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is skin issues a common threat?

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I'm new to spoos... you might have seen some of my other threads and realized just HOW new to poodles I am. Hehe.

I recently told a family friend who breads shnauzers that I was interested in getting a standard poodle. She really tried to discourage me saying that their skin is so thin that when she's had to transfer poos they would lay layers and layers of cushion to avoid some kind of skin issue and the poodles would still arrive with (heat spots? I can't remember).

Is a standard poodle's skin that sensitive? I thought maybe she was just "sold" on her breed and maybe that's why, but while looking at spoo's videos on youtube i noticed a spoo that when the sun caught his coat jsut right you could see shiny patches of skin all over his body, like patches of fur had fallen out? I realize this is only ONE poodle and ONE persons opinion, but thats why I was interested in hearing from REAL poodle owners.
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I have read over 30 books in my research & have found these the most helpful:
Good Owners, Great Dogs (Kilcommons & Wilson)
I Love My Dog But... (Tiz) (out of print but can find used)
After You Get Your Puppy (Dunbar) - can get for free online & also a Before You Get Your Puppy
The Other End of the Leash (McConnell)
Bones Would Rain From the Sky (Clothier)

No book will completely be in line with your philosophy & so you pick & choose what you feel comfortable with. They give you ideas to think about & some ways to implement those ideas. I would read whatever you can get your hands on to see if it works for you & don't take anyone as an "authority." They also give you an idea of the usual training issues you will have to deal with plus some problems that may develop. Of course, you will probably end up with some issue you haven't read about but at least will have an idea of the direction to head in dealing with it. We are hoping to get our puppy within the next 4 months & fully expect to be thrown something we didn't anticipate. If you run into issues, you can put it out on this list as I have seen some excellent suggestions given when that happens.
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