From time to time you will be hearing about my dog, Izze. We adore her and if you are thinking of getting a pet, you may want to consider this:
They Are Not Designer. They Are A Tried And True Breed.
The Poodle hails from Germany where it was actually first bred and was referred to as a Pudl. Pudl is German for “to splash” and Poodles were widely used to retrieve water fowl. The “fou fou” haircut that is typically associated with Poodles was actually designed to keep their joints warm while in the water while not having too much hair to weigh them down. Though a German dog, Poodles gained fame in France for being “trick dogs” and were a favorite of King Louis XVI and Queen Anne.
They Love Hard
Toy Poodles love their people. You will be the center of their universe. Sure, they will romp with other dogs given the opportunity, but given a choice between you and “the other dog” they will always choose you. They will endlessly bring you toys to throw because they love to play with you. They will spend endless hours on your lap simply to be near you. They will smother you with kisses and you will love every minute of it.
If you want your next dog to be affectionate and playful, this is the breed for you.
Poodles don’t actually have fur, they have hair. What this means for you is they do not shed. Ever. Their hair will keep growing, just like human hair, so you will need to get them groomed every 4 – 6 weeks. It’s a small price to pay for clothing and furniture that isn’t covered with fur.
Because they have hair and are groomed frequently, they are very allergy friendly. There is no truly hypoallergenic dog and if a breeder or pet store owner tells you otherwise, they are misinformed. Some people can handle poodle mixes with ease, but for those who have asthma,or very severe allergies, a poodle is probably your best first choice. If you buy from a reputable breeder, they will allow you to purchase your pet and return it if you are allergic to it. But then, of course, you’ll have a broken heart.
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They Are Smart
The Poodle is in the top ten smartest dogs, right behind Border Collie and German Shepherd. Training is a breeze with this breed not only because they are smart but because they are such people pleasers. My Toy Poodle was house trained in two days and was only 8 weeks old. While I’d like to take the credit for training her so well, she is really just that smart.
The Poodle’s intelligence is best on display in obedience classes and agility. Take your new puppy to an obedience class and she will shine. Because Poodles are long legged and bright, they also make great agility dogs. Agility is the sport where you guide your dog through an obstacle course that includes tunnels, weaving, hurdles, etc. Agility courses are also timed tests and because your Poodle loves you, she will run her heart out for you.
Top 10 Smartest Dogs
1. Border Collie
3. German Shepherd
4. Golden Retriever
5. Shetland Sheepdog
6. Labrador Retriever
8. Doberman Pinscher
10. Australian Cattle Dog
Source – Animal Planet
They Are Portable
This may not have occurred to you as a characteristic you would like to see in your next pet, but it’s a biggie. Once you bring that little ball of fur home you are going to want to spend all your time with her. If you have an active lifestyle, the last thing you will want is to be leaving your new pet home all alone while you’re off having fun.
Love to bike? Toy Poodles, at their largest, are 10 inches at the shoulders. Some weigh as much as 9 pounds while others weigh as little as 5. We have a special basket for our Poodle that attaches to the front of one of our bikes. A 20 mile bike ride is fun for your Poodle because she is with you. The amount of weight they add to your bike ride is negligible.
Love to shop? Carrying your Poodle with you window shopping is a breeze as they make many fashionable portable dog “purses”. Many establishments in bigger cities will let you bring your dog inside their store as long as they are in their “purse”. They love being around you and are easy to take just about anywhere because of their size. You can’t carry a Labrador through Macy’s.
Love to travel? Toy poodles can easily fit under your seat on an airplane. You will need to purchase an airline approved carrier for your pet as well as have your vet fill out health forms assuring your dog is healthy for travel. Picture yourself strolling in Miami, or sitting beachside with a cocktail and your best friend. Heaven.
My sister has alway s had large dogs. The last three she had were two Weimaraners, Ruby and Piper, and a Molly, a Black Labrador Retriever. They were wonderful dogs. When the Black Lab got older she developed hip problems. Going up and downstairs was extremely painful for her so my sister would carry her up and down the stairs. Molly weighed 80 pounds. You can imagine how challenging it was for my sister to carry her up and down multiple times per day. (She lived in a split level so there really was no avoiding the stairs on a daily basis.) As my sister aged the carrying became harder and harder for her to do. The moral is, is you’re somewhat “older” the size of the dog you choose can really matter.
A Toy Poodles average lifespan is from 12 – 15 years. You will find that many Toy Poodles, with high quality vet care, are living to 18 and some as long as 20 years. Larger dogs have shorter lives, sadly. The Great Dane averages a mere 9 years. The longer you can have your best friend stick around the better.
The Poodle is actually one breed with three different sizes – Standard, Miniature and Toy. The Toy is any purebred Poodle that is 10 inches or less at the shoulders. Poodles come in 10 different colors – apricot, black, blue, brown, cream, gray, red, silver, silver beige and white.
If you are interested in making a Toy Poodle puppy your next best friend, please visit the AKC website to find a list of reputable breeders in your area. AKC (American Kennel Club) has notated what they refer to as “Breeders of Merit”. They have been singled out as breeders with the highest of standards and who strive to maintain breed integrity and the health of their puppies.
If your heart is set on a puppy, it may be necessary to purchase one from a breeder. It is hard to find pure bred poodle puppies at rescue shelters. If you are a bit more flexible, there are many rescue agencies that have poodles waiting for their forever home. While many rescues suffer from trauma and neglect, with love and good vet care, they make incredible strides and make loving and grateful forever friends. Go to Petfinder to find a dog in your area that is just right for you.
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Whether you decide to rescue a poodle or purchase one from a breeder, please remember to spay or neuter your pet.
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