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Old 02-04-2008, 04:36 PM
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I just recently got interested in Poodles, but aminly toy and minis. I haven't done tons of research on this breed but from what i've read, my main concern is the grooming. Do poodles have to have pro grooming every 6 weeks? Can anyone tell me more about mini and toy poodles from their experiences?
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Old 02-04-2008, 05:17 PM
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Well first I would make a DETAILED list.
Column one: Things You really want in a dog (ie trainability, ability to do flyball, good with cats etc)
Column two: things you would like in a dog
Column three: Things you would rather not have in a dog
Column four: things you CANT have in a dog.
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Old 02-04-2008, 05:20 PM
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I see a consistent choice being something from the Sporting Group.
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Old 02-04-2008, 05:33 PM
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poodles are a WONDERFULL breed, (id suggest a mini to better suit your medium dog needs)

now ive never had a poodle but i do have a powderpuff cresti that i keep in a pony cut and have been looking into getting a standard poodle in the distant future.
im told that grooming is 100% dependant on your coat preferences and your personal comfort level.

i took my crested in for the first pony cut, and now i simply keep ontop of it every couple of weeks so it costs me nothing and is actually realy simple now i have the basic shape to follow!

if you feel comfortable grooming yourself itll be much less in terms of cost but more in terms of time.

a lamb or puppycut (simple) is going to be the easiest in terms of upkeep but require frequent grooming, however once the basic cut is in most groomers only charge a small fee to "keep it up" as long as you get them in soon enough.
something a little more involved will of course cost more to intiially cut in and be more consuming in terms or upkeep.

from what ive seen of the poodle breed.

they are generally easygoing sweet natured breed, Very easily trained, very attentive. they aparently (minis particularly) have good energy, being they tend to be good indoors and yet are still active enough to run and hike and do agility ect with when the time is right.

theres a few poodle owners on the board but when i saw you mention something easy to train the poodle was the first to mind!

a powderpuff or even hairless chinese crested (hairless tend to be more skin upkeep) might also work for you too! the only thing with cresteds is you HAVE to socilize well early on as they can be shy if not properly socilized. however if properly socilized they are amazing dogs (if fallen hard since getting ruby) cresteis tend to be good watchdogs (will let you know if somethings not quite right) fairly quiet indoors, FAST learners (though they can be stubborn and make you work to make it worth their while, but that "worthyness" is usually something as simple as lovings and a treat lol) they are active dogs outdoors and most are perfect for agility, lurecoursing, and generally running round like lunatics.
the only thing against them is there smaller than your realy looking for and i dont know how much id trust a cresti offleash, i swear theres sighthound in their blood somewhere...
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Old 02-04-2008, 06:17 PM
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poodles are a WONDERFULL breed, (id suggest a mini to better suit your medium dog needs)

now ive never had a poodle but i do have a powderpuff cresti that i keep in a pony cut and have been looking into getting a standard poodle in the distant future.
im told that grooming is 100% dependant on your coat preferences and your personal comfort level.

i took my crested in for the first pony cut, and now i simply keep ontop of it every couple of weeks so it costs me nothing and is actually realy simple now i have the basic shape to follow!

if you feel comfortable grooming yourself itll be much less in terms of cost but more in terms of time.

a lamb or puppycut (simple) is going to be the easiest in terms of upkeep but require frequent grooming, however once the basic cut is in most groomers only charge a small fee to "keep it up" as long as you get them in soon enough.
something a little more involved will of course cost more to intiially cut in and be more consuming in terms or upkeep.

from what ive seen of the poodle breed.

they are generally easygoing sweet natured breed, Very easily trained, very attentive. they aparently (minis particularly) have good energy, being they tend to be good indoors and yet are still active enough to run and hike and do agility ect with when the time is right.

theres a few poodle owners on the board but when i saw you mention something easy to train the poodle was the first to mind!

a powderpuff or even hairless chinese crested (hairless tend to be more skin upkeep) might also work for you too! the only thing with cresteds is you HAVE to socilize well early on as they can be shy if not properly socilized. however if properly socilized they are amazing dogs (if fallen hard since getting ruby) cresteis tend to be good watchdogs (will let you know if somethings not quite right) fairly quiet indoors, FAST learners (though they can be stubborn and make you work to make it worth their while, but that "worthyness" is usually something as simple as lovings and a treat lol) they are active dogs outdoors and most are perfect for agility, lurecoursing, and generally running round like lunatics.
the only thing against them is there smaller than your realy looking for and i dont know how much id trust a cresti offleash, i swear theres sighthound in their blood somewhere...
well I like mini poodles. I dont think I could get them pro cut but maybe 2-3 times a year cause I dont have alot of money to get a dog pro groomed every 6-8 weeks.
Mini poodles will do great in my size range and energy range. not to big or small, and not to much energy and have an "on/off switch". Thanks!
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Old 02-04-2008, 06:30 PM
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Well first I would make a DETAILED list.
Column one: Things You really want in a dog (ie trainability, ability to do flyball, good with cats etc)
Column two: things you would like in a dog
Column three: Things you would rather not have in a dog
Column four: things you CANT have in a dog.
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I'll start my columns here!

Column 1: easy to train, good for fylball, hiking, being able to do good outdoors since I ride horses and want little buddy to come with me, good with cats, meduim energy level, anywhere from 15-50 lbs where full grown (i will take a little smaller but nothing small and fragile like a Chi).

Column 2: I would like an affectionate, playful dog, happy-go-lucky dog, a goofball but knows when to calm down when need be.

Column 3: I would rather not have a dog that is naturally dominant or are not hyperactive.

Column 4: The only thing I really cant have is a dog that gets to big like, 60+ lbs. But thats my personal preference and I dont need a dog that big, if that make sense.
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Old 02-04-2008, 06:44 PM
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ok so you want a dog for flyball, do you want to compete? or just play.
how much time will you spend training?
will you be able to get to classes (this is as much of an availability issue as it is a money issue)

There are some breeds that would fit your criteria but be more work.
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Sounds like you need a Corgi to me...
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Old 02-04-2008, 06:51 PM
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ohh a corgi would be a great choice
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Old 02-04-2008, 07:09 PM
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Aww I love corgis!!

Ok to answer your answer your questions Dekka.
I will be about to take a puppy to obedience classes, I would like to compete in flyball but until the pup's full grown it'll be training and just for fun, and I can spend as much time need be to train but I dont want a dog that has to be trained 24/7/365, ya know? Easy to train but I can do the training that needs to be done.

I've looked into Pembroke Corgis and Mini Poodles and I like them both. Both can do all the things I want; hike, flyball, obedience. Easy to train, good with most animals, watchdogs, small enough for me to handle and travel with, and they are both so darn cute. I am still open to suggestions but these 2 are what I'm sticking with til anyone else give me more suggestions.
Thanks yall and I'm still open to more opinions.
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