Standard Poodle: The Brutal Truth? (You must read this before getting a dog)
Why are so many things in life not what they seem?
The standard poodle is no different – what you see is NOT what you get! You get what you DON’T see … So why not “lift the veil” and check it out before you jump into that pile of dogs?
Let’s get rid of some myths!
Before you do, I want you to know that we have three standard poodles that we love very, very much. They are all from the same litter. Izzy is white and short. Piper is blue and like a “runway model” – very skinny with very long legs. We got Maico when we promised we would fix it (he was born without a queue). Maico is black and huge, weighing 90 pounds, and tall enough to be a “Royal Poodle” (a subset that does not officially exist).
What is myth and what is reality?
Myth # 1:
“Poodles don’t lose hair.” Whoever started that rumor should be taken to the forest shed! Do you want proof? Just come take a look at our Dyson vacuum! How come there is always so much curly white, blue and black hair in there?
Myth # 2:
“Poodles are hypoallergenic.” Listen, I’m allergic. We live in the country. Poodles are actually bird dogs and our poops are active. We walk them through 80 wild desert acres, twice a day. All the pollen is trapped in those curls. When they walk in and feel the need to shiver, a cloud of pollen, dust, and “whatever” is on my face!
Myth # 3:
“Poodles bite and are nervous.” This may be true for small members of the breed. Our dogs are very calm. I am 56 years old and have had dogs my whole life. I have NEVER had a quiet dog, ever! At the same time, I don’t think I ever had a more fun dog, they just love to have a good time.
Such characters make us laugh.
Each of our 3 dogs has different personalities. Piper will sneak up on us every now and then and play like she’s biting my butt! Izzy likes to go looking. As much as he likes to go looking, he likes to hide the ball from us and watch us go find it. Piper doesn’t give a damn about the ball, but she will keep an eye on the area and bring Izzy’s stray balls to the porch for her sister. . Maico has the nickname: “Kung fu Cowboy” due to the way he turns to grab his sisters when they play “Poodle Games”.
When it comes to biting, the Standard Poodle is classified as one of the breeds least likely to bite someone. That’s true with ours. Poodles will “gum” you by gently placing their open mouth on your hand as an expression of affection. However, don’t think they are not great watchdogs because they are fantastic watchdogs, with melodic barks!
What is not a myth? How smart these dogs are, wow!
Generally, a Bassett Hound needs approximately 80 repetitions to learn a command. Take the standard poodle for 5 to 10 repetitions. It’s almost creepy, they’ll learn a new word so fast you’ll wonder if there really isn’t a person there.
Is there really a difference in the dog you get?
When I was a child I had a mix of a German Shepherd and a Collie. When I was 8 years old, my dog was an adult (male) and I was standing at the bus stop in my new green jeans. My own dog came over, lifted his leg, and peed on my leg.
When my children were young, we got a Dalmatian that we ended up giving back to the breeder. He was an amazing athlete and very friendly. Unfortunately, he was also a regular thief and a liar.
Next, we have an American Eskimo named Sugar. She was smart. It could play dead when you shot it with your finger, it could dance, walk on its hind legs, roll over, all with “circus” skill. She was a good bitch as long as we did what they told us; otherwise, we would have to pay a price. He lived with us until his death at the age of 18.
During the time we had Sugar, we had Kira, a Border Collie. Yes, they are also very smart and are ranked side by side with the standard poodle. The type of intelligence is a little different. It seems to be because all a Border Collie wants to do is work, which includes herding YOU! Standard Poodles just want to have fun. We love Kira. One day, Kira decided to get in a car with a stranger, something our poodles would never do!
Time flies when you’re having fun.
There is no doubt that we are closer to our standard poodles than to any animal. They are such an important part of our family. They are 8 years old. They usually only live for 12 years and we don’t look forward to the end. However, we do not regret it.
What should you do next?