Want to adopt a Poodleor Poodlemix ? These dogs are in your area!
Poodles come in three varieties: toy, miniature, and standard, and range from tiny to large! No matter their size, Poodles tend to be smart, energetic dogs who need a lot of interaction and stimulation.
Poodles are lively, affectionate, and intelligent dogs. Overall, they are also fairly athletic dogs, but this probably doesn’t come quickly to mind when most people think of poodles.
Poodles don’t shed, but they need to be groomed at regular intervals, which can make them a little more expensive to own.
Poodles probably aren’t the best choice for someone who is looking for a “laid back” dog, they feel strongly about being part of all the activities that are taking place around them, which could be viewed as a positive or a negative trait. Poodle owners tend to be loyal to the breed; many people who adopt from us adopt poodles because they remember having a poodle during their childhood.
Poodles are very loyal and long living dogs (the oldest one on record was 27!) Poodle owners will tell you that owning one is like having a perpetual two-year-old in your home (without the “terrible two’s” behavior).
Poodles are very smart, have a large vocabulary, and tune in to your behavior patterns so they know exactly what is coming next in your routine.
Poodles are gregarious dogs and want to be with their human, so they are happiest sleeping on the “big bed” and going with you where you go.
They make wonderful therapy dogs, because they get what is required and needed of them. The saddest part of a Poodle’s life is that they often outlive their owners and end up in rescue.
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Like most people, you’ve probably heard time and again that if you have kids, you should adopt a Poodle puppy (or, gasp! find a Poodle puppy for sale). The rationale is that an adult shelter dog is an unknown quantity, so buying or adopting a Poodle puppy is safer. Actually, the opposite is closer to the truth. Puppies are not usually a great choice with kids; they have very limited control over their biting/mouthing impulses, and when you mix that with lots of energy and unbelievably sharp little teeth, it’s a recipe for your small fry to be in tears. Puppies are tiny chewing machines and can destroy a favorite stuffed animal or security blanket in short order. Adult dogs, on the other hand, are generally calmer, and their personalities are already fully developed and on display. When you meet an adult dog, you can see how they are with kids and with other animals. This takes the guesswork out of wondering how a puppy will turn out as a full-grown dog.
Puppies teethe. They have a biological need to chew, they want to play constantly, and they can’t discriminate between appropriate chew toys and, say, your favorite pair of Manolos. Puppies eventually can be trained out of this behavior, of course, and there are exceptions to every rule, but generally speaking, an adult Poodle (or any adult dog) is much less likely to shred your drapes like coleslaw or function as a “helpful” canine document shredder.
Pop quiz: how often does a two-month-old puppy need to be taken out to do his business during the day? A) every six hours; B) every eight hours; or C) every two hours?
If you answered B, or even A, you’re an eternal optimist! The correct answer, though, is C: every two hours. When you’re housetraining a puppy, the general rule of thumb is that they can hold their bladder one hour for each month they’ve been alive (up to a max of about eight to ten hours). So a three-month-old Poodle puppy needs to go outside every three hours, a four-month-old needs to go every four hours, and so on. If you’re retired, or you work from home, or you’re taking the puppy to work with you or to a doggy daycare (make sure your puppy is up-to-date on all vaccines before considering that last option), great! But if you’re planning on leaving your dog alone during your workday, you’ll definitely want to adopt a full-grown dog, ideally from a Poodle rescue that can help you find the right dog for your lifestyle.
Time to get real: when we ask people what reservations they have about Poodle adoption, we hear the same things over and over again. If you’re operating under any of these mistaken beliefs, you just might be missing out on meeting the best friend you’ll ever have. So it’s time for us to set the record straight:
Here’s the truth: you absolutely can find a Poodle, even a Poodle puppy, for adoption in an animal shelter or rescue group. And they don’t end up there because they’re bad dogs. In fact, often the only difference between the dog in the shelter and the one on your couch is a bit of bad luck. Think about it: let’s say you buy a Poodle puppy for sale by a breeder. Your new dog is great; you immediately enroll the two of you in obedience classes, and soon your best pal is housebroken and well trained. But what would happen to your wonderful Poodle if, tragically, something happened to you? What if he escaped from your home and ran away? Your best pal would very likely end up in an animal shelter. The lucky person who adopts your Poodle would be getting a great dog! Animal shelters are filled with wonderful, healthy, well-behaved dogs who have been in homes before, but whose owners have fallen on hard times. Many of them are housebroken and trained. Poodle rescue organizations often care for their adoptable dogs in foster homes, which means their foster families will be able to tell you if the Poodle you want to adopt is good with other animals or kids, and if he or she is housebroken and knows any basic commands. As you can see, adopting from a rescue organization is likely the very safest way for people with children to add a new Poodle to their family!