I have a Standard Poodle named George. George is 10 years old and came to me as a puppy from Giselle Bursee, an excellent breeder who lives in Scarborough, Ontario. I adore George, and consider him to be one of the smartest and sweetest tempered dogs I've ever known.
George also sports a very fine coat that never fails to pique fiber people when they meet him.
They plant an inquiring hand on his head, stroke the ear fluff a little and say "Have you ever considered spinning this?"
I've heard a lot about spinning dog fur and hair, and I do think that someday, I'd like to blend a little of George into some BFL for a keepsake (because dogs don't live forever). Truth be told, some breeds of dog produce more fiber a year than most sheep, but my understanding of dog fiber is that it never quite surrenders the doggy smell, and it does need a little wool to help it stick together in the spinning.
So the answer is yes, I have thought about it,but no, I won't be sending George out for a shearing any time soon. He does bear a resemblance to the Mary Pratt fleece you see there next to him, doesn't he? (acquired by Juno at Rhinebeck--thanks again dear-- finally finished washing this weekend, destined to be an Aran of some sort, if you're asking) That resemblance struck me on Thursday as I dug it out and prepared for the nice fleece drying weather we had. I thought about it again, like I need more fiber, but decided against it yet again if only to preserve George's good looks. A shearing is such an undignified haircut for a pet. I mean, have you ever seen a shaved cat?