I am definitely an "everyone else" in this thread as my wife is the dog lover at our house. We've gone without a dog for about 5 years and with the kids being 4-1/2 and 6 years old I'm out of viable excuses for getting another dog. On Monday we made an impromptu trip to a breeder in Rainier, WA to take a look at the Royal Frenchel "designer" hybrid. They are a mix of four breeds, but primarily French Bulldog and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. I was really impressed by how all of the dogs behaved when we arrived and specifically Cicero, the micro that we were there to meet. He'll be coming home on Friday when we have a four day stretch to be mostly home and then he goes in to get snipped on Tuesday. He is just over a year old and weighs about 10 lbs. He is supposed to just fill out a bit more over the next year or so.
Our last dog was a 180 lb Rottweiler so this is pretty much the opposite extreme. The price per lb for the Rottweiler was much better since we picked up him from a couple of Army guys (one cried when we took him and the other couldn't even be there) that realized that the didn't have the time to take care of him properly rather than a breeder.