If that is how you wish to interpret what I said Vivienne, then so be it. What I meant was. the colour does not make a difference-period. I have heard people say "Oh you need to watch silvers, they are the most likey to bite of all the Poodles" or "The reds are all timid and leary". This is ridiculous. They all go back to the same dogs, and were all created from the same origins. There will be lines of any breed that can have a nasty streak, but it isn't because of their colour. It is bad breeding. And you can have a perfectly fine litter of pups put in the wrong hands for the first eight weeks of life and turn the works of them into mental cases. Or put a bouncy, happy go lucky eight week old into the hands of a vicious human who should not own a dog and turn it into a cowering, terrified mess, or a nasty dog who will lash out and bite.So are you saying that every poodle puppy you've ever raised has the exact same temperament, Cherie?
All the poodles I've owned have had individual, unique temperaments. I've temperament tested many poodle puppy litters, and the pups can be like night and day, even within a litter.
The nature vs. nurture debate comes into play here...are they born with a certain temperament or is it the way they're raised that makes them the way they are? I think it is influenced by both. Certainly the parentage has much to do with it...a confident mother is more likely to have confident puppies, both because it is an inherited trait, and because the mother raises her pups with confidence.
My experience with my standard poodles....my brown was a clown with a wonderful sense of humor and a very naughty streak....my silvers have varied from somewhat timid to extremely confident.
That is meant pertaining to colour. We have never had a dog be it black, white, silver or red who was nasty, hard headed, agressive...so I guess you can take that literally. Every dog we have ever lived with in either my home or Mom's has been similar in temperament and had a sound disposition.their temperaments are all the same... easy going, docile, fun and sweet and eager to please.[/QU
You are saying they are all the same...there's nothing left to my interpretation.
I had started the color and temperament thread awhile back. I have the book checked out of the library again, that had me questioning. It is one of the "Dog Breed Handbooks", Poodle (of course) a DK book by Bruce Fogle, DVM. In the book, they have a chart that says, "According to a recent study"....and they attempted to rate and chart differences according to color. I have learned a lot by being on this forum, and I am inclined to believe it is good breeding and socialization that matter more than color.Do the various poodle colors (Apricot, Cream, Black, White, Parti, etc) have any differences in temperament? (personality is key, of course, but, in general?)
I will have to get this book. I am totally with you. Though Vibrant's Seiko has terrain issues, maybe it was the combination of that particular Mother and Father that made her somewhat apprehensive. But I too believe if the right two dogs are bred, and a puppy receives great socialization as a youngster, and is in a good home, it will grow up to be a great dog regardless of its colour. It may not be an agility dog, or an obedience dog, but will be a wonderful, happy pet whose disposition is unquestionable.I had started the color and temperament thread awhile back. I have the book checked out of the library again, that had me questioning. It is one of the "Dog Breed Handbooks", Poodle (of course) a DK book by Bruce Fogle, DVM. In the book, they have a chart that says, "According to a recent study"....and they attempted to rate and chart differences according to color. I have learned a lot by being on this forum, and I am inclined to believe it is good breeding and socialization that matter more than color.