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I’ve been asked this question a lot… Why Poodles? or Why a Standard Poodle?

I grew up around all kinds of dogs and actually loved Dobermans. My first dog was a Doberman/Husky mix that we’d adopted. I thought for sure that when I was ‘grown up’ I’d get a Doberman.

However, Ray and Dave have allergies to pets. So to get a dog, I had to concede that we’d get a hypo-allergenic dog (and no, Max is not hypoallergenic, but that’s another story) and we started researching the hypo-allergenic dog breeds. I also thought about what traits I wanted in a dog. After comparing our list of wants vs. possible breeds, we decided on the Standard Poodle.

Standard Poodles are highly intelligent, very people-oriented, and easy to train. They really don’t shed (very very minimally) because they have hair instead of fur. They’re great watch dogs but not overly aggressive. They’re good with other animals and excellent with children. Because of their intelligence, they need stimulation through a walk or play daily.

Having Phaedra has motivated me to be more active as I take walks with her or I play with her. I also spend a lot of time cuddled up with her. Anything I want to do, she wants to do, with the exception of swimming. She hates the pool. She loves to lay in my lap and I absolutely adore having a 47 lb lap dog.

One of the things to be aware of with Standard Poodles is that they have a chance to have Addison’s Disease. Even though we researched the breeder and her dogs and there was no history of Addison’s Disease in her line, Phaedra ended up with Addison’s. I was really devastated by it initially. She almost died several times until the vet realized that’s what was going on.

We’ve had it under control for quite a while now, but it’s still scary. She has to have a $150 DOCP every six weeks to remain healthy. She also takes a very low dose of prednisone (a steroid) every other day.

While I knew this was a VERY remote possibility if we got a poodle, I naively assumed that it wouldn’t happen to us. Phaedra didn’t get sick until she was 2.5 years old.

Arg, I’ve rambled. So be it.

In short, why a Standard Poodle? I wanted a smart, large, easy to train, hypoallergenic dog that would love me and be there for me. That’s what I’ve got.

Are standard poodles for everyone? Definitely not! There’s a lot that goes into their care. The grooming costs for a Standard are significant. I pay $80-$120 depending on where I take her (or if they come here) every 6 to 8 weeks.  Yes, I’ve tried grooming her. I can’t ever get her feet ‘neat’ the way I like it and it drives me crazy. Some people don’t like larger dogs. Some people don’t want smart dogs, because that means if they get bored, they WILL go looking for something to get into.

But if a standard poodle fits your needs? They’re awesome. They’re loyal. They’ll offer you unconditional love and the occasional laugh. They’ll motivate you to play with them.

Standard Poodles are definitely my perfect fit!

So tell me, why did you choose your pet? What makes your pet the perfect fit for you?