Poodles are inherently an intelligent breed of dog with a great disposition. Mix a poodle with some other canine varieties, and you’ll still get a great dog that may supply a family member with several years of enjoyment and memories. The poodle’s recognition has been growing during the years since people have gotten beyond their fluffy fur haircuts and distinguished walk. Poodle mix-breeds are common, as you’ll probably recognize most of the designer breeds listed below. Poodles don’t shed, but they’ll need regular grooming. Many owners could be turned off by the fluffy poodle cut that’s permanently attached to the breed.
Nevertheless, grooming is needed to keep the dog healthy and free from mats. A well-dressed poodle mix is no different. Most likely, if the pup has any poodle in its lineage, it will have to be groomed regularly as the fur will soon grow out of control. There are 3 sizes of Poodle: Standard, toy, and miniature. Each one exhibits comparable character traits irrespective of size but is well-known for their demeanor and lovable personality. People have also come to appreciate the perks of owning a Poodle; for instance, they’re very bright, protective, and basically a great family pet. Since the breed became more popular, a chance to breed them with some additional dogs has also given way to hybrid combinations that inherit their best personality traits.
Furthermore, trying to develop clever combinations of names based on the designer’s strain mix has also become a bit of a novelty. For instance, the “Labradoodle,” a Labrador and poodle mix breed that’s quite popular with families in need of a dog with a joyful disposition, but still has a Labrador retriever’s protective characteristics. Additionally, the dog might prefer more outdoor activities that are a plus for all those that like to hunt or camp. A Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle also called a Cockapoo, is a smaller strain with a big dog personality.
Feisty yet lovable, these dogs have a wonderful character but could be a bit temperamental. Peekapoo – Pekinese and a poodle combination is on the smaller side and usually a lap dog. This is an excellent dog for mature adults who may like to spoil their dogs with special attention. These dogs will eat all of it up. These Have Been just a tiny sample of designer Strains that you will find on the web. There are various more combinations that you’ll come across in your search. When searching for your new friend, it’s always important to do your research for the very best characteristics and temperament.
We know Poodles as one of the most popular breeds. That’s why it’s hard to imagine seeing them in adoption centers. Who would give away these beautiful fur babies?
If you would like to provide a permanent, loving home to a Standard Poodle, then you may want to consider adopting rescue Poodles. I’ll show what you should know about Poodles in shelters, ready to be rescued.
Where Can I Adopt Rescues?
According to the American Kennel Club (AKS), most breed rescues come from owner surrender, usually due to lifestyle changes or getting the wrong dog breed. That’s why there are a lot of Poodles up for adoption and looking for their forever home.
You can begin your search in your local community. Check your local city shelter, rescue organizations, and veterinarians, asking if they have any Poodles up for adoption. Place an ad in the local newspaper indicating your desire to rescue Poodles.
Some websites can help your search for rescue Poodles, such as:
- Poodle Club of America is the national breed club sanctioned by the AKC. They have a section where you can find Poodle rescues and Poodle breeders.
- Petfinder is a national rescue website for all breeds. Narrow down your search by breed and location.
- You can find rescue groups and organizations based on the state, like South Carolina Poodle Rescue, Poodle Rescue Connecticut, Picket Fence Poodle Rescue, and Mid-Atlantic Poodle Rescue.
Social media platforms have adoption-related groups, or you can stumble upon posts of people around your area looking to rehome Poodles. Also, post a want-ad on dog adoption websites.
How Much is a Poodle Rescue?
Usually, an adoption fee costs $300 to $600, depending on where you live and the adoption center. It’s rare to find rescue Poodles for free. With the financial costs of owning Poodles, shelters and individuals will ask for a fee to ensure the Poodle goes to a home that affords their care requirements.
This fee will help cover the standard veterinary treatment and medical care, including spaying/neutering, vaccinations, and microchipping. Check with your local shelter to see where your adoption fees go.
What to Consider Before Adopting
When you are planning to adopt, remember that you are most likely getting an adult Poodle. A rescue Poodle may have trust issues or feel scared, as they have been moving around without the comfort of their original owners. It takes time for rescue dogs to warm up to whoever adopts them, and the new owner needs to spend more time and effort.
That said, adopting a rescue Poodle is a fulfilling process that has its benefits. You don’t only save a dog from the rescue center. You also have a dog who’s most likely microchipped and spayed/neutered.
Furthermore, the dog may already be housebroken, and training becomes a bit less of a hassle. That said, rescue Poodles may require behavioral care if they are aggressive, depressed, or anxious from the sudden change.
There are other things to consider when adopting a Poodle, such as:
- There are different Poodle types to choose from, like the larger Poodles (standard) down to miniature and toy poodles. Many shelters have Poodle mixes like the Bichon Poodle. While it’s possible to find a pure-bred Poodle, you’ll most likely find mixed breeds.
- Poodles have a ton of energy and require daily exercise, whether running around the neighborhood or swimming in the pool. Your Poodle will love spending time indoors, but after they’ve spent time burning their high energy levels. If you want a constant, loving companion who loves adventure and moving around, you’ll love the Poodle.
- Poodles are best suited in a family environment, being a popular dog breed that loves to play with children.
- The breed is known for its almost hypoallergenic coat, great for allergy-sensitive people. Poodles only have one coat made of hair, so it doesn’t shed often, and shed hair stays trapped in the coat. However, their curly coat will require much maintenance, with regular grooming and daily brushing required.
- Unfortunately, Poodles are susceptible to various health conditions, such as bloat, dysplasia, and Addison’s disease. You can check with the rescue center, who would most likely have veterinary documentation, to know what health risks the Poodle has. Because of this, you know what to expect and can take preventative measures as needed.
Tips on Adopting From a Shelter
Keep these tips in mind during the adoption process, so you leave no stone unturned:
- Ask the nonprofit organization why the Poodle is up for adoption. Also, check if any issues have been corrected or treated, getting all the Poodle rescue information to know what you’re getting, and prepare ahead. It will also help you know whether or not the rescue Poodle is a good match for you (and vice versa).
- You’ll need to go through a process and interview before a shelter accepts your adoption application. Comply with all the steps and make sure that you are honest and transparent about your household and lifestyle. These processes help animal shelters narrow down who the compatible families are for their rescues.
- Remember to follow up and communicate with the shelter regularly and to be patient. Shelters go through hundreds of applications daily until they have a pre-screened loving home for their dogs, so you may want to set up email alerts to stay updated.
- Prepare the time and money it takes to bring your rescue Poodle home and care for it. From the crate and bed down to the grooming and food, there’s a lot to consider! Of course, it will be worth it, but if you don’t have the budget yet, consider saving up first.
- You may be better off with the smaller Miniature Poodle or Toy Poodle for potential dog owners living in smaller houses or apartments. The Standard Poodle is suited for families with bigger homes and a yard, though they can still strive in smaller spaces with daily exercise.
- Upon completing the adoption application process, prepare the pet supplies. Have a dog crate, food, dishes, grooming supplies, a leash, and a collar. I recommend crates, as it gives rescue Poodles a safe space when feeling nervous.
- When you bring your rescue Poodle home, don’t startle it with many visitors and animals around. Please keep it to the significant household members and allow your Poodle to explore on his own until he’s more comfortable.
- If you would like to house Poodles temporarily instead of permanently, consider foster care. Foster homes provide Poodles and other dog breeds a healthy environment while preventing a crowded shelter.