Poodles, regardless of what size are a diverse and wonderful breed making them a great family dog. No matter what type of poodle you are considering to have, from Toy poodles to Giant poodles, it is necessary to be informed of what type of care they will need. Understanding their temperament, grooming and common health concerns is a key towards being a responsible dog owner.
Grooming and Health Needs
Poodles are a non-shedding breed, making them hypoallergenic. However, they need regular grooming for maintenance.
For Giant poodles, their coat is their crowning glory. They are famous for their fabulous curly coats. As puppies, they only need minimal bathing and brushing. However, as they start to grow bigger and bigger, their coats will need extra care. To keep their coats free from mats, standard poodles require regular brushing and clipping every 4 to 6 weeks.
The larger the poodle is, the more high-maintenance their grooming gets. They are often groomed in various extravagant clips such as continental cut, English Saddler, Teddy Bear, or Kennel Coast. If you want to keep their hair low maintenance, keep their cut short and brush them often.
Poodles are generally a healthy breed which they can live between 10 – 18 years on average given that they are in perfect health. Despite being one of the longest-living breeds, they are susceptible to common health issues such as epilepsy, Cushing’s disease, Addison’s disease, Bloat, Hip Dysplasia, eye disorders, and Sebaceous Adenitis. For smaller poodles, they are prone to orthopedic problems while standard poodles like the giants may experience bloating. Good nutrition, exercise, and attention are very important throughout a poodle’s life.
The first 12 weeks of poodle puppies are crucial for learning. They absorb quickly and understand faster than any adult dogs. This is why they must be trained early. Poodles tend to assume the “alpha” role if not guided early. Although they are usually gentle dogs, it is best preferred that your dog knows of his place in your home. Harsh treatment methods are not advisable with poodles since they are sensitive dogs who love positive reinforcements. Therefore, commanding them should be firm but not harsh.