There are many reasons why your first dog or your next dog should be a poodle.
But the top two reasons that poodles make such good pets is that they have amazing, warm, playful personalities, and they are as smart as a whip, which means they are relatively easy to train.
In particular, poodles have such joyful, warm, and lovable personalities. In addition, they are especially tolerant of kids and/or other animals in the house, which makes them a great choice for families.
Poodles come in three recognized breeds
All three varieties of poodles are very intelligent dogs with an average life expectancy of 15 years. They also love being around people and are very playful.
They can live happily indoors or outdoors, but most prefer living inside because they get more exercise this way.
The Standard Poodle: which stands between 18 and 24 inches high and weighs between 44 and up to 70 pounds.
In addition, the standard poodles are known for their intelligence, trainability, loyalty, affectionate nature, good health, and beauty. They have long hair that is double-coated with a soft undercoat and hard outer hair. The color of this dog can be any shade from black or brown to white, red, cream, fawn, apricot, chocolate, blue merle, liver, tan, silver fox, sable, seal point, etc.
The Miniature Poodle: which stands between 11 to 14 inches high and will weigh between 26 to 31 pounds
Additionally, these small poodles are extremely friendly, loving, loyal, gentle, and obedient. Their coats are short and smooth. They have a very high intelligence level, making them suitable for training as guide dogs or therapy animals. They also make great pets because of their playful nature.
The Toy Poodle: which stands between 9.4 and 11 inches in height and will weigh in at around 14 to 17 pounds
In addition, toy poodles are usually smaller than miniature poodles, making them easier to handle. However, they still possess all of the same characteristics as the larger breed. These small dogs are more likely to live comfortably in smaller homes and apartments.
Poodles come in a variety of colors
In addition to their sizes, poodles come in several colors, much more than I thought possible. Purebred poodles come in the following colors:
- Cafe Au Lait
- Silver Beige
Note: Parti poodles are 50 percent white and another color, while some poodles have a healthy share of white spots, known as ticking.
How much does a purebred poodle cost?
Although the cost will vary depending on a breeder, obtaining a purebred standard poodle typically runs between $600 and $1500 and between $1,000 and $2,000 for medium, miniature, and toy poodles.
I got our puppy for $750, and those were friend prices because my wife knew the breeder, and we were pleased to pay it because many breeders charge a lot more.
As The Happy Puppy Site notes, a purebred breeder may spend as much as $1300 per puppy with attendant care, so the price of a potential show puppy can go up to as much as $4,000. (3) (4)
Who should and who should not consider a poodle
Although poodles make fantastic pets, I’d be lying to you if I said a poodle was for everyone.
The reason is that poodles are high-energy dogs, so they need an opportunity to wind down from all that internal energy, even if it’s just for a walk.
Buy a toy poodle, and you can probably get by with a 30-minute walk once per day. But the larger poodles require 60 to 75 minutes per day of exercise.
Fail to provide your Poodle with this amount of exercise, and you can count on leaving it to the dog’s way of releasing energy, which may be to enter your closet and chew on a couple of $700 pairs of high heels.
Also, these dogs crave attention, and if there is not someone in the house to give it to them, they can become moody and bark a lot.
So if you expect to be gone from the house for around 14 hours per day, consider buying another breed.
Those who do offer these bright, intelligent, loyal dogs, on the other hand, will be paid in spades by the attention they receive.
One possible solution for those who have a fenced backyard is to leave your dog outside during the day, providing he has plenty of play toys, a dog house to get out of the sun, and you don’t leave him outside too long.
How long will your Poodle likely live
Naturally, when deciding upon a puppy, my wife and I wanted a dog that not only
does not have a lot of diseases but will live a long time.
According to All Poodle Info, the average standard Poodle will most likely live to
be around 11 to 13 years, and a toy or miniature Poodle may live 14 to 16 years.
While there are a few problems to watch out for in the health of your Poodle, generally, they are quite healthy dogs.
Will you need to feed your pet gourmet pet food?
While you will want to feed your dog a good combination of high-protein dog food, poodles do quite well with a mix of wet food and kibble. Eating kibble is actually
quite healthy for poodles as it helps them have strong gums and teeth.
Quick research approximates about 35 cents per day to feed your dog or around $11 per month.
If you are considering a poodle, you want to know more about their traits and personality.
Do poodles shed?
Before we considered getting a dog, my wife and I were concerned about the impact on our oldest daughter, who tends to be quite sensitive to the environment, so we wondered would the dog shed.
From personal experience, we can say, no, your Poodle will not shed.
This does not mean you are out of the woods as far as grooming; you should bathe your Poodle at least once a week, have them clipped at least once per week, and brush their hair frequently.
Do you need to spend a lot on the maintenance of your pup?
Bear in mind, if you do it yourself, rather than take your Poodle to an expensive groomer, you can typically save around $200.
Poodle report at https://poodlereport.com/are-poodles-expensive-to-own-estimating-monthly-costs/ suggest ways to spend up to $2,000 or more on your dog, but if you are cheap like us, you can get by for much less.
Buy from a reputable breeder
I can’t emphasize enough to buy from a reputable breeder. This is particularly important if you want to show your dogs in an AKC pet show, but it’s really important to choose the breeder and know of their reputation.
On the other hand, if you could care less about ever showing your dog, then feel free to go to your local pound. You’ll find lots of healthy poodles available, which make as good a pet as a purebred poodle.
My wife and I only went the breeder route because she knew the breeder, and we got a fantastic deal on the dog.
On the other hand, do not buy from just any old breeder, and avoid like the plague, any breeder or pet store that is like a puppy mill.
Do plan on spending up to $200 initially for vet bills
Most vets are underpaid as they are, and they offer a great service for your dogs. Consider spay and neuter expenses, flea and tick expenses, and more.
That $200 will go a long way to ensure you have a healthy dog.
Training for your dog?
You may need to incorporate patience training with your Poodle. These are very bright dogs, so there is no need to spend several hundred dollars hiring a trainer when you could do it yourself.
If you need advice on training your dog, there are dozens of dog training tips on YouTube, so why spend $50 a day on training when you can do it yourself?
Should you consider a rescue poodle
Absolutely. Provided the dog is physically and emotionally healthy. When you go to the pound, spend some time just observing the dog. Does his attitude express a desire to please and/or come home with you?
While we feel sorry for any dog that winds up in the pound, the plain fact is that some of the dogs there are quite abused.
Unless you have a lot of time and patience and do not need a dog who fits into the family structure immediately, pass on this dog if you do not have the time and the patience to groom it back to mental health.
So do play with the dog at the pound and see if he responds as a normal dog does.
Also, consider older dogs at the pound, not merely puppies, as chances are an older dog has already been trained and will immediately fit into the home.