spike is part BC, so I suppose I should choose a different breed for this so I would have a Bouvier because they are hairy and bouncy and just plain fun! Honestly though, most herding dogs baffle me, and I am much happier in the sporting camp because at least while they are driven to work, they have a much better off switch than the herding breeds do.
So now I totally cheated because I just can't decide in so many categories. Really, I love my guys and I love their temperaments and this is really just a theoretical activity anyway. Ah, the joys of dreaming of all the dogs I could have and the jobs they could do. It's always fun!