What is a Poodle like?
Poodles can get a bad reputation for being a spoilt dog. Indeed, they are a popular dog amongst the rich and famous. However, at its heart, the Poodle is an ever-curious dog with a high desire to play. Their energy level means that they look to be constantly engaged, or they might result in destructive behaviours.
Poodles are also highly sociable. They interact well with strangers, but especially so with children. In fact, poodles are one of the most suitable dog breeds for families with children. The children will be able to spend lots of time with the poodle, whilst also matching their high energy level, making them a perfect match.
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Whilst the mention of this dog breed conjures images of luxury, especially with their achievements in the show ring, they have a very real athletic root. Their squarely proportioned body speaks of a heritage where they were bred for water retrieving duties.
Poodles are famous for their dense and curly coats. Yet these coats can be surprisingly harsh to the touch. They walk with a light, graceful, and effortless gait. This is further reflected in the look of distinction that they wear on their faces.
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Basic profile of a Poodle
01. Exercise Requirements
One of the reasons why Poodles are so great with young kids is because they are similarly full of energy. They are a high octane dog breed which requires a healthy amount of exercise every day. Walks in the parks are lovely, but a day in the pool is perhaps what they love most. After all, they were originally bred as water retriever dogs.
This also means that they enjoy every game of fetch. Toss them anything, a tennis ball, a tree branch, or even a frisbee. They love such games and can play for hours on end.
03. Potential Health Issues
Poodles usually get to enjoy long fulfilling lives due to their generally healthy predisposition. However, there are certain medical conditions that are indeed more prevalent in Poodles.
As mentioned, the watery eyes that you notice in most Poodles are due to them having blocked eye ducts. If not taken care of properly, further eye complications could arise. Hip dysplasia is also rather common amongst poodles. This is when the hip joint gradually becomes either partially or completely dislocated.
02. Obedience Training Style
Poodles are one of the more intelligent dog breeds. Their natural curiosity leads them to become highly receptive towards obedience training.
Other than that, you can also easily introduce other types of training these poodles. For example, they have been known to do very well in agility training as well as tracking training. However, do be consistent in the tasks you ask of them. Otherwise, they may receive mixed signals and consequently may train poorly.
04. Nutritional Requirements
Poodles should be kept on a balanced diet. What they require however, constantly change, as they grow up. For poodles under three months old, free-feeding is encouraged. This means that you can make their food available to them at all times.
When they start becoming a puppy however, start a feeding routine of three meals a day. Then, when they grow even bigger in size, moderate it from time to time, switching between two to three meals a day.