So, you have decided to become a Poodle parent! Congratulations! Poodles are precious dogs that date back to the 15th century. Once used primarily as hunting dogs, poodles have become a popular family favorite around the world. Today, poodles are not just pets; They are also service dogs for the disabled, as well as participants in competitive obedience and agility competitions. Poodles are energetic dogs that require a lot of exercise and, of course, a lot of grooming.
If the Poodle’s grooming needs haven’t freaked you out yet, you’re in good shape! But don’t ignore the following information on dog care. For example, do you know what kind of poodle you want to add to your family? There are several different types available, including standard, miniature, and toy. The standard poodle is 21 to 26 inches tall, weighs 45 to 70 pounds, and lives for approximately 11 to 13 years. They come in a variety of colors including white, cream, brown, apricot, black, silver, and blue. There are poodles that are a mix of colors available; however, the AKC only recognizes solids.
Miniature Poodles were originally bred as lap dogs and still serve that purpose today. They are 11 to 15 inches tall, weigh 26 to 30 pounds, and live for approximately 12 to 14 years. Miniature poodles are smaller versions of the standard. They are adaptable dogs and do just as well in the city as they are in the country or in the suburbs. They are perfect roommates as long as they get their daily exercise and have plenty of toys to keep them occupied.
Both the standard poodle and the miniature poodle do well with other animals, especially if they are socialized early. Poodles are carefree dogs that tend to get excited easily. They can quickly become a nuisance to older pets, so if you have an older dog, it’s important to teach your Poodle proper dog manners early on. All three varieties of Poodle are smart and fast learners. Because Poodles tend to get excited easily, training should be calm, positive, and consistent! When training your poodle, patience will be key. These dogs aim to please their owners, but they quickly get bored if the training isn’t fun and interactive.
The Toy Poodle is, in a word, adorable! Although they look like cute plush toys, don’t let them fool you! Toy Poodles aren’t just fashion accessories for celebrities; they are fun, fluffy balls that are fast and pretty smart. Toy Poodles are ideal if you live in a small apartment and hate exercise. These little lap dogs will keep you company and hug you until the cows come home. Unfortunately, due to its popularity, the miniature poodle has kept many puppy mills in business. If you are considering purchasing a Poodle of any kind, please, please buy only from a responsible breeder or better yet save a life and adopt from a Poodle rescue group.
Most purebred dogs have certain medical problems that they are prone to and the Poodle is no exception. Possible medical problems for the standard poodle include: malformation of the hip (dysplasia), eye problems such as cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy, and Willebrand’s disease, which is a bleeding disorder. Standard Poodles are also prone to swelling and ear infections. Miniature and toy poodles are also prone to medical problems such as dislocated patella, epilepsy, and progressive retinal atrophy. All poodles can suffer from skin disorders if their coats are not properly groomed and cared for. As with any dog, it is important to take your Poodle to the vet for regular health check-ups and vaccinations.
Grooming your poodle is very important. It is a task that cannot be ignored! Poodles have thick, curly coats that require daily brushing. If not groomed consistently, poodles can easily develop matting that can cause skin problems and infections. The less you groom your poodle, the greater the chance that you will have to take your four-legged friend to the vet and that means money from your wallet. Poodles should also be cut every six to eight weeks. Their fur doesn’t shed and will quickly become a big matted mess if not trimmed. If you don’t have time for proper Poodle maintenance, it would be wise to choose a different breed. Although poodles are fun, smart, and wonderful family dogs, if they are not cared for properly, they will be miserable and so will you when your bank account goes down due to vet bills.
Poodles make wonderful family pets. They have an air of elegance and are very intelligent. Whether you choose the Standard, Miniature or Toy, you will add a loving and affectionate dog to your family.