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Old 12-29-2012, 06:19 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Thank you all for your input. I know that your experiences will help me make the best choice. I am interested in being able to travel with this pup. I ave not flown with a dog previously. For those that have, what would be the maximum size dog the could fly in the cabin with me?
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I wish I had known to really get on my friends' cases about not riling up the dogs when they came over...my dogs go berserk every time someone comes to the door, since our "dog people" friends have encouraged this (grrrr!). Best to have your friends ignore the dogs for a while when they come over (yell at your friends if they don't listen!!!), that way it is less exciting and people don't get jumped on.
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I wish I had known how addicting poodles are and they are like potato chips and you cant stop at one. Aria isn't even 6 months old and I'm already prepping my husband for when our breeder breeds again in 2014 :-)

Definitely do tons of research and interview breeders. I good breeder will be very eager to share everything they know and will ask you tons and tons of questions in return. Sit down and ask yourself if you are willing to spend the money for grooming or are you going to so it yourself. If you are planning on doing it yourself, make sure you have time to commit to that. Also, poodles require a lot of home grooming too unless you plan on keeping yours in a short clip. Also, are you willing to get into puppy classes and obedience and can you keep their very smart brains busy?
These were all the questions + some I asked when I was deciding if I was a good fit for a standard poodle.

I researched and took 3 years to decide if a standard would fit in my life style, and it has been such a rewarding feeling knowing I went into this commitment with no surprises.

Even though its been years since I've had a puppy and forgot how tiring they can be,lol I feel that because I took my time to prepare then nothing she does truly frustrates me. She has only made me cry once and that was when she chewed up my middle console in my 2013 sorento that was only 3 weeks old when she did it..lol see I can laugh about it now. It was all because she saw me put food in it so I could run into the store for 15 min. that was the first time she had chewed anything in the car when left alone. I considered it a lesson learned

Anyways. I believe that owning a poodle is SO rewarding! Coming to this forum will help answer so many questions because their are so many great people here who are always happy to answer any question.

My biggest obstacle with my standard poodle is keeping her mind busy. I swear no matter how much we play, she seems to start pacing after I've tuckered out. So, this week we are going to talk to the doggie daycare down the street from work. A lot of my clients go there and we refer each other business and I have met the owner before so I feel very confident in their facility and staff. I hope that taking her there on the days I work (I'm part time now, only 3 days a week) she will be able to run off the puppy energy.


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Old 12-30-2012, 09:26 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I only have toys but my friends who have standards say they never get tired out. Our neighbors have a standard who is 10 and they walk him like 3-4 times a day over a mile each time.


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Two things come to mind:

(1) Toy poodles bark a lot. At least some do.

(2) Based on my experience with standard poodles, there is a huge variation in their activity level and need for exercise. I don't know if this is also true for toys and minis or not. But my experience with one very hyperactive spoo before I got my first spoo led me to be almost neurotic about checking into the temperaments of any dogs that I have adopted. All 3 of my spoos have had very calm temperaments. When I got Cammie (the only one I got as a puppy), I asked the breeder a lot of questions about the temperaments of both parents, and I was able to meet both parents. She's been a delight.
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Activity levels vary with toys too. Omar never sits and rarely sleeps. He is always walking, running or pacing. Maggie is calm but loves to play. Nicholas sleeps with one eye open so he doesn't miss anything and Penelope runs around for a few minutes and then crash and repeat. Lila refused to play and got carried everywhere. Very laid back.


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Two things come to mind:

(1) Toy poodles bark a lot. At least some do.

(2) Based on my experience with standard poodles, there is a huge variation in their activity level and need for exercise. I don't know if this is also true for toys and minis or not. But my experience with one very hyperactive spoo before I got my first spoo led me to be almost neurotic about checking into the temperaments of any dogs that I have adopted. All 3 of my spoos have had very calm temperaments. When I got Cammie (the only one I got as a puppy), I asked the breeder a lot of questions about the temperaments of both parents, and I was able to meet both parents. She's been a delight.
I completely agree with your second point. I think that's true not only for standards, toys and minis, but for a lot of breeds. Temperament is very important and many times people only pay attention to looks, colors, hair, sizes... and the point which makes a difference when living with a dog is temperament. I had a similar experience with a hyperactive dog previous to adopting Ruso, and because of that (hard) lesson I made hundreds of questions to toypoodle breeders before making a decision. Breeders know how their dogs are (or at least they should), and if he/she is a good breeder, he/she should tell to you. Of course character and temperament is variable, but there are lines with calm temperament and others not so much. After talking to different breeders, I finally found one that was very sincere about her dogs: she told me that depending on the sire and the line, her litters had different temperaments. There were the active, boisterous ones and the calm, quieter ones. I chose one from the last and I'm very happy with Ruso: calm, cuddly, delightful. And he doesn't bark!
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About barking. Omar never shuts up. Lila never barked. Maggie barks appropriately. Nicholas barks more but not to the point of being annoying and Penelope barks only when the others do.


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Two things come to mind:

(1) Toy poodles bark a lot. At least some do.
Some of any breed do - we have a mini Aussie that has barked since the day we brought her home at 8 weeks - we work on this with her to minimize and thankfully live on a large acreage with no close neighbors. My parents have neighbors with Dobermans and another with a Golden Retriever and these three bark incessantly. IMO it is very individual and is an unfortunately generalism of toy dogs of any breed. I've owned two toy poodles and neither of them have been barkers.

OP - I wish I had known how easily my tiny little Bella would worm herself into my heart. You simply can't go wrong with a poodle of any size. Practically toys on the smaller size are simply more fragile. Give Bella a bath and she looks like her legs are the size of toothpicks (4.5 lbs on a heavy day) so it is easier for them to get hurt - for this reason only I would go with a larger toy or smaller mini if you have children (based on your travel comment).
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I think I was pretty well prepared for getting my toy poodle. We had a mini when I was young, but we inherited her when she was 8 and she had issues from being neglected. She was not active. She spent her day sleeping. She was afraid if everything for the first year that we had her. My parents didn't do the greatest job of grooming her while we had her, but she did have a good life Qing us. So, when I got Weegee, I knew he would be more active. He was a puppy, my other poodle was older when we got her. I also expwcted that the neglect from get previous owners played a part in her lack of interest in anything. I really had NO idea that Weegee would be THIS active. He can keep up pretty well with my Alaskan husky. Expect a lot of exercise.
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