|Barked: Tue Feb 19, '13 2:39pm PST |
|I came to poodles from labs, since I wanted a versatile dog like the lab that would go hiking, camping kayaking, etc., with me, but something smaller than the labs. My first poodle sold me on them forever!!!
My mini's are great but when I got my first toys I was REALLY happy. They do all the lab things, yet are small and CUTE in my house. Mine are all pretty normal as for energy... they will go all day outside but know enough to chill out inside the house. I have six living in my house along with three cresteds and two Frenchies and ONE lab and the poodles are the calmest AND quietest!!! They sleep with me in my queen sized bed and are perfect!
I am a groomer, so that isn't a problem to me, but I keep them all in the kennel clip (or also called puppy clip or retriever clip, depending on where you are). I do mine about every four weeks but you can easily get away with ever eight weeks.
They are super clean, no odor AT ALL, and I virtually put my vacuum cleaner away when I got the poodles!!! NO hair in the corners of the house AT ALL.
If you are careful and do your homework and find a breeder who DOES testing and breeds with a purpose, they are extremely healthy and rugged. My 5 and 6 lb toys hike all day, swim, kayak, and play rough with bigger dogs, including two 7 month old Labradors. Not one has ever suffered from knee issues, fractures, bad teeth, or eye problems.
I am old and cannot deal with hyper, wound up dogs after grooming and working in a kennel all day so I am really happy with the poodles. I do let them run in a field as much as I can, but they certainly don't go every day but are small enough to get plenty of exercise just playing in the house. ALl my poodles are 100% dependable off leash (in safe areas), and they all have a perfect recall. I taught it with food rewards and tons of praise, the praise works now.
My first mini taught herself the complete novice obedience routine just by watching me teach one of the labs. Just for jokes, I entered her in Rally when we went for the CD legs and she passed with high nineties all three trials. The marks off were MINE!!
Check out some of my guys photos and you will see how versatile they can be when raised as dogs and not toys!!!
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