You've got great 'style'! Your Look is definitely in evidence.
Downs breeds don't needle as firmly as other breed choices, but I think you'll enjoy the firmness that you can needle in: wool fiber goes past the springy stage that you experienced with fiberfil and will remain where you put it, instead of moving/changing shape as you handle it.
The degree of firmness will depend on the length of time spent needling: as a beginner it's too easy to stop too soon, thinking that you'll 'mess up or lose' a line or curve or depression you just needled in. On the contrary, NOT needling enough may lose the line, as it's insubstantial underneath and not giving a good, solid support.
Thank you for all your kind comments.
Dakota only took me an hour to make, kind of an impulse craft thing.
My daughter tackled a mouse and she didn't do too bad either for 13.
Now that just means I have to buy supplies.
Would love to tackle some more polar bears and some hands and arm for some new animals I have in mind for the new year.