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I've been wanting to get a dog for quite a while. I've done tons of research on differend breeds and decided on a poodle.

I've been looking at rescues in my area and found, what they call, a miniature male poodle. He might be an oversized toy.

Anyway, my concern is marking. When I was a senior in high school, we got a little male maltese. He was the best little dog, and we all loved him so much. However, he marked in the house. You could not trust him to have the run of the house. I don't want to have the same problem.

Family members say DO NOT get a male. And ALL of them have females. Personally, I don't mind having a male, and I think my husband would prefer one. So my question is does anyone out there have a toy or miniature male and have problems with marking in the house? Be honest.

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Toni
 

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Marking in the house is often the result of not nuetering. My father's very well-behaved intact male almost always would mark in the house if I brought dogs over.
 

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I have three males who live with me, one of them sire to over 35 litters and intact, one a four month old puppy, and one an adult Whippet who was not neutered until 16 months of age. Nobody pees in my house or marks.
 

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I realize that. Our Maltese was neutered, and he was neutered when he was young; but we still had the problem. And we didn't have other dogs come over. I also realize that this is common in smaller males. I just don't think I want to take on a large dog.
 

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I have two males a standard and a havanese (a small breed dog slightly larger than maltese). My poodle was neutered at 18 months, my havanese at 7 months. Neither marked in the house. Prior to that I had an english setter neutered male and a shepherd who wasn't neutered and neither marked in the house. I love my male dogs. :)
 

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I've had four males in my lifetime. All of which were either intact or neutered very late in life. None of the four EVER marked in the house.
 

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I appreciate your responses. I'm just nervous about it. If I rescue a dog, I'm certainly not sending it back. I just want to be sure of what I'm getting myself into. Maybe it just depends on the dog.

I haven't even contacted them about him yet. The last one we looked at wasn't a good match for us. He was nervous around kids, and we have a five-year-old daughter.
 

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personality to me seems to do more with it- if they are neutored. My danish dog marks but it has become less and less- as he's become more settled with life (He was a nervous mess when we rescued him)

That said- a belly band when i know stress will come (dogs coming over to the house- people visiting etc) and we're good to go
 

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Charly has never peed inside the house ever.

But I hear from friends who have small breeds that are not the most trainable that they are constantly marking there house.
I think you should be fine with a poodle since they are smart :p
 

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I have had and toy poodle and toy fox terrier male and never had any marking problem. My daughter has a male pom no problems there either.
 

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Yes. I had three Shih-tzus. The oldest always peed and sometimes pooped in the house. It was definitely worse in the winter when none of them are totally crazy about going out in 30 below weather.

We discovered Mickey was suffering from congestive heart failure; did not respond to medication and we had to have him put to sleep earlier this year. I have wondered whether his house training problems were related to his, at the time, undiagnosed health problems.

Sam, my middle dog, has never messed in the house, except on one occasion when he had terrible diarrhea.

Tyson, who is five, will pee and poop in the house if its raining, because he is lazy and doesn't like the rain. All my dogs were neutered at around six months of age and none of them lift their leg to pee.

I think it depends on the personality of the dog. Everyone I have spoken to says that smaller dogs are harder to train. I have had bigger dogs in the past and none of them have ever peed or pooped in the house - ever!

So - I'm sorry I don't have any conclusive advice - just my experience for what its worth!
 

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I had a toy poodle for 13 years. He was neutered at about 9 months and he never marked in the house.
I now have a 15 month old intact male standard poodle, and he is clean in the house.
I think it depends on the dog. If he's intact and friends bring over their intact males/females then you can't blame him for marking his territory.
I'd give this boy a chance if I were you.
 

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I have had several male mini and toy poodles. Beau is my current over sized toy boy. He is neutered. Once he was house trained as a pup, there has never been any marking. I think he would burst his bladder before he made a mistake in the house. This is not a small dog problem.
 

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I have a one-year-old male minipoo who was neutered at 6 months of age. He's NEVER marked in the house. He house trained very easily (I use a crate). He's my first male dog and I too was concerned about "marking" indoors. His breeder told me, "house trained is house trained!" and felt there would be no problem. Right she was! BTW, my poo still squats to pee--occasionally he starts to lift his leg (and I get all excited) but nope, he "girl" pees!
 

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I think it depends on what rules you put down and what conduct your dog knows you expect of him.

Our rescue greyhound attempted to mark in the house when he first got here, and he was shown right away that that behavior was not tolerated. Then the poodle came along and he tried to do the same thing... again, we let them know the behavior wasn't allowed inside the house.

Neither of the boys marks in the house. They have both tried to mark in my mother's house, but again, got in trouble and escorted outside until they peed out there and emptied their bladders. Now they know not to mark at her house.

I have a bit of trouble with Tate marking at petsmart/petco... as a lot of dogs mark in there, but he is getting much better, and hasn't - knock on wood - done that in quite some time.

Funny enough, my female dog is the one I have to watch marking things. She is the only girl dog in the house full of boy dogs, and is very dominant. If they get on the couch and she has made it clear she doesn't want them on there, she will mark the couch. Same goes for beds, blankets, etc. The boys never dare to re-mark over where she has inside... even after it has been cleaned up. (I just can't get her to stop. Doesn't matter how in trouble she gets, she will do it. Randomly, as well. She can go for months and months without doing it, and then out of the blue, ruin my mattress.)

Call me mean, but I also don't let my boys mark trees/trashcans/bushes/small children on walks. We're on a walk... I'm not stopping every 3 seconds to let them squirt on something that isn't theirs in the first place.
 

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Again, thank you guys for your responses. It makes me feel better about it.

I'm really nervous about getting a dog in general. I've wanted one for so long and am finally at the point where I think I can have one. I'm home a lot, I just went back to work and have the money, and I do most of my work from home. It's a big commitment.
 

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Again, thank you guys for your responses. It makes me feel better about it.

I'm really nervous about getting a dog in general. I've wanted one for so long and am finally at the point where I think I can have one. I'm home a lot, I just went back to work and have the money, and I do most of my work from home. It's a big commitment.

This is very true. I was also very nervous prior to getting my mini because I hadn't had a dog in many years. But now that he's here, I don't know what I was so nervous about. He brings so much joy to our lives it is SO worth it.
 

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Call me mean, but I also don't let my boys mark trees/trashcans/bushes/small children on walks. We're on a walk... I'm not stopping every 3 seconds to let them squirt on something that isn't theirs in the first place.
That's not mean... it's polite :biggrin: Boys need to be taught from the get go where it is ok to urinate and where it is not. Don't walk your boys up to vertical objects to get them to urinate. They can empty their bladders on a flat surface of grass just as easily. The last house I lived in, I had gorgeous Lillys on each side of my driveway and it always irritated me to see people let their dogs lift legs on them. It's just rude.
 

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Tnola, There's nothing wrong with being nervous before adding a male (or female) poodle (or any breed of dog) to your life! It means you're serious about the responsibility of taking in and caring for an animal for the next 10 to 15+ years of your life.


Good luck with whatever you decide to do. And just for the record, accidents (pee, poo, vomit) can and do happen, but there are many good enzyme products and steam carpet cleaners on the market that can make it all disappear! Best of luck!
 
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