Nan. I am currently looking at some Dalmations. My little one is fanatical about them. I prefer things like bassets, etc. But we will definitly get one from a rescue program of some sort or another. My brother has a miniture pinscher; he loves it. I will look into them though. Thanks for the info site. My husband, Jeff, and I think it is so romatic that you refer to John as your "lifemate". While we have signifigant reliogious differences, I am so blessed to have made your aquaintence.