|Barked: Mon Mar 15, '10 9:45pm PST |
My owner was raised with toy and mini poodles and she has had wonderful experiences. Let me know how I can help!
First, selecting the right breeder is absolutely critical to being happy with your pup. Improperly bred poodles can have serious and expensive health issues. My mom got recommendations from the poodle club of america and did extensive research on the dam and sire, checking all papers, asking for proof of genetic testing and such. More on that once you have made up your mind, and oh, you will.
Don't tell my mom, but I have her wrapped around my little paw. My soft, fluffy coat, and absolutely sweet and loving disposition had her at hello. And hello it was because I have never barked. I'm too much of a gentleman for that! I am also one of the brightest dogs, mom had me house broken in 1 day, taught to sit in four days, and conquered stairs in two. So I learn really fast.
I happen to be more of a people pup, but I get along really well with other dogs, to the point where some of my neighbors who don't play well with others will talk to me! Some of my cousins are more outgoing, it really depends on what kind of personality you like. It's good to see a litter and think through what kind of companion you want. My mom was inspired by Cesar Millan and really wanted a calm, gentle, loving submissive doggy like me, but some folks would have really wanted my much more active brother!
Back to my downsides...well aside from the fact that some poodles are truly "ill bred" which can make them short tempered and neurotic, the only possible downside is the cost of grooming, which needs to be done every six weeks. You can learn to do it yourself, but really it's a pleasure to smell me when I come home. Also, did you know I don't smell bad when I'm wet? And that I don't shed? When I walk down the street my trot is like a light hearted dance and everyone smiles when they see me. So I think I have more good qualities than bad.
You can see how tall I am in the picture. I'm nearly full grown and weigh a svelte 13.8 pounds. People are always surprised when they pick me up how tiny I am--I'm all hair!
Let me know if you need more help. I'm currently being neutered and posting this from the vet's office. Don't tell my mom, she misses me a lot and can't wait for me to come home!
Edited by author Mon Mar 15, '10 9:48pm PST
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