Are you a Poodle person?

Find out if this intelligent breed is for you.

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Lets take each question one at a time:

1. Having time for a dog does not mean that you cannot work and own a dog. Your pet will need quality time, though. He must be fed on schedule and exercised several times a day. For the Standard Poodle, that means at least a long walk or a good romp in the morning and the evening. All Poodles need to be loved and will enjoy rides in the car with you. You must work with your Poodle to have an obedient dog with good manners.

2. A fenced yard will give your dog ample space. Never let him out loose to run the neighborhood. Remember, it is your responsibility to keep the yard clean of feces. When walking your dog, it is essential to carry a plastic bag or two to pick up droppings.

3. Previous dog ownership will give you a good idea of what a dog expects from you and what you must do for your dog. The Poodle is smart and needs an owner that is equally as smart as, or smarter than, he is!

4.The Standard Poodle is a large dog, not like a Miniature or Toy Poodle who will sit on your lap. The Standard will take up a fair amount of space, whether on the sofa next to you or riding in the car. He will need ample room to run in his fenced-in yard, and he must have a crate that is large enough for him to be comfortable. The Toy Poodle, because of his tiny size, can be difficult to own if you have small children who like to roughhouse with a pet. The Miniature is average-sized and easy to fit into any household, although kids must still handle him with extreme care.

5. Grooming a heavily coated breed is nearly a constant job. The Standard, because he has more square inches to cover, requires the most time. If you do not groom regularly, your dog will become matted, dirty and smelly, and the grooming job will be considerable. Left long enough, you will have to take the dog to a groomer and have him shaved down. You want your dog to look like a Poodle, and a healthy one at that!

Next step: Poodle Overview

Reprinted from Breeders Best: Poodle © 2004. Permission granted by Kennel Club Books, an imprint of BowTie Press.


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Janis   Kingman, Arizona

6/5/2014 7:45:45 PM

I Have had TOY poodles most of my life grew up with them they are wonderful, have had a few litters of pups, all owners love them, I have learned to groom them myself and just keep them in a puppy cuts, They even help each other raise a little of pups. One of my females died having pups and the other nursed all its pups, got milk and was not even expecting. They wait patience at the window waiting for me to come home from work, and love romps with the horses, think they are big dogs, watch the house, and even chase mice away. Will put up with the grandkids, and love swims in the pool, however not for small kids They all sleep in the bed with me and all have there spots, love munchies right before bed. Love rides in car even if its to get the mail or newspaper, will work hard to do what you want them to do, people pleaser. Have loved them for many years..

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Resee   Mullins, South Carolina

1/8/2014 4:22:08 PM

We have two Toy Poodles, and they're definitely family members! These little dogs are loaded with personality, very intelligent, easy for the diligent and consistent owner to train, loyal, affectionate, and in our experiences, tend to conform to the owner's activity level. They are, indeed, companion dogs that depend upon and cherish the company of their humans. They're also great watch dogs, but they are not "little yappers." We have always provided rawhides and chew toys, so we have NEVER had shoes, furniture, etc. to be damaged by our poodles. Last but not least, this breed does not shed or have that unpleasant "doggy odor." Our little fur-babies are absolutely awesome and have added so much love and joy to our lives!

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Judith   Magnolia, Texas

5/18/2013 7:45:08 PM

We have had our Toy Poodle for over 12years now. I have always wanted a black Toy Poodle & one day went out & got her. She is wonderful, she goes everywhere we go & I believe she has helped me with my health problems. We traveled around for awhile & she didn't see our grandchildren until she was 5yrs old. I worried about how she would act because they were small children, one was only 11 months old. She was just great, very happy & jumping & playing with them for awhile. Now she has just developed some arthritis in her left hip, so we have to give her 2shots a week. She's very good about it, she has her limitations.

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diane   Indianapolis, IN

3/30/2012 11:06:40 AM

I have a standard poodle and he is awesome. He is elegant and very protective of me. The only "trouble" I have is with chronic ear infections that I working with our vet to correct. This involves massaging his ears with a medication twice a day.

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