I don't know if that has been discussed before ( I imagine it has), but there seems to be this perception that Poodles are easy to keep, train, own and that any little old lady can do so....when I (after having owned breeds from almost all other groups - Maltese, Neopolitan Mastiff, Doberman, GSD, Vizsla, Pointer, Dalmatian) am of the opinion that my 11 pound Mini is one of the most challenging dogs to own period. He is immensely smart, super driven, 100% convinced that he is the smartest being in the galaxy and therefor never wrong and that everything revolves around him (at all times preferably). It has taken all of my 50 years of dog smarts to keep him in line (in a positive way of course) and although we love him to bits, at times I do feel that I was not quite ready for this much dog (which is funny given that he is the smallest dog I have owned since childhood). He is the first dog breed that I did not choose myself (I had lost both my previous boys 14 days apart - super well bred Dalmatian from uncontrollable seizures at age 4 and his equally well bred Pointer brother because he refused all food after losing his buddy just 3 months prior) when my husband decided that I needed a dog and fast and he had owned Poodles in the past. Part of it was probably my grief that made me unready for this 3 pound Poodle shark that entered our life, but now with Louie being 4 and a half one thing is for sure - easy he ain't! He is half Rambo half Klingon with a soft spot in his heart. Opinionated to a fault (I know I am projecting - it is meant in a humorous way) and very well versed in the English language - we find ourselves speaking German and Spanish if we plan the day and don't want him to know. He truly belongs with the terriers - if you look up any terrier trait and why they are hard to keep - that is what Louie is like - minus the aggression towards other beings and minus the digging, but his character is so not what he looks like. So much so that I know have him in a Jack Russell-esque cut and his look finally fits his personality (I will take a pic soon and post it when I finally snap a good one - he is so fast). And just so there is no confusion - Louie was bred by an excellent hobby breeder, raised under foot, has stellar lineage and is well trained - so none of these are the issue here - I just think going by Louie's traits he is a challenge. Thoughts? Did you think Poodles are easy before you had one? Do you still consider it an easy breed - compared to others?