Is the Poodle right for you?
NO Dog should ever be an impulse purchase
Purchasing a dog SHOULD NOT be done on a whim. Careful research into the breed needs to be done before adding any dog to your family, regardless of the breed. Avoid making a decision based on emotions or pressure from family and friends. A healthy, well-bred Poodle can have a life expectancy of 12 years or more. It is, therefore, extremely important that you purchase the right dog that will fit your needs, and family. Not just today, but for all your tomorrows as well.
Advantages of a well-bred, properly raised Standard Poodle can be:
Adaptable and trainable
Strong, hardy breed
Variety of colors to choose from
Disadvantages of a Standard Poodle can be:
Requires grooming on a regular basis
Emotionally dependent on PEOPLE and due to their coat care, are not suited for living outdoors.
Will spoil you from ever wanting any other breed
A good breeder works at breeding to the
and only incorporates dogs in the breeding program that possess the
intelligence, temperament and health that are present in quality Poodles.
Responsible dog ownership requires time and dedication to your pet. You may purchase a quality bred poodle that possesses many of the desirable traits of the Standard Poodle, but it is your responsibility to work with your pet to nurture these traits and work with your dog so that it grows into the perfect pet for you and your family.
There are hereditary health problems in ALL breeds of dogs.
Below are some of the more common hereditary health problems in the Standard Poodle. These health issues are not unique to Standard poodles, many other breeds and even mixed breeds may develop these problems. However, as a responsible Poodle owner, you should be aware of these issues. Given the proper care, I believe that many more Poodles live long, healthy lives than don't.
PRA (progressive retinal atrophy)
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
von Willebrand's Disease
Sebaceous Adenitis (skin disorder)
Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia
Even when breeding dogs that have been tested and found clear of specific hereditary health problems, there is no 100% guarantee that the puppy will not develop one of these problems. Buying a puppy from a breeder who tests breeding stock increases your chances of getting a healthy puppy. It is your responsibility to provide a healthy, safe environment to raise your puppy. This includes high quality food and proper medical care.
Before breeding your poodle or purchasing a new poodle,
PLEASE check out the
Poodle Health Registry
If you have a poodle with health problems, PLEASE REGISTER your poodle in the Poodle Health Registry, so that the information may be available to other breeders who are trying to breed away from health problems.
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