I have been researching poodles for about 6 months now. I have had shelties my whole life and I am looking into a new breed for a few reasons and poodles seem to fit the needs. I now have 3 people in the family allergic to dogs. My family has been highly afflicted with Lyme disease so I want a dog that has either very little coat or a coat that can be clipped very short in tick season. I like to hike and want an "off-leash" dog that is responsive and obedient. I spend time at the beach and need a dog that does not get over heated and enjoys the water. I also need a dog that is calm in the house and flexible when it comes to his environment. I know a lot of what I want can be satisfied with a Labrador retriever, but I just seem to avoid that breed for some reason. Today I have been trying to look up wether light colored poodles, when clipped short, will sun burn. Thank you!