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The Poodle and adoption

The Poodle

A Poodle is assured happiness, so beware of imitations!

The toy and miniature poodle is a pleasant companion dog. Renowned for its loyalty, it's good at learning and training. It has an intelligent animal aspect, constantly alert, active and with great adaptability abilities. Circus dog, guide dog or lapdog, it is now one of the most popular dog breed.


Originally, it's probably a cross breed of hunting dogs and shepherd dogs, which led to breeds like the Barbet and the French poodle.

The name ''poodle'' seems to have originated from ''Pudelhund'' ''Pudel'' is a word deriving from the verb ''to slash about'' in Low German, and ''Hund'' is the word that means ''dog'' in German as well. The breed was finally standardized in France, where it was used as a water retriever. It became highly popular in that country, thus making it it's established place of origin(France). In French, we call the poodle ''caniche''


Placed under the category of companion and utility dog groups, the poodle has curly fur (curly or corded) of colour black, white, gray, apricot and brown. The Poodle has a light and bouncy gait, giving an impression of elegance and pride. It is one of the best built and best structured dogs: a flexible body, a well-developed brain, and a deep chest. It's too often represented as a lapdog, wearing a fancy coat and wearing high heels ...However it's also a strong dog that can walk in the mountains as well as swim in the sea. The average life of a poodle goes from 14 to 17 years.

Breed standard according to the CKC:

Measured in inches at the withers (shoulder)

  • Standard Poodles: Over 38.1 cm (15 inches and up)
  • Miniature Poodles: Over 25.4 cm to 38.1 cm (10-15 inches)
  • Toy poodles: Below 25.4 cm (10 inches and under)

To help you, here is a table by weight:

  • Standard Poodle : 30 to 70 pounds and 15 inches at the withers
  • Miniature Poodle: 8 to 15 pounds and 10 to 15 inches at the withers
  • Toy Poodle: 6 to 8 pounds and 10 inches at the withers

There are also sub-groups of toy poodles:

  • Tiny toy Poodle : 4 to 6 pounds and 8-9 inches at the withers
  • Teacup Poodle: 3 to 4 pounds and 8 inches at the withers
  • Chinacup Poodle: 1 to 3 pounds and 7 inches and under at the withers


The adoption,

It's all about knowing if whether or not we are going to be able to give the dog everything it needs during its whole life, and that is about between ten and fifteen years. You need to feed it, brush it, walk it and care for it.

If the thousands of people who, every year, buys a dog could look more into how that dog will disrupt their daily habits, some would give up that idea, and there would be fewer abandoned dogs. The living conditions, activities, age and family aspects will influence in the choice of a dog. In a small appartment, a miniature dog will live very well. To defend yourself, it is better to have a more sturdy dog. With children, a little dog full of life and energetic is recommended, but not too small. You should also know what is expected of it. Will it be a pet dog, a guarding dog, or a hunting dog? Take the time to see what breed is right for you. Finally, the character of the dog should match with the one of its future master.

Your decision is important!

Adoption also means choosing a good breeder. If you are currently on my website, this means that you have already made your choice not to go to the petshop or to a breeding farm... Good job!

Several serious news on TV left all of us shocked. The poor living conditions of these poor dogs used for the sole purpose of making money ... These dogs bred in cages and in unacceptable conditions, they cannot give healthy and good quality puppies. And they often require expensive veterinary care upon their arrival at home.

Buying directly from the breeder will allow you to ask any questions you need, because the breeder is a passionate and knowledgeable person about the qualities and flaws of the breed. It seeks to inform you rather than make you buy.

Quick tips and important information

Things you will need for the puppy's arrival at home:

  • A 17" x 24" (minimum) size cage
  • A 36" x 36" (minimum) size pet playpen
  • Dog probiotics
  • A blanket
  • A Magic Bag for dogs
  • Two washable pee pads
  • A big stuffed animal
  • A dog bed
  • Two ceramic or stainless-steel bowls
  • 3-4 toys for dog teeth
  • Mouthwash or toothbrush for dogs
  • A bag of small dog treats
  • A brush, a comb and dog hair detangler
  • A bag of food

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Once at home, please consider these suggestions:

  • The puppy sleeps in its cage during the night
  • They may cry at night (they lost their mom!). Place a hot water bottles under they blanket or a hot or warm magic bag. A stuffed animal can give theme comfort but beware of buttons
  • Plan for a pet playpen during the day
  • A puppy sleeps on average 12 hours a day, let them sleep.
  • Free feed the puppy for the first few days at home, and give them time to eat. They’re still a pup!
  • Thereafter, you can feed them twice a day and pack the food in a container. (Remember, your dog eats with its sense of smell!)
  • Never give them milk, only WATER.
  • Do not let the puppy into your bed, you could crush them and they could pee in the bed. The puppy will be able to sleep in your bed after a year.
  • Your puppy has received only one vaccine, so any contact with other dogs should be avoided. Watch out for walks too, because the feces of other dogs can give them worms.
  • Remember the next two vaccines and consult your veterinarian.
  • Taking your puppy in your arms to prevent them from barking when meeting other dogs or people could create a bad habit. Let them on the ground so they can gain confidence.
  • Your dog does not speak your language, teach them simple words by using treats. I.e: Sit (make them sit with your hand and a treat) and repeat until they do it by them self.
  • Base words (or commands) are important in order to get a pleasant experience with your dog. I.e: Sit, Stay, Come, Good Dog, No and their name.
  • Positive reinforcement as a method of education is desirable, it is a method which aims to educate your puppy with rewards.
  • It's important to train your puppy with simple rules. You can say no and touch them gently with your fingers near their ribs, like their mother would do, when they adopt an undesirable behavior.
  • Never punish the puppy by putting them in their cage, it's their home and they must love being in it.
  • Never punish a puppy by putting their nuzzles in urine or other.
  • Never punish a puppy by hitting them with your hand or a newspaper.
  • Patience and perseverance, will help you tremendously.
  • Puppies only do become adults after a year, their education will last a year as well...
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