"HOW DO YOU HOUSEBREAK A POODLE?"
Well the bad news is you don't! Now before you freak out, let us
explain. The odds are good that your dog will train you! By that we
mean, in time you will learn the signals that your pet(s) give you
around the time that their voiding needs arise. For example, your dog
may walk rapidly around the room sniffing the floor just before he does
anything. If you are paying close attention, that is the precise moment
to take him outside or to the preferred place you want him to do his
business. Some dogs adhere to a very rigid schedule, and void at the
same times every day (generally right after sleeping or eating). With
that being the case, observe, make note, and then be sure to place him
in the correct location. If you observe well, your reward will be fewer
messes to clean. Perhaps the most important rule is to never punish
your dog for following a "natures call". Absent the capacity for
reason, he will only get more confused if punished for performing a very
natural act. However, be sure to always reinforce positive behaviors!
2. "DO MALES OR FEMALES MAKE BETTER PETS?"
Good question! It depends on a variety of factors. However, if you
will allow a sweeping generality, for many people, a male is more loving
and less moody than a female! Sorry girls, we are not making a gender
slam, but we think it is a hormonal thingy! Females seem at different
times to be less tolerant and less affectionate than males. Females
also tend to bond to one person, whereas males more or less will bond to
a family. We are not really sure that neutering is the answer to this
issue either. We have a little female; she always was our prize little
girl, who was a real crabby thing, until she was mated. After her
first litter, guess what? She is still the crabbiest dog in the house!
But we still love her.
3. "WHAT SIZES ARE RECOGNIZED BY THE AKC/UKC?"
First of all, a comment or two in general, and this can be applied to
any breed that has size variations. In order to be recognized as a size
variation, it must breed true. This means if two larger dogs are mated,
their offspring will be the same size, or if two smaller dogs are mated,
again their puppies will all be of comparable size. However, the two
dog registry organizations both only recognize the Standard, the
Miniature, and the Toy. Primarily, because this size
will breed true, and the standard is the largest and is normally from 16
to 27 inches tall, and the miniature is 11 to 15 inches tall. The
toy is the smallest size recognized and is anything under 10 inches tall
and weighs 7 to 10 pounds. All of these dimensions are based on
full growth at adulthood. Many breeders will refer to two more
size differences, the tiny toy, and the teacup. The toy will
usually weigh from 3 to 4 pounds and the toy will weigh only 5-7 pounds. If you purchase
either of these very small ones, it will still be eligible for registry
with either the AKC or the UKC. However, on your registry you will see
it referred to as a toy only.
4. "IS A TINY TOY POODLE RIGHT FOR ME OR MY FAMILY?"
Perhaps not! Our reasoning is as follows. The
tiny toy by virtue of
its size is delicate. As such it is subject to hypoglycemic episodes
following any form of a trauma, or simply because it runs out of food.
Therefore, a teacup should be kept in a home where there is likely
always a live human present, and an adult to boot. Families with small
children are also not likely to be successful teacup owners, as the dogs
are so fragile that small children can inadvertently cause an injury to
KIND OF DOG FOOD DO YOU RECOMMEND?"
the risk of you assuming we have stock in the company, at one time we
leaned heavily on Wellness, Solid Gold or Pedigree, because it is compared
so favorably with the more expensive brands sold by Veterinarians and
top end pet stores. Further, the protein component is either chicken or
lamb, and the cereal filler is rice as opposed to corn, which can cause
allergy problems for some dogs. We allow our dogs to choose dry food and
clean fresh water all day and night. We also produce a wet food for
pregnant or nursing females and puppies using dry dog food moistened and
combined with scrambled egg, ground beef and cottage cheese.
Check out this video about poodles.