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Old 11-25-2010, 01:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So we have decided on the breeder (Clarion) from whom we are going to get our 2nd dog when Nickel turns 18 months (9 mths from now). This breeder is famous for her blacks and whites/cream. She might have brown (our desired color) in a very rare occasion but most probably we would have to settle for a white/cream (hubby really doesn't want a black).

I have never had white anything before (my mom never let me get white shoes/jackets … saying everything white is difficult to maintain). So my question is: Does it really take a lot of effort/work to keep a white toy poodle clean and nice-looking?
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Can't really answer the maintaining question having never had a white dog. My mom's papillon is black and white and she only bathes him once a week and he looks pretty good, not sure that helps though. Congrats on deciding on a breeder! I'm considering Clarion.
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As long as its not an outside dog no. My two are white/cream I do bathe them every week because I like the clean smell and fluffy look but no they have never been close to stained or dirty looking (unless they JUST got all muddy in which case a bath would be necessary anyways)

If your dogs get muddy and you let the mud stay in for a long time (probably days) i could see them being stained. I see alot of westies with stained red legs (alabama clay) but they are outside dogs for sure
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Tear stains can sometimes be an issue. Although, many times it is a process of elimination that finally resolves the problem. I have also know many to use Angel Eyes or a similar product.
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Whites have one good thing about them....they make you realize how dirty the other colors really are and how you just don't see the dirt. Once you have to maintain a white, you'll also take better care of your browns, blacks, reds & silvers.
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Thanks for the replies. All my dogs will be indoor dogs so that should help. I wipe Nickel with baby wipes every day we come back from the park and I will do the same to the future puppy. Now I feel more comfortable embracing the idea of getting a cream puppy.
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Well, I've only had Auggie for about a month, and I have given him a bath every week, out of necessity!

The first full day he was home, he found some poop to roll in. Twice, I have had him out a million times, and he would not poop. I had to crate him while I went out; and he pooped in the crate. (Makes me crazy, since I knew he had to go and he wouldn't!) Oh, and the week I didn't bathe him, I took him to the groomers, and they did it! LOL So; I wouldn't know yet if he is really hard to keep clean because of his color; it's his habits!!!!
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Well, I've only had Auggie for about a month, and I have given him a bath every week, out of necessity!

The first full day he was home, he found some poop to roll in. Twice, I have had him out a million times, and he would not poop. I had to crate him while I went out; and he pooped in the crate. (Makes me crazy, since I knew he had to go and he wouldn't!) Oh, and the week I didn't bathe him, I took him to the groomers, and they did it! LOL So; I wouldn't know yet if he is really hard to keep clean because of his color; it's his habits!!!!
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Beau gets a bath when he gets groomed, which is about every 3 to 4 weeks. He's mostly an indoor dog (we have relatively small fenced back yard) and pretty fastidious in his habits. I've got to get some video of him tip toeing out to pee when the ground is wet. Just a hoot. There was one time the back of his poms got pretty muddy from running around after a rainstorm, but that was surprisingly easy to deal with - just used a damp wash cloth, and the rest brushed right out when his hair dried. He's the only dog we've every owned, so I have no basis for comparison, but I don't see how a darker poodle would be any easier to deal with.

I wonder if this is anything like picking a paint color for a new car? You would think white would show the most dirt, but it doesn't. Black shows the most dirt, by far. The best color for hiding dirt is silver.
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I wonder if this is anything like picking a paint color for a new car? You would think white would show the most dirt, but it doesn't. Black shows the most dirt, by far. The best color for hiding dirt is silver.
LOL~ Maybe that's why I picked a silver boy :P
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