The first dog I ever had was a black miniature, Lady. When she died, I had another black miniature bitch, Robbie - a neighbour introduced me to the world of Obedience Training, and Robbie excelled. Except when she did heelwork on her hind legs. Later I had Max, a huge black Standard, a great big softie. Now I have Pepe - a parti-coloured Standard. Because of his markings, few people recognize him as a Poodle - I am sure some people go home and tell their family that they have met some poor deluded woman who thinks she's got a poodle!