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Old 02-10-2008, 02:42 PM   #29
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Lot to be said for the standard female poodle. Very smart and will quickly train you. Their bark can sound like a much larger dog and they only bark when they they think you need to be alerted or to frighten something away. Since they don't shed they do require trimming every several months but you can easily do this at home. If you walk them around your property perimeter a few times they quickly learn the boundary and will stay within it.
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Old 02-10-2008, 06:08 PM   #30
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You are so right about the Standard Poodle as far as protection goes. Be it male or female, they are the most intelligent animals I have ever owned, and very protective. However, I have shown Standards and bred Standards for about 20 years, and have yet to find one that just needs trimming every few months. They really take a lot of grooming and care. If you can pay to have them cut down every 4 to 6 weeks, then they are the greatest dog to have. If you want to do the trimming yourself, which I am expert at doing, then you will have to invest in some pricey equipment. They don't shed, but they need at least their face, feet and belly clipped to keep them in good shape. They also need attention paid to their ears to keep them healthy as they have heavy ear leather that keeps air from circulating. I love the Standards, but I never try to talk a novice into getting one. You see very few Standards in the general public and there is good reason for that. HAIR CARE
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Found a good one!

Wow, thank you all for such great info! I agree about Standard poodles--our neighbor across the street had one when I was younger and it was a VERY smart and loyal dog.

I decided to give the BM a pass--he was a beautiful animal that looked like he could do anything he wanted, but he was SO work-focused he would have gone insane at our house. The good thing is, the people who were kenneling him for the trainer really wanted him and were working to come up with the money for him, so he will be in a good home.

jacarape, thanks so much for your info and beautiful pictures! It sounds like you are in an incredible situation. Enjoy every minute of it!

I went to Petco last weekend and they had the rescue dogs there. I had to stop to see who they brought, and they had the perfect dog. She is a Great Pyrenees/Lab mix and I had not paid attention to her on their Web site since I thought she would be a lot bigger than she actually is. She's the same height as Shadow, but about 10 lbs heavier (fed well at her foster home, but we're slowly working on that). She is about 1 to 2 years old and was rescued from the Little Rock shelter in December. She and Shadow get along very well, and she is definitely alert to anything going on around the yard, and barks to let me know.

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She is calm, sweet, wags her tail when she sees you and is a good, steady dog. The antithesis of Shadow (Mr. Boisterous)! Her name is Sadie.

Thank you all again for the great help and information as we tried to find the right dog. This one looks wonderful, and she will have a good forever home with us.

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Nicely done Susan.

Now Shadow won't have to bark at intruders since Sadie will likely be all over the place barking her head off. Good thing you didn't give us shadow eh?

Tell Brad safe travels for us.

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Old 02-10-2008, 07:55 PM   #33
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Oh, no, Steve, Shadow still has to find a new home. Brad is very adamant about one dog only, and I respect that. Poor fellow didn't know what he was in for when he met up with me! But two cats, a dog, a mule and a donkey is (rightfully) plenty enough for him!

Anyone want a Lab mix who won't bark at people but LOVES to play? He needs a home with at least one other dog or some serious stimulation.

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Great looking and happy dog but looks like she has already got in the dog house.
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You are so right about the Standard Poodle as far as protection goes. Be it male or female, they are the most intelligent animals I have ever owned, and very protective. However, I have shown Standards and bred Standards for about 20 years, and have yet to find one that just needs trimming every few months. They really take a lot of grooming and care. If you can pay to have them cut down every 4 to 6 weeks, then they are the greatest dog to have. If you want to do the trimming yourself, which I am expert at doing, then you will have to invest in some pricey equipment. They don't shed, but they need at least their face, feet and belly clipped to keep them in good shape. They also need attention paid to their ears to keep them healthy as they have heavy ear leather that keeps air from circulating. I love the Standards, but I never try to talk a novice into getting one. You see very few Standards in the general public and there is good reason for that. HAIR CARE
Beg to differ. Have had poodles for more than 40 years. As you have a show mentality (and we have a few friends that show) I understand your preference for that type of grooming but it's not a requirement for a healthy dog. We do a modified kennel clip with regular bathing. We use a Andis Pro clipper that cost $79 and I don't consider that pricey. Most dog's with long ears require attention so that's not an issue. Through many years we have introduced poodles to "novices" and have been thanked profusely. Here's a pict of our girls after two months since the last clip.
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