The Poodle

The poodle comes in several colors and are the smartest of the small breeds of dogs. They are known for their superior intelligence and exceptional learning ability. Poodles are retrievers and were originally bred as a type of water dog.They compete well in conformation, obedience, agility, rally, tracking and hunting events.

They make great family pets and do best in “twos.” One dog, like an only child, becomes needy of their owner’s time if they are the only pet. Having more than one pet gives them someone to eat, sleep, and play with when you are not at home or busy doing other things. They make great companion show dogs and pet companion dogs and truly become a member of one’s family.


The Poodle Club of America recommends that you spay or neuter your pet poodle. Responsible breeders sell their poodles with a spay/neuter agreement and with AKC’s limited registration option, which says that although your pet is an AKC-registered purebred dog, it cannot be bred. If it is bred, the offspring cannot be registered with the American Kennel Club. Using this form is the breeder’s way of ensuring that the puppy will not be bred and pass along the disqualifying feature to future generations. Spaying or neutering your dog also increases its chances of leading a longer, healthier, and happier life. Spayed females have reduced incidence of mammary tumors. Neutering a male reduces the chance of prostate problems. Please Note: There is no scientific evidence that it is helpful for a bitch to have a first season or have a litter of puppies.

Mixed Breeds

Breeders of mixed breeds (such as labradoodles, cockapoos, etc) have a different set of problems. Puppies from these kinds of breeding carry all of the genetic problems and diseases occurring in each of their ancestral breeds, which on the average exceed those occurring in purebreds. This makes them a “genetic soup” when it comes to their health, temperament, appearance and behavior. Those who deliberately crossbreed have a responsibility to their buyers. With no research to help them reduce disease, they leave their unsuspecting buyers with sub-quality dogs and sometimes large vet bills.

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