Our Standard Poodle is now seven years old and she is fit and healthy. Indeed she still runs and plays as if she is three or four. We try our best to keep her healthy with good food, plenty of walks and exercise for her brain – dog games.
Since we gave up our full-time corporate lives to run our various micro-business – including Dog Remote Control and iFootpath, we have been able to spend more time with her. It was indeed a major reason for us to change our lifestyle. Have a dog can teach you many things including ‘enjoying the moment’ Bobbie never misses a chance to explore, play and give affection.
It would be great to hear what your dog has taught you about living a healthy and rewarding life.
This is a short video of Bobbie playing with her new toy. It has a battery inside making it vibrate and make a noise. It is activated by motion. You can see that she loves it. You will also see in the video how she uses her paws to bring it closer to her.
Bobbie the standard poodle is a great listener. Like many dogs she turns her head to the side. Whether she does this to hear better or whether she does this because she gets great ‘feedback’ from us I guess we may never know. It is of course rather cute. We humans do this too. You may not realise but when someone’s headed is tilted we feel that they are listening to us – when you are next in a meeting observe your colleagues and friends.
We own a lovely standard black bitch called Bobbie. She is everything that we want in a dog. Indeed Standard Poodles offer so much as they are affectionate, clever, great family dogs, athletic, trainable, etc., etc. And as they don’t shed their hair so they can go anywhere in the house.
Standard Poodles make great dogs
So what’s with the need to cross Poodles with other dogs? What else are people looking for? Is it just that Poodles have a bad name? Crossbreeds don’t naturally take the best parts of their respective parents. So if you believe that a Labrador Poodle cross for example is going to be the prefect dog be careful. You may well end up with a food driven dog that chews everything, gets over excited and sheds hair.
They are not so common here in the UK than they used to be. I am not sure why. The grooming is quite expensive at around £45 ($80) every six to eight weeks. But it’s better than having to vacuum up dog hair from house and car. Bobbie loves going to the dog groomers. Not sure what goes on in there but she is always so excited when we pull up outside. But then Standard Poodles are generally happy dogs. They like being with people and other dogs.
Our dog has been virtually free from illness and she is now fifteen months old. Maybe we have been lucky no skin ailments or tummy troubles. We do use a raised feeding dish, which I believe helps with digestion and we feed her a good quality dry food. Fish is her favourite food so she is easy to treat with some tuna. In general I believe Poodles are fussy eaters unlike some other breeds they pick and choose and as we have never fed Bobbie at the table she does not beg. Being a little fussy and not a greedy dog is good as she is unlikely to put on weight if she gets enough exercise but it makes her a little harder to train as she soon gets bored of the same treat.
No, my advice is to stick with a pure bred Standard Poodle and enjoy a fantastic dog that has been around since the Middle Ages. Get to know the breed enjoy their characteristics and be proud to walk your poodle along the street. You don’t need to give your dog a fancy haircut just a nice even cut makes them look great – and with a tail too!. It’s up to you. If you like a fancy Poodle cut them off you go…standard Poodles walk so elegantly that they look good what ever their coat is like. When people see what a great dog you have people will stop to talk to you and admire. And when someone asks what type of dog you have (and we get asked all of the time) say proudly – ‘my dog is a pure Standard Poodle and is absolutely wonderful’