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If you are after a dog that is absolutely gorgeous in appearance and is also very intelligent and loyal, you’d have trouble looking past the Poodle. Here’s everything you need to know.
Characteristics of the Poodle
There are actually three different types of poodle – the Standard Poodle, the Miniature Poodle, and the Toy Poodle. They are all part of the same breed and differ only in size – the Standard being the largest and the Toy being the smallest. The Poodle comes in solid colours including white, black, grey, brown, and apricot. It is actually the coat that is the defining characteristic of this breed as it is made up of coarse, curly hair that does not stop growing. The coat thus requires regular trimming, either a casual clip to keep the coat short or the characteristic “Poodle cut”.
The Poodle Temperament
The Poodle is an incredibly smart and energetic dog that takes to training very well. In fact, the Poodle is renowned as being a performing dog due to the wide range of tricks they can be taught! They are also very friendly dogs and make excellent family companions and they are also good guard dogs. The Poodle gets along with other pets very well and they are also great with children. The Poodle tends to get lonely if they are left by themselves for long periods.
Caring for a Poodle
The Poodle is a breed that does require a fair bit in the way of grooming due to the fact that their curly coat is always growing. You will need to brush the coat daily to stop matts and tangles from forming and they will need to be clipped quite regularly. The good news, though, is that the Poodle is a hypoallergenic breed. This is because, even though the poodle sheds, the shed hair is caught in the undercoat where it packs down.
You should always get your Poodle from a reputable registered breeder in order to minimise the likelihood of hereditary issues such as patellar luxation, progressive retinal atrophy, and Addison’s disease occurring. However, the Poodle is quite a hardy breed overall and can live for longer than most dogs on average – up to 16 years.
Who is the Poodle Suited To?
Because the Poodle is known as being a hypoallergenic breed, they are quite good for people that may otherwise be allergic to dogs. The Poodle, on the whole, is suited to almost anyone, from single people, to elderly people, to families, and they cope well with being in smaller spaces such as small backyards or apartments. Potential owners do need to be aware of the grooming requirements of this breed, though.
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