The Best Lifestyles for Owning a Poodle
When you are deciding whether or not to bring a Poodle into your home, it’s important to know what type of lifestyle will best fit the personality and needs of a Poodle. Recognized as the world’s 2nd most intelligent dog, the Poodle is task-oriented, easily trained, loving, and loyal. Because of the Poodle’s intelligence, it needs proper mental stimulation to be happy. Fetch and tug of war are not going to challenge this breed’s intellect. Whether you have a Toy Poodle, a Miniature Poodle, a Standard Poodle, a Poodle mix, or even of the tiny teacup Poodles, dog owners must engage with the Poodle and train it to complete complex tasks. It is also critical to note that your Poodle will not do well if you are gone all day. Poodles require companionship and daily exercise. It is a very family-oriented breed that wants to spend time with its pack.
Furthermore, poodles are prone to health issues, such as:
- Von Willebrand’s Disease
- Sebaceous Adenitis
- Hip Dysplasia
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy
- Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
Therefore, providing your dog with a well-balanced diet is vital.
Even though Poodles were originally bred as working and hunting dogs, Poodles today are mostly indoor dogs that are spoiled rotten! To properly care for your puppy, you must be prepared to devote plenty of time to grooming and training.
This is an essential part of being a Poodle owner. If you can afford it, taking your Poodle to the groomer once every two weeks would be ideal. But even if you can do so, you must still be ready to spend substantial time caring for your dog’s coat. The Poodle has a hairy, curly top coat that can get tangled and matted very easily. To avoid this issue, make sure you buy a proper pin brush for regular brushing. You should also plan to bathe your dog at least once every two weeks, if not more. You can find dog shampoo, nail trimmers, hair trimmers, and other grooming supplies at any pet store. If you plan to trim your dog’s nails yourself, make sure you have a vet technician or professional groomer show you the proper way to do so. If you are not shown the proper technique, you could easily injure your dog.
Your Poodle’s environment needs to be well set-up before bringing home your dog. There are multiple issues you must consider in setting up your home. Get a High-Quality Dog Bed – when you have a soft, comfortable bed waiting for your new dog, it will be much less likely to experience a high level of anxiety. Put the bed in an area away from the noise and near to the pack leader (usually a parent). Show your new dog the bed when you show it the new home. Leash and Collar – choose a leash that is the right size and weight for your puppy. Believe it or not, the size of the leash does matter. If the leash is too heavy, it will drag on your dog’s neck while walking. If the leash is too short, you will have problems walking the dog because it will always be pulling on the leash. Also, make sure you get a sturdy, comfortable collar and a harness. Poodles are prone to windpipe collapse, so it is vital to your dog’s safety to not use a leash with just a collar. Invest in a good harness. Safety Seat for the Car–it has probably never crossed your mind, but, yes, there are safety seats for cars if you have a small dog. When traveling with your Poodle, make sure your pup is protected and buckled in. If you slam on the brakes, your lightweight fur baby could go flying right into the windshield. Toys – Don’t overdo it with toys. Getting piles of cheap toys your dog will chew through in a matter of days is not the best option. Invest in high-quality toys designed for your dog’s weight and age. Clothes–While doggie vests, sweaters, and other pup clothes may seem ridiculous, if you live in an environment with harsh weather (freezing winters and scorching summers), the clothing will protect your pup from the elements. Dishes – make sure you buy bowls that are free from chemical agents that could poison your pet. Stainless steel is a better option than plastic.
Poodles can be small (Toy), medium (Miniature) or large (Standard). If you live in an apartment in the city, a Toy or Mini would be your best option. Toys and Minis don’t require a ton of exercise and can be happy in an apartment sized area. However, you must still be prepared for the rigors of grooming, paying for doggy day-care or a dog walker, and proper training for your pet. Even if you live in an apartment building, your dog will be interacting with other people and, likely, other pets. Be prepared to invest in all the necessary grooming tools you will need for the daily care of your Poodle and set up a welcoming environment with a great doggy bed. Remember, these super intelligent creatures will not tolerate being left alone for hours at a time. If you work 40 or more hours per week and have no other family in the home, rethink getting a Poodle.
If you live in the ’burbs with your spouse and kids, you probably have a lifestyle more conducive to having any sized Poodle. You will have more space for your dog to exercise, people will be around more frequently, and you most likely would have more time to attend to your Poodle’s grooming. You should also have plenty of opportunities for walking your dog, introducing your dog to other pets, and having the chance for your dog to interact with others regularly. The same can be true for country life, with the exception that your dog will have far more land to run on, could be trained to hunt, and could be a great companion for a farmer.
As with any breed, you need to be prepared to provide your Poodle with a proper home and lifestyle that matches its personality and temperament. Every breed has specific needs in terms of care and feeding, so make sure you are up to speed on the Poodle’s best lifestyle options.