What are some pros and cons of owning a poodle dog?

Winter: What are the pros and cons of owning a poodle?
Pros and cons? Which size poodle do you think is best, and why? Also, can they be left at home for 5-6 hours 5 days a week?
Standard ansd Miniature Poodles
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Answer by BYBs and Crazies rule DS
They are incredibly intelligent high energy dogs that require lots of consistent training and work/exercise. They have high grooming upkeep with regular cuts, baths, and trims. http://www.poodleclubofamerica.org is where you would start your search for a breeder or rescue group.

Are you an adult that your set working schedule is 5-6 hours 5 days a week? And you will stay in this schedule, or less, for the next 10-15 years? If so, then it's fine, assuming you take a month or so off to housebreak the puppy and set up basic training.

If you are a child that's in school, then it's up to your parents. If they won't be around to care for the dog once you are off to college, get too busy, join a sport, get a significant other, or just get tired of the dog, then you can't get ANY dog. Wait until you are out of college and working a regular job - THEN see what you can handle and have time for.

I have friends with a Standard Poodle. They admit they never should have gotten the dog. Well bred, properly tempered, but they simply don't have the time to put into the dog, so she's been raised by doggie daycare. They don't have time to train, so the dog was sent off to "training camp", came home, and immediately stopped doing all the training she learned because the owners didn't keep it up. The dog is absolutely out of control because they don't put the time in.
All that said, I love Standard Poodles as a breed. For the owner that has the time, they are amazing gorgeous dogs.
Minis and Toys are cute, but they can be too smart for their own good and often don't get the training or exercise that they need. Because they are small, owners tend to think that biting and barking is cute. I can't tell you how many fat toy poodles I see because the owners don't provide proper stimulation for the dog.

ALL breeds shed. NO breed is hypoallergenic. A study found that idiots who were sold "hypoallergenic" dogs actually had the same or MORE dog related allergens in their homes than counterparts with "allergenic" breeds. Don't buy into that marketing ploy.

Answer by H
The pro's are: Poodles are very intelligent and easily trained. They have good dispositions. They don't shed and are considered as hypoallergenic. They are wonderful dogs.
Cons: You have to brush them every single day or they will get matted.They require grooming every 6-8 weeks. They are high energy so you need to exercise them a lot. That's all I have for Cons. They are great dogs.

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  1. Shelly says

    I've owned my 4.5 lb toy poodle for 4 years now and so far haven't found any cons...aside for having to be groomed frequently, but I do my own grooming so that isn't a problem for me. You do have to brush them often though so they dont get matted. The larger the dog the more it costs to own (grooming, feed, medication if needed ect). They don't get that "doggy" smell and are very, very clean. He stays home alone for 6-8 hrs a day a couple times a week and he does fine. He picked up potty training in a few days, and learned his name in a couple hours. He was by far the easiest dog to train.

    My little dog goes hiking, biking, swimming, long walks ect with me. He is a 50lb dog in a tiny package. He gets along with everyone and everything and I'm able to travel with him and bring him pretty much everywhere with me.

    Here's my little guy

    They are truly a great breed...you wont be disappointed.

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