At the Dog Pools you can see big and little dogs, and big and little humans. At the risk of stereotyping, men often like big or ‘butch’ types of dogs, such as alsatians and staffordshire bull terriers, while women tend towards smaller ‘cutie-pie’ dogs, maltese terriers and King Charles spaniels. The other day I met a young woman with a tiny fox-terrier cross and a large ‘blokey’ sort of dog as well in tow. In the course of our conversation, she said that the latter belonged to her boyfriend, and that they had moved in together several years ago. Because our dog chose us, this theory does not hold up in our case. Luckily he’s very cute.
As far as children’s tastes in dogs, they seem to go for the hybrid types that are very popular these days: ‘labradoodles’, ‘maltipoos’ and ‘schnoodles’, just to name a few.