|Barked: Wed Mar 17, '10 5:47am PST |
I have toys and minis. They are EXACTLY the same in terms of everything except size. My poodles are not yappy, and their temperaments are extremely stable... the only one who has a problem is Beanie, and it is totally the result of his being reared in an abusive, neglectful puppymill situation as a baby. I have his relatives who were raised normally and they are perfect. In spite of his insecurities, he is not a yappy, biting dog... he is just more reticent to come to strangers.
All my poodles are obedience trained and live as real dogs... they walk on leashes and go camping and hiking and kayaking, just as my labs did when I was raising them.
As with any breed, the final "product" is about 80% environmental and 20% genetic. You can make a stable dog neurotic and snappy and barky, but you can also improve a dog who has some poorly bred temperament issues.
Poodles do not have any more health issues than other breeds... if your poodle is from a BYB or worse, and the parents are not tested, you can have problems. Bred from healthy, tested parents, a poodle is extremely healthy and long lived.
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