8 Things You Should Know About Owning A Poodle - World of Angus

8 Things You Should Know About Owning A Poodle

Poodles have a reputation for being stuck up and snooty. Anyone who has owned a poodle, though, knows that these clever dogs are anything but snobs. Here are a few important things you should know if you are thinking about adding a poodle to the family.

Sniff sniff. Thanks to @kiraschnoodle for this snap
Sniff sniff. Thanks to @kiraschnoodle for this snap

1. They are known for their dignified attitude 

Poodles are proud, clever, and incredibly elegant dogs. So without proper training they are quick to assume they are the alpha in the house.

2. Good news though, they are highly trainable

Time for adventure! Thanks @poodle_pals for capturing these two
Time for adventure! Thanks @poodle_pals for capturing these two

 

Known for their intelligence, poodles are quick to learn. Having a smart dog is great for first time owners. It is important, though to keep them stimulated or they will get bored quickly and form bad habits just as easily as they form good ones. Taking an obedience class with your poodle is a good idea, especially if you are a first time dog owner.

3. They’re protective

You’ll have no need for a doorbell. Your poodle will announce your guests before they have a chance to ring. They may take some time to warm up to new people, but they are very affectionate and warm with their family.

4. But they have a playful streak

Poodles can romp with the best of them. They can be goofy and standard poodles in particular will be happy to tumble with the kids. (The smaller breeds can get overwhelmed by kids because of their size).

5. They don’t shed much

And are therefore often referred to as being hypoallergenic. If you have dog allergies, a poodle can be a great breed for you. Their minimal shedding and frequent need for grooming means that their dander can be minimal.

6. But they definitely need to be groomed

Thanks to @nao.fu.ri for this well-coiffed picture
Thanks to @nao.fu.ri for this well-coiffed picture

And DIY-ing it isn’t for the faint of heart. If you are considering getting a poodle, it is a good idea to factor the cost of a groomer into your budget. Your poodle will want to be brushed, bathed, and trimmed every three to six weeks because their hair grows continuously. Length and style is up to you and your pooch, but shorter means less upkeep for you both. Consult with your groomer and vet about what grooming you should be doing at home to keep your pup happy and healthy. Also, poodles have weepy eyes that can stain the surrounding fur. Keep alcohol-free pet wipes on hand to prevent stains.

7. They are not demanding when it comes to exercise

Poodles prefer being indoors with their family and are happy in most sizes of home. But they definitely need their daily walk; an unexercised poodle is an unhappy poodle and they will not be shy to tell you about it.

8. They love other pets

When poodles are socialized young, they tend to get along with other animals really well.

Thanks to @kninelovers for sharing these three best friends
Thanks to @kninelovers for sharing these three best friends

    Anna Wellman
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