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We have a Jack Russell (and two Siamese cats) and I'm hoping to add a miniature poodle to our family soon. I've done some research and we're going to meet a breeder in a few weeks' time. I have to work on my husband and son though, they're still not sold (hence the visit to meet some). I'm thinking we'll probably get a male as the dog we have is a female. I'm hoping to find lots of information here to help me. I'm getting excited ...
 

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Welcome to the forum.I hope you find it helpful and educational. You will never be sorry that you decided on a Poo. For your hubby, maybe look around here and Google Poodle haircuts, and you can show him that Poodles don't have to be frou-frou. They are bright, athletic, loyal, wonderful companions and the haircuts don't make the dog. I find most men who aren't fond of the idea of Poodle ownership usually aren't because they equate a Poodle with fussiness, and think they would be embarrassed to walk one. There are some lovely haircuts that aren't fussy at all and if he sees they can look masculine, maybe he'd be more inclined to open up about the idea.

Good luck in your pursuit, and enjoy it here.
 

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I find most men who aren't fond of the idea of Poodle ownership usually aren't because they equate a Poodle with fussiness, and think they would be embarrassed to walk one. There are some lovely haircuts that aren't fussy at all and if he sees they can look masculine, maybe he'd be more inclined to open up about the idea.
And then... there are men like Mr. Plum who LOVE their baby girl poodle with her fancy-pants haircut!! :pound: He's very proud to walk either or both of our poodles in haircuts other men may be like :scared:

Good luck with your search (and persuasion of your menfolk) Lily!! I agree that once you go with a poodle you won't be sorry!

Welcome to the forum!
 

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We recently added a miniature poodle to our family. He is an absolute joy, and my two sons and husband have no problem walking with him (of course, the kids need to remember to hold the leash!). He has the energy levels of a big dog, in a small cuddly package. We adore him more and more every day.
 

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Thank you for the kind words and the welcome everyone. I think you're spot on with my guys - thinking of the looks without knowing what the dogs can offer. I've been reading and reading and I think a poodle will be perfect for us now. We have a daughter with allergies moving back home so the poodle's coat seemed to fit there. I wanted an intelligent, trainable, lively dog (we have a JRT so love our dogs to be full of life) and all the boxes were ticked there too. I'd forgotten how exciting it is when you start thinking of adding a puppy again. I've warned the breeder that my boys aren't on board yet so I think between us we'll be able to convince them!!
 

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:welcome: Good luck convincing Hubby!

My Hubby didn't want to me to get my small dog, Angus. He "put his foot down" and got very crabby about it. But when I want something I figure out how to make it happen. Now he calls Angus his baby and is so proud that EVERY time he sits down Angus is asking to curl up in his lap :)

He also said I couldn't get my Spoo Gentry. No way were we getting another dog. I showed him pictures, we talked about names. He was always happy to help pick out names, but when I would start showing him pictures of ACTUAL puppies, he would back out. Then I found my Gentry and he said, "Whatever." And of course he LOVES Gentry now. He especially loves it when Gentry cuddles up with the boys in the bean bag for some good TV time!

I'm wishing you luck with YOUR boys!!
 

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I LOVE that response!!! :pound: :lol: I get it a lot too - and it's SOOOOO multipurpose! :)
Absolutely it's multipurpose! I always take it to mean, "You'll do what you want to anyway, what can I do about?" (My Hubby always tells me that I'm spoiled. Yes that's true, but at least I'm not a Brat!! :lol:)
 

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Exciting!!
My hubby went from 'we aren't having a dog', to 'fine, but it must be a toy poodle'. Well I wanted a Great Dane...

so now we have a mini, and I wouldn't have it any other way :) He's kept clipped short, especially as it's summer at the moment, he's a fantastic wee boy we a load of energy and intellegence, and his hair doesn't add to the mess of our long haired cat!

I always manage to talk him around, to an extent:rolffleyes:
 

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Hmm, it sounds as most of us get our way eventually! We too have gone from "no way, no more dogs" to "I don't care, you'll do what you want anyway". I might add he said the same thing with the last cat and dog we got and now he absolutely adores them. I'm a lucky girl, he'll usually go along with anything if it makes me happy!
 

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My stepdad, when he first said we could get a dog.. said "anything but a poodle".
In the end, because my mum and him were so specific about size and fur-type, it was our only option (they didn't want a whippet, or any of the other water dogs..)
but now they love him!
Unfortunately, I'll have to wait till I move out to give him fancy cuts, since I think for the next year 1/2 he'll be in lamb :/
I want to try dutch, and mustachios!!

But if you show some pictures of perhaps gundog standards, then say that poodles are essentially a spaniel in a curly coat (haha not entirely true...) then should be fine :)
 

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I think the Irish Water Spaniel and the PWD can look sort of "poodley" but they don't have the stigma attached like poodles do.
 
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