Things You Should Know Before Buying A Poodle
Poodles are extremely popular with many people and generally speaking, if you are looking to buy a poodle, there is probably one that suits you, due to the fact there are three varieties. There are standard poodles, which measure over 15 inches at the shoulders; then there is the miniature poodle, which measures between 10 and 15 inches high, and finally, there is the toy poodle, which is under 10 inches high. Most have the same characteristics and traits, but today we will look into what you need to know before actually buying a poodle.
The poodle is one of the most intelligent dog breeds, exceedingly easy to train, and are just a fun all-round energetic dog. They do need lots of exercise, and do well at advance obedience training as well as agility, and they are very keen to learn. Another good point to mention with poodles is that they are the most easily tolerated by people with allergies, since they shed less than any other breed. They only need to be groomed every few weeks, depending on if s/he is just a pet, or a show dog.
The poodle has received much criticism in the past, as well as being made fun of, and this is due mainly to the show dogs, where they are shaved and groomed into many extravagant shapes. This is quite unfair really, because the poodle’s coat is rather pleasant to look at if normally cut, but if you want to have a show dog, then you will probably will need shave and condition it for the show. Moreover, because there are three different varieties as mentioned before, they are suited to a wide range of living conditions.
The toy poodle is most suitable for small apartments, but probably not suited to be around very young children. The miniature poodle is also suited to apartments, but can also fare well in houses with large gardens. That said, all the varieties still need plenty of exercise, but the standard poodle probably needs the most, which is where a training school would be a great idea with advanced obedience training, which will also help give your poodle good socialisation skills.
Although it’s been said many times, with all purebreds you must seek out a professional, reputable breeder who is open about your dog’s history, lineage and potential hereditary health problems. A good breeder of poodles will probably have a waiting list, and you should be prepared to travel as they are few and far between. There are many pet stores, and ‘backyard’ breeders who often cannot give you any guarantees and almost certainly won’t be able to inform you about any previous health conditions that exist in the line. A good breeder, who will often breed show dogs, will usually have a website too, which will give you lots of information about their dogs.
Keep in mind, that there are some possible health problems with poodles, such as Addison’s disease, where the adrenal glands do not produce enough cortisol hormone. Dogs with Addison’s disease can become lethargic, and may have digestive problems, and can also become depressed. On the other hand, poodles can get Cushing’s syndrome, which is the opposite, where the adrenal glands produce too much cortisol. Dogs with Cushing’s syndrome can show symptoms of weight gain, panting, urinating in the home even though they were previously house trained, excessive thirst or hunger and bladder problems.
Poodles can also suffer from hyperthyroidism, PRA or progressive retinal atrophy, which can lead to blindness, and they can also suffer from glaucoma and cataracts. Poodles can also suffer from a blood clotting disorder known as Von Willebrand’s disease, so it is very important to buy from someone who can inform you about any health problems within the blood line. Toy poodles can suffer from diseases like many other tiny breeds, for instance luxating patellas, which is where kneecaps slip out of place, or collapsing trachea, which causes breathing difficulties.
The poodle is a great companion dog, as well as show dog and competition dog, so whatever you’re looking for in a dog, you’ll find it in a poodle. Knowing up front what to look for and what to expect is prudent, as then you can begin to make an informed decision on where to go, who to ask, and how to gather the right information before you buy. Once you have located a reputable breeder, you’ll be able to get all the information you seek, and get answers to any questions you may have. Finally, now all that remains is for you to enjoy your new best poodle friend, who will give you years of fun and companionship!