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Old 12-02-2013, 02:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello! I had a few questions on the general poodle personality, I know all dogs vary to some degree..

Are poodles velcro type dogs? I love having my dogs follow me everywhere and know that they wont willingly go off with strangers.

How stubborn are they on average? My cattle dog, although she listens fairly well, is true to the breed in being a stubborn head strong girl which I am keeping clear from in my next dog.

Are they busy bodies or can they spend a good amount of time relaxing?

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My only experience is with my own, 6 yr old Miniature.

She is kind of a velcro dog. Not overly stuck to me but likes to know where I am.

I have had way more stubborn dogs than this one. She is pretty easy going and eager to please.

As a puppy, she was a ball of energy. Always moving. LOL But once she passed out of the puppy stage, she became very laid back but not lazy, if that makes sense. She is happy to go for a big walk or to the shore to explore etc... but is equally happy if the weather is awful and we stay put, snuggled up on the couch.

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My Roxy was always right there. When I would get up and go to the kitchen she would follow. She was always within arms reach. Beau was a bit more independent. He would always be on the same floor as us but not necessarily in the same room. He was always available but he would go back to his spot after a while. Neither of my Spoos were stubborn. Both were eager to learn and figure out how to fit in and very good at it.

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Thank you! While I love Junie, I could never have another dog as head strong as she is. She is so true to her breed overall. Its like she wants to listen, but its not what needs to happen at the moment lol. I love Poodles so much, but if they are difficult like Cattle Dogs, there is now way haha.
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I can only based this on my own toy poodles, Charlie is a mix toy poodle and Edison is all toy poodle.

Anyhoo, they are both Velcro dogs. I'm never alone, even in showers. They are busy bodies but can relax. Not stubborn at all. Not these two.
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Beau is a total velcro dog, especially to my dad, since he works from home so he's the one that's always around in the day time. When he's not around, Beau sort of rotates and hangs out with the remainder of whoever is still in the house.

He's definitely eager to please, over all, but when it comes to getting food, and catching small animals in the back yard, well... let's just say he very good at letting us know exactly what he wants, haha. He's mostly a cuddle bug that likes to relax and be comfy, but I have a feeling if we took him somewhere fun with lots of new people and things to explore, he'd be totally excited about it. I've only had Beau, but from what I've gathered on this forum from what others have said about their poodles, it seems like on the whole they're all pretty flexible.
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I have two toys and, as everyone has said, can only respond to my own experience. I can't call Ryker a "Velcro" dog, per say. He loves to sit on laps and loves to be around people, but he doesn't follow me around the house.

I definitely wouldn't call him stubborn EXCEPT when we are walking and he wants to run over and bark at another dog. But he's very in tune with my emotions - he knows how I feel and adjusts accordingly. If we're waking he'll also turn and look at me throughout the walk.

Cash's personality is still developing. He seems to be a Velcro dog though. He follows me throughout the house and loves to be near me. He's only stubborn about coming when called when I'm outside. But we're working on it.



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In my dog owning life I have shared my home with 6 different poodles. While they all had differing personalities, most of them had wanted to be right with me and would have been happy to follow me 24/7. My current two are very loving. Beau follows me everywhere. Belle is more independent but loves to cuddle in my lap. This past summer I spent four unexpected days in a local hospital. Friends and family looked after my two dogs, but they were not happy campers. They keep an even greater watch on me now. As I type this they are both sleeping by my feet, and when I move so will they. Poodles are more than willing to bond with their person.
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Thats great! Thank you. I love the stories of your Poodles. Im so looking forward to adding one to our household. They seem like a great fit!
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Poodles are very much velcro dogs! Unless you are careful to shut the door all the way, you may never shower or use the bathroom in privacy again!

In general, I would not call poodles stubborn, though certainly that is an individual personality trait that may be seen in some. As a general rule, poodles are independent thinkers, and while they are quite biddable and eager to please, they do have a tendency to use their human like brains to come up with their own way of doing what you are asking.

The wonderful thing about poodles, is that while they are energetic dogs with a need for regular activity and exercise, they do tend to have an "off" switch and are happy to relax at home and be a couch potato for the day!
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