Looking to add a dog to your family? Here are some reasons the poodle might be the right breed for your home.

The road to pet ownership can be long and winding, but it’s well worth the destination. According to the Centers for Disease Control, owning at least one pet can have the following positive impacts on your life.

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels
  • More opportunities for exercise
  • More opportunities for socialization
  • Lower rates of depression and general anxiety

It’s clear that if you are capable of taking care of a pet, they are likely to be an active and healthy force in your life. So now that you know, which pet will you choose? Here are some reasons a poodle could be right for you.

Variety

Poodles are recognized by the AKC in three sizes: Standard, Miniature, and Toy. With these choices, a poodle can be found to suit just about any size living arrangement.

Be careful about buying from breeders who market “Tea Cup” poodles. These are just small toy poodles, and in some cases are premature puppies the breeder is trying to offload at a premium price.

Hypoallergenic

Except for hairless breeds, there is no such thing as a “non-shedding” dog. But a poodle is as close as it gets. The hair that a poodle shed gets held on its body until it is brushed away, keeping it off your furniture and out of your sinuses.

While this can be a big plus for a lot of people, remember that regular grooming is necessary for these types of dogs or their fur will become uncomfortably matted.

Does Your Poodle Have Allergies?

Does Your Poodle Have Allergies?

Temperament

Poodles exist under a cloud of a pernicious stereotype that casts them as stupid, demanding, and too high strung to form attachments.

This could not be further from the truth. Poodles are known by experts to be a highly intelligent and easily trained breed. They are easy to please with regular dog food, and usually only manifest picky eating habits when overly indulged by their owners.

Also, poodles are known to be fiercely loyal to their families. Due to protective feelings, they are wary of strangers and will bark, but this makes them a good guard dog as well as a loving companion.

They should be supervised around children, especially during the initial welcoming phase, but they get along very well with the elderly.

A poodle is one to consider in looking for a companion animal for an older relative. In addition to the health benefits listed above, a new study shows that Alzheimer’s patients reported fewer anxious outbursts when they had regular access to a pet.

Temperament in Poodles

Temperament in Poodles

Get Moving

Poodles are an active breed that needs regular exercise. For example, the standard poodle makes for a great running companion. But remember, just like humans they have to train to build up distance and young puppies should not be pushed beyond reasonable limits.

Bottom line, if they’re moving, you’re moving and that’s good for everyone.

Time Management

Along with love and affection, poodles crave stability. Creating and sticking to a daily schedule your dog will appreciate can give you something to build your day’s to-do list around.

Dogs 101 – Poodle