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Old 09-25-2009, 06:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have been thinking about getting a miniature Poodle sometime in the future. However, I was curious how they typically do with young kids. I have a almost 5 yr old, a 2 yr old and a baby due late Jan. I own a standard now (Eli) and he's great but I just cant have multiple standards, show occassionally and juggle my home responsibilities. I also have a old pitbull thats loves everyone and a silly little Rat terrier.

I know for sure that a toy is out of question and I prefer a medium to large dogs anyhow. So any thoughts? Id love to get a white or silver mini.
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Hurray ! I have no clue but I am just glad you are still considering poodles hahahahah
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My girl is only 18 weeks but she is soooo people loving its unbelieveable. It literally drives her insane when she is not allowed to say hi to someone. she just sits politely and the tail goes crazy. But again, she is not yet 5 months old so I can't say how the adults are.
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My apricot mini Edison was great with kids. He thought he was one, and would run and bring his toys to any children visiting our home. If he was uncomfortable about a very small baby, he just would have a sniff and walk away. We always called him my redheaded son because he was like a mischevious little boy.
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My Mom's Mini, Jack, is the best of our three with the kids. He really like them and he is easy for them to play with.

Not to start anything but I have to ask, will this one end up like your other two? I know the reasons for giving up Mikey and Sting were because they did not bod/were aggressive with your boys (plus a few other things contributed I'm sure) but do you think they will have the same affect on this one?
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My Mom's Mini, Jack, is the best of our three with the kids. He really like them and he is easy for them to play with.

Not to start anything but I have to ask, will this one end up like your other two? I know the reasons for giving up Mikey and Sting were because they did not bod/were aggressive with your boys (plus a few other things contributed I'm sure) but do you think they will have the same affect on this one?
LOL...Well Mikey was terrified of MEN. He wasnt really having issue's with the kids. The lovely previous owner didnt tell me that and it wasnt realized until my husband came home to meet our new addition. I have many pics of Mikey cuddling with my oldest Alex. I was able to find him a home with all girls. A mother and three daughters to be exact and it worked out well.

About Sting, he was actually growling at the kids for just petting him when he was laying around. I dont prohibit ruff behavior towards the dogs from my kids. Sting didnt have the ideal temperment to be living with kids. Thats prob the extact reason that many standard breeders choice the puppy based on your family life situtaion and needs. My oldest couldnt understand why Sting would growl at him and then one time nipped because he was petting him. Dont get me wrong, Sting wasnt always like that. Some times he would be great with the kids. It just depended what his mood was at that moment. Some people may think different but I wont live with a dog that does that when there are homes available WITH OUT small children. In my opinion, thats what he needed, thats what I found and we all are happy now.

So anyhow, if I decide to purchase a mini poodle eventually I will do just that. The incidents that happened previously are exactly why I was asking the question for mini owners. If my kids were ruff with dogs I just wouldnt havent any dogs. Thats not fair to the dog and I dont want a child being a victom of a bite either. Im just showing interest in mini's but Im a huge standard fan.

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My mini is only 14 weeks old, but all I can say is that he LOVES LOVES LOVES all types of people. as someone previously mentioned in this thread, he goes crazy when someone doesn't come by to pet him or say "hi." although, he does still nip a little because he's teething..but he is really playful and thinks everything you do is playing, so he'll play growl/bark quite often.

I've dogsat another mini that was 9 months old, and she was the SWEETEST DOG EVER. she refused to bite anyone, and she'd always hop on her hing legs (for minutes at a time) for attention..and her owner is a young boy - and he loves her to pieces. I love minis
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