|Barked: Sun Dec 3, '06 1:20am PST |
|While I'm only a miniature poodle, I can tell you that one thing that sets the poodles apart from other dogs is the grooming needs. I am a dust/odor magnet. People ask us why I get bathed so often - well I sorta need it. I can go out and play with other dogs for half an hour and I'll be the only dog that leaves the playground dusty and stinky. Other dogs still smell like their last bath.
Without the frequent brushing and conditioning, we get mats really easily too. A part of the reason why I have this funky haircut is also for practicality. All the dirt magnet/tangle prone spots are shaved off (around the joints, the legs, and the behind).
I also grow about an inch of hair every month. This means.. if I don't get trimmed at least every 8 weeks, it REALLY shows.
But you know.. you get used to it. The grooming thing isn't all that bad. I also think that you get this special kind of bond through grooming... you connect more with your dog I guess. I've also heard of people with shedding dogs who say, "Well, you spend all that time grooming, I spend all that time picking up dog hair from everywhere.. so we're even"
Poodles are also very attached to humans... to the point of... well, some of us are mistaken for being too "clingy." It's not completely out of the norm for poodles to love humans more than they love dogs. I like the idea that I'm part of my human pack, and I try to imitate my parents (I try to join their conversations, I try to use the pillows and the blankets like the way they do, etc).
We are also problem solvers. This can be cute or it can also get pretty ugly. I'm always trying to figure things out. If mommie is in one room, and the door is closed, I circle around the area to figure out if there are other openings that will allow me to access her. At the same time, when I meet a new human, I'm very quick to wonder if that human is my alpha or my omega.... so after a brief introduction, I try to test them. I can be an angel or a brat to them depending on whether I respect them or not... BOL.
Edited by author Sun Dec 3, '06 4:35am PST
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