So you’ve told your children that they can have a dog, and now they’ve got their hearts set on a poodle. Every day, they’re reading signs and advertisements to you:
“Look, they have miniature poodles for sale!”
“Look! Toy poodles for sale; aren’t they adorable?”
At this point, any sign or store that has poodles for sale is being pointed out to you. The only reason you haven’t bought your kids their little toy poodle is simple: You don’t know what you need to know.
Take heart, friend. Your most basic questions have simple answers.
As with any dog, a large contributing factor to temperament is upbringing. Provide the right sort of environment for your poodle, and they will be wonderful. Poodles in general have a kind disposition, and giving them a good, nurturing home will only increase that good nature.
Another common question is: Are poodles good with other animals?
Well, much like being with children, it depends greatly upon the surrounding environment. It is, however, best to bring up poodles around other animals while they’re still puppies. This allows them to grow along with the other animals, helping them to be more tolerant.
Other common questions and concerns about poodles
Perhaps you are concerned with the health of the prospective pet. In that case, you may ask what health issues are most commonly seen in poodles.
Poodles, like many other dogs, are susceptible to hip dysplasia, which is a hereditary condition, as well as elbow dysplasia. Both are crippling, but can be repaired through costly surgery. Poodles are also susceptible to eye diseases, cardiac troubles, certain autoimmune disorders, and skin conditions among other issues.
However, this should not dissuade you from purchasing a poodle. There are tests that are available to determine whether or not your potential pet suffers from any of these.
When it comes to training, poodles respond far better to respect training than any other form. Respect training is literally the process of establishing the chain of command within the home. Different from obedience training, however, it focuses on displaying your dominance as owner, rather than simple command recognition. An excellent source for this method can be found in the book “Teach Your Dog 100 English Words” by Michele Welton.
Another common question regarding poodles deals with the energy and activity factor. This is the aspect of a dog’s nature that causes them to be hyper, simply playful, or lethargic. Poodles are, by nature, energetic, but they differ by breed. For instance, miniature poodles are “not by nature placid animals. They tend to be hyperactive and noisy, and retain that playful ‘puppy’ personality well into adulthood…” Whereas Toy Poodles are “…a better watch dog than the [German Shepherd], calmer and more trainable than the Irish Setter, better natured than the Schnauzer, not as hyper as the Border, not as destructive as a Terrier, and healthier than any other purebred or mutt I’ve ever owned.” (comment)
The best way to deal with a high energy dog is with a durable, interactive toy, according to AllPoodleInfo, such as the Buster Mini Cube. This toy holds a treat inside that the poodle has to work for, which is great diversion for an energetic dog; as well as being excellent exercise for the body and mind!
So the next time you hear “Look, they have Standard Poodles for sale!” or “Oh, Teacup Poodles for sale!” you can rest comfortably knowing that you are at least a little more knowledgeable now than before.
There is one final piece of advice: Just because a place says they have poodles for sale, does not mean they are reputable. Try to find a reputable, well ranked breeder when in the market for poodles.