Poodles are a popular breed known for their intelligence and low-shedding coat. This breed offers far more than brains and a low shedding level, though!
Poodles are active dog breeds with a lot of energy and affection, eager to please their owner. Whether you’re potty training them or teaching them unique tricks, they receive instructions efficiently.
If you believe a poodle is a perfect match for your home, learn about how to adopt one with these helpful tips.
Adopting a Poodle
You can find poodles up for adoption at your local animal shelter, though it’s best to search for breed rescues specializing in poodles.
Even if you plan to adopt, there are fees you’ll need to pay to cover standard veterinary care, which includes spaying/neutering and vaccinations. Expect to shell out between $300 to $600, as it’s unlikely to find free poodles from rescue groups or people rehoming their dogs.
You might also come across an adoption fee to ensure that the Poodle is going to a home that affords its level of care. Also, there will be an interview and screening process before paying any fees for rescue groups or shelters to know that you are a suitable owner. The Poodle you plan to adopt may most likely have other interested parties, so shelters will have to narrow their choices.
You can begin your search in your local animal shelter or online.
- Poodle Club of America is a national breed club sanctioned by the American Kennel Club. The website has a section where you can find breeders and rescues for poodles.
- Petfinder is a national rescue website for those looking for all kinds of pets and breeds to adopt. Head to their search feature so you can find poodles based on the breed and your location.
- Adopt a Pet is like Petfinder, where you can find shelters and rescues based on your area and the breed you want to adopt.
Purchasing Poodles from a Breeder
Details describing the caliber Poodle puppy aren’t always available. Take your time, perform research for a respectable dog breeder. Reputable breeders have their dog’s attention in mind. They are not after your money; they can profit from the sale – but are interested in the dog’s well-being. They should inquire about the living conditions in mind for the puppy to glean insight into its future welfare.
Here are several tips to assist in your quest for a respectable Poodle breeder.
- Visit a vet and ask if there is someone they can refer to you. A respected dog breeder visits the vet regularly and sees that his animals are cared for correctly.
- Reach out to Kennel Clubs, such as their American Kennel Club. The AKC National Breed Club has a list of Poodle breeders by locale.
- Ask relatives, buddies, along with other Poodle owners, you know.
- You might also visit dog shows, pet shops, and dog parks. They’ll gladly share their experience and contact details with you.
- Ask your potential breeder everything you would like to know about the breed.
- Ask about the pet’s history and how often a year the specific puppies’ mother is bred. If possible, try to visit both parents of the litter.
- Inquire if the breeder has tested the parents to get any congenital diseases. These tests will help understand the potential of these puppies can develop genetic disorders like hip dysplasia, joint problems, allergies, and eye problems as they grow old.
- Throughout the walk-through, note/pay attention to the environment and how puppies are treated and cared for. Look for signs of neglect as well as an environment to thrive.
- Is the environment a clean and comfortable place for the puppies? Are the litter of puppies and their mother in optimal health?
- Ask also if they’ve completed their vaccinations against rabies, parvovirus, along with other vaccines required by law.
- A respectable breeder should ask questions regarding your way of life, work, daily life, family, etc. That should ensure you provide what the dog needs to grow happy and healthy.
Type of Poodle Breeds
Before choosing to adopt or buy a Poodle, you should know about the types of Poodles out there, differing in size and characteristics.
A Standard Poodle is medium to large-sized, standing over 15 inches tall. It can weigh anywhere between 45-70 pounds, with females weighing about 40-50 pounds and males weighing between 60-70 pounds.
The Standard Poodle has a high energy level and will love playing games, making them the perfect choice for active people.
The Miniature Poodle is around 10-15 inches tall and weighs about 10-15 pounds, sometimes a bit more. The Mini is the most active among all other Poodle types, loving walks and different kinds of activity and games.
A Toy Poodle is only around 10 inches tall and weighs between 4-6 pounds! They grow to a size of a baby puppy and will be by your side almost 24/7, with high affection levels.
About Their Previous Owners or Families
Remember that adopting a Poodle is a bit different compared to purchasing one from a reputable breeder. Poodles, like other dogs up for adoption, end up in shelters for various reasons. It can be due to illness, behavior problems, owners moving, and the like.
Ask the rescue or shelter you are adopting from about the Poodle’s past along with current issues they may have addressed or treated. You are looking for any mental or physical health issues the dog may have. Doing this will help provide history and understanding when bringing your new pet back home and how to provide him with a healthy life with an affectionate family.
Additionally, asking these questions can provide an idea of the shelter’s customer service as you speak with their service providers. It lets you know more about how the shelter and organization handle their rescues and whether you should move on with the adoption process.
Learn About Their Health
Sometimes, a Poodle up for adoption may have health or behavioral issues. You will need to ask the shelter for any health issues the Poodle has or is at risk of having.
Most likely, shelters took their rescues for veterinary screening to check their vital organs, behavior, and any illnesses, giving health clearances once done. You can also have the Poodle go through applicable health screens, though you may need to cover the fees for it.
Knowing the Poodle’s health will help you figure out what type of care you need to give him once he arrives home.
In general, Poodles are at risk for certain health conditions, such as Addison’s disease, hip dysplasia, bloat, and poor joint health. Living normal lives with proper diet and exercise can live up to 10-18 years on average.
Have a Practical Puppy Training Plan
Poodles are adaptable, obedient, intelligent, and friendly, and that all equals to the suitable family pet that’s easily trainable. Through proper training, you won’t have any behavior issues and keep them in optimal health.
However, Poodles can also be stubborn, especially if you don’t train them well! That’s why you need a practical puppy training plan while they are still young.
When you bring your new Poodle home, give him time to adjust to his new day life. You will need patience for this, as it takes a few weeks until your new pet is comfortable with you and his surroundings.
Once you believe he’s ready, it’s time to begin training. Start by teaching him his name, then follow up with house training and basic commands such as sit, stay, come, and lie down.
After he has mastered all the basic commands, you can begin agility and obedience training, along with teaching him more complex commands. Training is beneficial for the intelligent Poodle, as it works his mind and body.
Give Them Mental Stimulation
Speaking of working the mind of an intelligent Poodle, make sure you give him tons of mental stimulation. Even while you’re out, occupy your Poodle with fun toys that work his mind. Puzzles, chew toys, and interactive ball toys are great suggestions.
And don’t forget to give your Poodle his daily exercise, may it be through 10-15 minute walks or a game of fetch. Spending time together will help grow your relationship and his trust, as well as keep him in optimal health.
Coat Grooming and Care Needs
Poodles are fantastic choices for people with allergies because they have a low-shedding coat. The low shedding level lessens the presence of pet dander and fur around the house, so allergic people don’t get triggered with the Poodle playing around the house.
However, this will mean a lot of coat grooming care and maintenance! You don’t need to bathe them every day, but you should brush their coat 2-3 times a week to prevent matting and trapped hair in their coat, which is uncomfortable for the dog.
Bathe your dog every 3-4 weeks, which keeps your dog’s fur clean and his skin in optimal health. Choose the appropriate dog shampoo depending on your dog’s hair and skin type.
You can also head to a professional groomer to brush and bathe your dog, as well as give him a fabulous hairstyle! The fees will cost a bit more than purchasing the grooming equipment and tools, doing it yourself.
Food and Water Needs
Diet is crucial when caring for your dog, as the proper diet will keep him at optimal health.
Check with the veterinarian to identify the type of food your Poodle should have, based on his age and current condition. You can also ask the breeder or local shelter regarding the Poodle’s eating habits and favorite food. Maintain the dog’s regular diet, as changing his food drastically after adoption will affect his digestive system, causing an upset stomach.
Adult poodles can eat once a day, though this depends on their level of tolerance. You may want to start with 2-3 appropriately-sized meals a day, with a few treats here and there.