Going back through this forum to see if some other questions occurring to me have already been answered, and came upon this thread I started back in November.
I should update everyone.. I ended up deciding on a Toy Poodle, and thus far couldn't be happier with our little guy. The deciding factor (I guess that's obvious) was size, wanting a dog who would get to 15 lbs tops, leaving Miniatures out. It's reckoned this guy will reach 6 or 7 lbs, smaller than we had originally thought, but I think that'll be perfect for us. (why do I feel like I'm talking about a turkey here?)
We might have to get more that one if we want him to pull our dog sled (another thread)....but we're starting with one, ha ha.
Many thanks for all your comments and suggestions.