Ive had Shepards, a Golden Retreiver and now a spoo. They were all males and I believe they are generally more affectionate to their owners. Someone here quoted a good saying....Females love you but the males are....in love...with you.
The shepards were very attentive but not as affectionate as the retreiver or the spoo. I dearly loved my Golden Retreiver. He was not a high energy dog but would keep up with the kids when they were little. Then later after the kids grew up, he was very content to lay at our feet. He would follow me everywhere in the house.
Now I have the spoo Dexter. I never thought I could love a dog this much. When I bought him he was returned to the breeder by the previous owner because he was timid and not keeping up with their 3 small kids! He was 10 wks old! Lucky for me. The breeder told me he was a very friendly fellow but a little laid back. More so than his siblings. VERY lucky for me. I do not lead a very active life but this guy keeps me going. He has LOTS of energy for me, loves fetch and running and playing but I also have gotten SOOOO many compliments on his demeanor. "HE is so good for a 6-7-8 month old." "Very well behaved, isnt he?"
Im telling you this because I think since he was a "little laid back" in comparison to his siblings he is so much easier to handle. I would go crazy with a bundle of uncontrable energy , like the spoo a friend of mine has.
So listen to the breeder and be specific in the temperament you want. A good breeder should match up your preference with you.
Now, this is the only dog we would ever consider bringing with us everywhere. Love the no hair and no smell. The Golden could stay alone all day with no problems but not Dex. He wants to be with us all the time and LOVES LOVES LOVES to cuddle on the couch until he gets hot and moves on...lol. Since he is not a bundle of energy he gets away with allot. Just one look and hubby melts. Never in all my years would I of thought hubby would get this attached. I even catch him wrestling on the floor with him
I wanted to add that we only crated him during training. He is a restless sleeper and would roll and bang around in his crate at night. I would of needed an enormous crate to keep him happy. He is much happier sleeping freely, stretching out in our bedroom...but he has to get off the bed. He is too big
Please God...... everyday, help me be the person my dog thinks I am.
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fjm, brought up a great point. I did not think nothing of leaving for vacation with my Boxers home alone being cared for by my mom . I would never dream of leaving my Poodles! They would just curl up and die... I have to take them or stay home. Poodle have to be with their people, it is a must for them.
Ditto for me. I couldnt of said it better myself.
Please God...... everyday, help me be the person my dog thinks I am.
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As has been said personality of the parents play such a big role. Rhett is a mama's boy but has the most outgoing personality to match. But don't let him think that something is amiss in his world when it comes to his " family" the biggest bark and growl will come from him that could scare the bravest individual... DH found out the hard way!!
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Shelton is a spoo and he can be affectionate and not so much. It's really hard to describe his affectionate level in one word. When I call him over, he lowers his head into my chest and leans in and I can pet him for as long as I want an the more I pet him the more he leans in. . But he's not much of a cuddle buddy sometimes as he'll end up going back to his own bed if I want to cuddle with him on my own bed (he'll stay for a couple of minutes). He's affectionate and caring in that he will follow me around 80-90% of the time around the house and loves to just make me laugh (when I laugh, he'll shake his tail and jump around excitedly and circle around an do cute things just to see me laugh and smile more). I don't like too needy dogs that tells me "hey, pay attention to me" constantly. ( this is a personal preference). But with my experience with other poodles that ive babysat for a day or two, they are pretty cuddly and sweet and love being with you without being constant attention seekers. hope this helps
Lexi is a snuggle bug, but on her terms. She will follow us around and wants to check out and be a part of what is going on, but she is then ok to go sleep on our bed and take a nap. She does this thing where she will stretch over the ottoman with her back feet barely on the ground and rest her head in your lap and want to be petted. She will jump up in bed at night and paw at you until you pet her, anywhere, she doesn't care. Many nights I have fallen asleep petting her. When dh is laying on the couch, she will come up to him and just stare at him. He will pat the inside part of the couch and she will almost levitate, all four feet off the floor at once, land on the inside part of the couch and stretch out to be petted. If you stop at anytime before she is ready for you to stop, she makes these soft grrrring noise and will thump her tail at you. That is her signal that you are not done petting her. It's not like it's even petting her, it's just rubbing a leg, or her belly or an ear, just your hands on her. So while she can be a bit of a brat when I want to love on her, she will be a lover bug when she wants to and I'm ok with that. I know she feels loved and secure and that's what counts.
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My boy is a standard and on a scale of 1-10, 1 being the less cuddly, and 10 being the most cuddly, he is about an 11.
I am not even kidding. He is my shadow, and foot warmer, and personal jester. He didn't leave my side through a 2h family hike through the feilds woods, and three different Christmases today. He is such an adaptable boy, and he is always ready to go from cuddle to play, or from play to cuddle. I love him so much.
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I have had minis and after having the standards i like their personality a bit more My two standard girls are very cuddly and want to be everywhere I am they have to be apart of everything that I am into at home. They are shy with strangers at first so I do not have to worry about them jumping up on people My parti girls are very devoted loving and love to be made over
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We have 2 males in the family. They are both incredibly affectionate, but well-adjusted enough to be left alone or with someone else for a while. (like a vacation). We made a point of leaving them early with family and friends for brief periods of time, because we could not handle neurotic dogs.
They are both love bugs, leaning on laps, cuddling, etc, whenever allowed, and both are able to amuse themselves for a while when you need to get something done, so overall, pretty balanced - not too needy, not too independent.
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Ruso is my first toy poodle and we're in love with each other :-) (although our relationship is still very short)
By now, Ruso is the perfect companion dog. I've had a yorkshire terrier and a whippet before (all males), and they were very different. My yorkie was very independent; adaptable, stable, perfect for my lifestyle but not cuddly. He had a lot of temperament, very terrier like, no lapdog at all. My whippet had a character more similar to my poodle, but with a difference: he was very anxious. I think that's the main point: Ruso follows me everywhere, he loves to be in my arms or in my lap, or just with me in the room while I'm writing this, but he shows no anxiousness if left alone etc. My whippet cried a lot and have a serious problem with separations and departures. At the same age, I couldn't leave him with my family, for example, if I have to be busy all day; he was quite destructive and nervous. But I have left Ruso with my parents or with my sister with no problems (the only problem is that they want to keep him with them!) I think that the most important thing for a dog is to be stable, well adjusted.
As I've read before, parents mark a difference, as well as blood lines. My breeder told me (she is very sincere) that she has two different character in her lines depending on the sire: more extrovert, active, or more calm and balanced; both been typical poodles, of course: playful, happy, healthy and so on. I chose the "calm line" and I can't be more happy: Ruso is so easy going, so adaptable, so tender, so lovely, so... I could go on and on :-) Good luck with your new pup!
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