Research the breed thoroughly to determine whether a poodle is right for you, your family and your lifestyle. The poodle needs more care and attention than most other breeds.
As a potential poodle owner, you must consider two very important facts about owning a poodle before bringing one into your home.
- Human Companionship is Required. Your poodle wants to be with you – included in all family activities and treated with the same kindness and respect as any other family member. Treat your poodle right and you’ll have an adoring, intelligent and stable companion for many years to come.
- Frequent Grooming is Essential. Most allergy sufferers can live with a poodle because of their virtually non-shedding coat. This comes with a price – a constant cycle of brushing, combing, clipping and trimming. The poodle is one of the most expensive breeds to maintain. Good grooming will not only keep your poodle looking good, she will be healthier.
Before getting a poodle, ask yourself some important questions:
- Are you willing to make your poodle a member of the family and take her needs and desires into consideration when making family decisions?
- Are you able to devote the time necessary to raise your poodle puppy and meet your adult dog’s exercise and grooming needs?
- Can you keep a fairly consistent schedule so your poodle knows when to expect her walks, meals and playtime?
- Can you afford the professional grooming -or- Will you learn how to groom your poodle? Even if you take your dog to a professional groomer, are you able to spend 2 to 5 hours home grooming each week?
- Are you able to provide the veterinary care your poodle requires?
- Are you committed to caring for a poodle her entire life which could be 15 years or more?
If you are hesitant about making any of these commitments, you shouldn’t get a poodle. You don’t want to end up in a situation where neither you or the dog is happy.
Where To Look For Your Poodle
You’re ready to make the commitment and start looking for your poodle. You’ll need to decide on size, color, gender, and whether you want an adult or a puppy.
To locate a RESCUE or BREEDER REFERRAL person in your area, visit The Poodle Club of America website. Click on your state on the map at the bottom to the page. A list of affiliate clubs with names and phone numbers of their RESCUE and BREEDER REFERRAL persons will appear.