Affable. Energetic. Loving. Poodles are fluffy and friendly dogs that love being devoted members of a happy family household. With a variety of dog sizes to choose from, Poodles can make excellent and active pets in big homes or lapdog favourites in small apartments.
If you a seeking a prim and proper canine companion that suits a variety of lifestyles, then a Poodle might be the perfect fit for you.
Where I'm From
The Poodle joins the world's oldest breeds of dog with similar-looking dogs appearing on ancient Greek and Egyptian relics. Whilst its true ancestry is unclear, the modern day Poodle originates from Germany where they were developed as water dogs that specialise in waterfowl retrieval. Their name stems from the German word pudel, meaning “to splash about".
The breed was refined and standardised in neighbouring France where it became the country's national breed favoured by aristocracy. The French developed the breed from the medium-large sized Standard into the Miniature and Toy varieties that remain popular today.
What I Look Like
Poodles are renown for their single-layer woolly and curly coats that give them a lamb-like appearance. Famous for their designer haircuts and well-to-do owners, Poodles come in 3 different sizes: Standard, which is a medium-large dog, Miniature, a small dog, and a tiny Toy variety that usually stands under thirty centimeters. Under the Poodle's full, fluffy coat is a slender frame, long snout and floppy, face-hugging ears.
How I Act
Poodles are one of the most intelligent dog breeds with good long-term memories. They are affectionate and devoted pets that thrive in a close family environment and are good with kids. Though the smallest Toy varieties may not be suitable for very small children who may cause unintentional injury to the delicate pup.
Poodles, especially smaller varieties, may develop neurosis if excessively pampered. This can lead to a number of behavioural problems including your dog believing they are a family pack leader, suspicion of strangers and destructive tendencies.
Due to their extreme intelligence Poodles make excellent students. They prosper in dog training school and enjoy bonding with their masters. It is best that Poodles are trained and socialised from a young age in order to grow into well-rounded pets and temper any anxious tendencies.
Though the Standard needs a decent 30-minute to 1-hour walk daily, Miniature and Toy Poodles can tire out by home-based play and require much less outside exercise.
Looking After Me
Poodles are generally healthy pups. However, they can suffer from a range of ailments including eye diseases such as Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), a range of allergies and ear infections. Standards can also endure hip dysplasia or bloat. Smaller Poodle varieties can suffer from teeth overcrowding (Toy) or joint problems.
It is advisable to check the temperament and medical history of a puppy's parents and view veterinarian clearance certificates to ensure you get a healthy dog. Be very wary of uncertified backyard breeders.
Standard Poodles can live 10-14 years, whilst their Miniature and Toy cousins can live much longer potentially up to 20 years.
Poodles need to be fed high-quality dog food twice a day depending on size of dog and packaging instructions.
They are high-maintenance dogs that need a fair degree of upkeep to remain in tiptop shape. Their non-shedding woolly coat needs to be clipped every few weeks to keep their coat manageable. Many owners just crop the coat short though some try to retain designer haircuts. If you are thinking of purchasing a Poodle, you need to factor in the costs of professional upkeep unless you are willing to learn how to trim your Poodle yourself.
Poodles also need daily brushing and a bath every few weeks to prevent fur matting and dirt accumulating in their coat.
Am I the pet for you?
Standard Poodles are energetic pups. They are best for family homes with backyards as well as active owners that can exercise their pup often and keep its mind active. Standard Poodles are not the ideal pets for inexperienced dog owners.
Miniature and Toy varieties are comfortable in apartments and best for singles, seniors and families with older children.
- Poodles make great family-friendly pets that are suitable for children. Though smaller Toy varieties are not a good fit for small children who could cause pups serious harm due to rough play. Like with all dogs, Poodles should be supervised when around children.
- Poodles have a hypoallergenic, shed-free coat, which is great for many allergy sufferers.
- Standard Poodles can make excellent guard dogs alerting the household to visitors and intruders.
- The non-shedding Poodle coat means these dogs need frequent hair trims and doggie beauty care, which can be costly unless you are willing to learn how to do it yourself.
- Some Poodles, especially the smaller Miniature and Toy varieties, can become neurotic and unpredictable if overly pampered without a firm, boundary-setting master.
- Standard Poodles need active owners and sufficient daily exercise or could become destructive and difficult to manage.
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