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Old 12-15-2012, 10:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone! I just picked up a 6 year old standard poodle & named her Brle. She is the absolute sweetest dog I have ever met. She's very relaxed and goes with the flow. I am a bit concerned, however, because she is a "show quality dog" so when I picked we up she knows zero commands... I was told that show dogs are discouraged from sitting.. Is that true? It looked like they had a bit of a puppy mill going in when I arrived. None of the dogs were groomed. When I arrive home after a 1.5 hour drive from picking her up, my hand was BLACK because she was so filthy. I had her groomed and she looks amazing! My daughter who's also six is absolutely thrilled since she has had dog allergies her whole life and we finally have a dog! I paid $400 for her... The guy gave me a copy of her pedigree.. Is there a way I can obtain an original? Do you guys think I got ripped off and if I were to have a litter of pups, is she too old now? Also when I take her outside she takes forever to find a place to go potty, and a couple times she didn't want to come back inside, i worry she stilk has to go but im speding 30 min at a tine outside in the rain with her! New Standard Poodle Owner-imageuploadedbypg-free1355599041.568250.jpgis this a personality thing or is this common? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

We are so happy to bring her into our home to show her a rich life full if love!


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Welcome to the forum! Brulee looks like a sweetheart. First off, if you want to do it right, with the intention of improving the breed, breeding a poodle is a hugely complicated and expensive affair. It is a real hot-button issue around here, so don't be surprised or put off if you get some, um, strongly worded replies.

I don't think you were "ripped off"; $400 is a reasonable price for a nice standard.

I would take the "Show Quality" claim with a huge grain of salt. Dogs that are actually shown tend to be highly trained, or they go nowhere in the ring. I bet Brulee simply was never trained. But she's a poodle, and will learn like a sponge.

As for the tendency to "shop" for exactly the right spot to go potty, yep, that sounds all too familiar. Beau used to be a real slow poke, but now he (mostly) goes on command if we tell him "Go potty, quick, quick, quick." He's also very reliable about going right after we start off on a walk. Again, all this can be trained, and I bet she learns fast.
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Thank you so much! I am interested in breeding her in order to keep one of the pups I sincerely appreciate your feedback as I am completely new to all of this! She is a complete sweetheart. I'm very happy we were able to take her in


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I just don't want to breed her if it will effect her health. Also, I have her on blue wilderness salmon flavor. She eats like a bird and still hasn't finished what's in we bowl from yesterday morning, are all poodles light eaters or do you think she is stressed from the move?


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Congrats on the new family member! Brulee is gorgeous! Your daughter and her will form such an amazing bond.
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Thank you! It seems they already have.. I cried bc I don't think I've ever seen her happier. She asked me if she is dreaming! The hubby wasn't too keen on binging a dog into our family but already he is in love with her. It seems she will do more for us than we will ever know!


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Thank you! It seems they already have.. I cried bc I don't think I've ever seen her happier. She asked me if she is dreaming! The hubby wasn't too keen on binging a dog into our family but already he is in love with her. It seems she will do more for us than we will ever know!
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It's so nice that you took a six-year old poodle into your home rather than a puppy! To echo LEUllman, breeding is complicated and expensive, and six years old is a bit old for a dog to start in my opinion. But you have her pedigree, so you could always choose another puppy from her line if you wanted a second dog. Her pedigree just shows her lineage, like a family tree; if she is registered, she will also have registration papers which usually are transferred into your name from the previous owner for a small fee from AKC or CKC, whichever one she is registered with. You might contact the previous owner to ask for those registration papers, not that it makes a big difference for a pet though. Some show dogs ARE taught not to sit, because they are supposed to be "on" all the time in case the judge looks over. But again, as mentioned above, poodles learn so easily so you can teach her all the things that are important to you in a dog. All you have to do is just make it fun and keep at it until she does what you want. Oh and about the food, in another thread you mentioned that you just started her on the Blue wilderness, and it seems like she doesn't really enjoy it as much. She will probably learn to like it more with time, but if I were you I'd buy a small bag of Blue Buffalo (the stuff she was eating before) and mix it with the new food so she will have some of the familiar until she makes the adjustment. But to answer your question, no, not all poodles are picky...my two are like hoovers, they eat everything and try to eat much more than just their own food, ha,ha! Anyway it sounds like you're off to a great start, and you have the advantage of having a sister who is a trainer! Welcome to the forum and I look forward to hearing lots more about Brulee!
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It seems that most breeding bitches are retired around 6 years old. I don't think you should breed her. I bought a retired female ( 7 years old) last year that was already spayed for $800 . She was fully trained, and the best gift I have ever given myself. I think you paid a fair price for your dog. She is a poodle and training will not be an issue.

Enjoy your dog, she is a very pretty.
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