Hello! My family is considering adopting a companion family dog. We would be first time dog owners. We are no in rush to adopt as we want to find a reputable breeder and the right breed. All of the breeders we are looking at will have experience, be members of the AKC specialty breed clubs (Poodle Club of America or Portuguese Club of America) and do all recommended health testing and temperament testing (although some breeders who have been doing this for many years feel that they can test temperament on their own). We are an active home and enjoy being outdoors, trips to the beach and boating, etc. We also enjoy having company and playdates and would want an adaptable dog. We have a family member who works from home so the time during the day with a puppy would not be an issue. The breeds we are narrowed down to at this point are a Standard Poodle and PWD. We know that both breeds are extremely intelligent and high energy. I'm wondering, if between the breeds, those with experience would recommend one over the other. I should also mention that my kids are 2, 7, and 10. I'm not sure if my youngest is simply too young for a dog. We do plan to have both a private trainer and attend group classes. Any feedback is welcome!