The poodle is a strong, striking, smart breed of dog that is great for people with allergies since poodles are hypoallergenic.
However, poodle owners know how much time and effort it takes to care for this breed.
While it makes a great family pet, poodles do require frequent grooming and routine exercise. So if you’re going to be a poodle owner, it’s important to be aware of the time commitment.
POODLES ARE SOCIAL
Poodles don’t enjoy being left alone. They want to go with you when you’re out and about. So consider how you can include them in your daily routine.
They can actually become mischievous and destroy things if they have too much time to themselves. Having company is very important for a poodle.
POODLES NEED EXERCISE
Have a large area for your dog to exercise or have a plan to walk him and take him to a dog park regularly.
Poodles are also intelligent, so play games that work his mind and look for dog toys that will do the same.
DON’T OVERFEED YOUR POODLE
Poodles are prone to bloating and stomach torsions. Feed your pet multiple small meals throughout the day instead of one or two large meals.
Bloat is caused when your dog’s stomach is overly full from food, water, or gas. When bloat happens, the stomach squeezes the other organs and can cut off blood flow to the heart or can cause a stomach tear.
It’s also a good idea to prohibit your poodle from lively exercise immediately following a meal. This can increase the chances of the stomach twisting, which is often deadly.
Keeping a poodle’s coat properly groomed can be a full time job! It’s often the reason some people opt for a different breed of dog.
Even if you aren’t going for fancy presentation, keeping a poodle’s curly hair free of tangles and matted knots demands almost non-stop brushing.
You’ll also need to regularly clip or trim your pet’s coat. If you disregard grooming, you can end up spending a lot of money at the vet to heal painful skin infections.
You could also end up with a naked poodle. When the knots get too intense, the only option is to cut off all the hair, so you don’t hurt the skin.
Why is this such an issue? Besides them being dogs and doing doggy things, they shed.
But unlike a regular dog where the hair is released (all over your furniture, clothes, and carpet), their long, curly hair traps the shed hair and causes mats and tangles.
It’s also a good idea to have your poodle professionally groomed every 1-2 months to avoid any serious hair drama.
VISIT THE VET REGULARLY
All breeds have a predisposition for certain health issues, and the poodle is no different.
While they’re a healthy breed by and large, they do have a genetic susceptibility to hip dyslplasia, epilepsy, hepatitis, Cushing’s disease, hypothyroidism, and Addison’s disease.
Don’t let that deter you from getting a poodle though. All breeds are prone to certain issues. But now that you know what the potential problems could be, you can make sure you see your vet regularly and screen for known conditions.