If you’re interested in adopting a poodle into your family, you should first get a good idea about their unique personality and traits. While each dog is certainly different, dogs of a certain breed often share characteristics that set them apart from other breeds. Researching about what makes poodles different from other breeds can help you make an informed decision before you bring one into your home. This way, you can also prepare yourself and set your expectations before you officially adopt a poodle. In this post, we’ll be talking about interesting facts about poodles—their unique personality and temperament, their specific needs, and such.
For a long time now, poodles have been one of the most popular breeds in American households, both in their purebred forms and in their mixed form. A poodle mix is when a poodle has been crossed with another breed to create an entirely new breed; popular poodle mixes are Yorkie Poo, the Goldendoodle, and the Labdradoodle among other cross mixes. The poodle breed has been around since the 1400s, and animal historians say that they were first bred in Germany. The poodle’s popularity as a breed quickly spread to other countries, like France and Spain, before spreading to England and finally finding its way to America and other countries.
Facts About Poodles: The Temperament and Personality of the Poodle
Poodles often have a temperament; they can be intelligent, alert, trainable, loyal, instinctual, and active. Indeed, they are smart dogs to the point that they are one of the easiest breeds to train and teach certain tricks and commands. They are also adaptable, as they are able to form bonds quickly with family members. They are also known to be very loyal. However, when it comes to strangers, they tend to be very shy; but they are rarely hostile as when they’re in unfamiliar situations, they just resort to occasional barking.
Commonly, there are three sizes of poodles: the toy poodle, the miniature poodle, and the standard poodle. As expected, the temperaments of a poodle can vary depending on which size he is. Each size is known to have its own set of characteristics.
Toy poodles, the smallest of the three, are easily encouraged by praise, positive reinforcement, and physical attention. Thus, they are known to be excellent household companions. However, as they are also very sensitive, they should not be treated or spoken to aggressively or meanly. The second size, miniature poodles, are slightly larger than toy poodles, and this makes them suitable pets for small children. Like toy poodles, miniatures are known to be very mischievous. The third size, standard poodles, are a bit more reserved than the previous two types, but they are also quite energetic.
As a dog, poodles are empathetic and can easily pick up on your mood and that of your family members. If you are feeling down, for example, you can expect your poodle to easily pick up on your mood and they might feel down as well.
One common misconception that most people have about poodles is that they are fragile and high-maintenance, and this misconception can be attributed to their distinct haircuts and their particular grooming routines. The truth is, poodles are just as active and outgoing as other breeds. They’re friendly dogs who love a good run and romp in a backyard, and they’re quite fond of some playtime too. They are also good watch dogs as they are naturally alert and curious and will call your attention if they see an unfamiliar animal or person approaching. In older times, this breed was used to hunt waterfowl, so the qualities they used in such hunts have been handed down through generations.
The intelligence of the poodle can also lead them to become stubborn sometimes. Despite this trait, they can still make for amazing pets and can even be helpful as therapy dogs. Their friendliness, empathetic nature, and innate ability to connect with people makes them great dogs for therapy in hospitals, nursing homes, and schools.
What to Expect When You’ve Adopted a Poodle
If you’ve adopted a poodle, you can expect that they would want to be around you most of the time. They will also demand lots of attention. For this reason, they might not be for people who are elderly or who lead busy lives and are often out of the home. Aside from your attention, they will also require much of your energy and time as they are very active, compared to other breeds like bulldogs and pugs that can do with less physical activity. If you keep other pets in your house, you shouldn’t worry a bit about adding a poodle into that mix as they have been known to have wonderful social skills when it comes to dealing with other pets.
In general, poodles are extroverted animals, and as such, they are usually better off in households that have many family members and are quite active. As extroverts, they love being showered with attention and will readily perform tricks for the household even at the slightest encouragement. However, this breed is also very sensitive and responds badly to neglect. For instance, if they have been left alone for too long, they have a tendency to become quite neurotic and even destructive. They are also very sensitive to noise and can become easily stressed at loud sounds.
Activity Requirements of Poodles
Because of their liveliness and intelligence, poodles require games that allow them to be active and to use their intelligence. Challenging toys and intelligence games will help to develop their best traits. You can also keep them happy by taking them on daily walks and runs. Another activity you can set up for him is an agility class, where he can learn to use both his body and mind at the same time.
If you’ve set your mind on adopting a poodle, you will have made a great decision. Not only will you have gained an intelligent, friendly, and loving pet, but you will also have welcomed a new member to your family. However, it is a must that you look after its safety and security. You can do that by investing in a GPS pet tracker. Such a device will help you monitor the location and activity of your pet poodle, so you will never have to worry if he gets out of your line of sight.