There are certain personality quirks that in some cases make this dog fall off the top contender list, but in most situations this is a great dog to have as a forever companion. This article is all about do poodles make good pets and I will explore the toy, miniature and standard.
In short, poodles absolutely can make great pets! These curly hair canines are by far one of the most popular dogs to have as pets, and there are several reasons why. It is probably important to note that they are known for being excellent family dogs too.
- Poodles are very friendly
- They are high-energy
- Poodles are very loving
- This breed is super loyal
- They are intelligent
- They are drop-dead gorgeous, or super cute (many times both)
- Poodles curly coats are hypoallergenic
- They are great with children
- Poodles make great therapy dogs
- They are cat approved
As we unpack this breed and explore each one (the miniature, standard and teacup), it is probably a good idea for us to jump right in and tackle a few of the big white elephant concerns all soon-to-be new poodle parents might be having.
Lets just address each possible challenge you’ll have if you decide to take the poodle plunge so you can plan accordingly if there is any merit to these specific characteristics.
I had a miniature poodle as a child, who lived with us until her passing when I was 15 years old. I can say unequivocally, she was a great dog!
Tabitha was very sweet, loyal and followed me around everywhere. My sister trained her to do all types of tricks (basic sit, stay, shake and roll-over) It was easy for Tabitha to comprehend. She was a bright, curly-head little bundle of love.
There are a few things that may make some people feel poodles are high-maintenance. High-maintenance is obviously subjective so each person needs to decide if these characteristics make them a poor candidate as a pet.
Let’s review these real quick so you can decide if this is not your forever pooch and be on your merry way.
I am also going to give my personal experience for your reference.
Are poodles high-maintenance dogs?
In short, poodles can be high-maintenance dogs. Poodles are known to be moderate to high barkers. They also have more hair in their ears than other breeds which need to be cleaned and plucked regularly to avoid infections. Poodles also need regular grooming and brushing to keep those lovely curls manageable.
As someone who grew up with a poodle, I can confirm that ears are time consuming and do need to be managed. Without proper plucking and cleaning regularly, they can become infected. Since it can be a little tricky to clean a dog’s ears, this task usually falls to the parents of a household. Be sure you understand this ahead of time and you will be fine.
If the above are characteristics that might be too time consuming or annoying for you, the poodle might not be your best choice in a pet.
Also consider if you have neighbors who might be especially disturbed by barking from time to time.
So now that we have reviewed some of the possible challenges the poodle can bring, let’s review the answers to our original topic; do poodles make good pets?
Do poodles make good pets?
Here are 10 ways poodles make great pets.
Poodles are super friendly. Imagine coming home from work with that adorable curly tail wagging fast to greet you every single day. Your poodle will be happy to see you all the time, even when you don’t go anywhere!
If poodles were people, you would want this breed in your friend group. A poodle would be your friend who was always up for trying something new, who had the energy to go do things with you at any moment and who loves a new adventure.
Poodles love their owners very much. So much so they will be happy when you are happy, and sad if you are sad. A poodle will want to comfort you on your bad days and help you celebrate the good ones.
Poodles tend to pick one person out of an entire household as his favorite. He will stay loyal to that person, and follow him around all the time.
A poodle’s bark might be triggered if he feels his owner is threatened or in danger.
Poodles are very smart! They are the Albert Einstein of breeds.
A poodle will be lots of fun to train interesting tricks and will love to be pushed to her full potential.
Poodles are intelligent and want to be challenged.
Toy poodles and miniature poodles are so cute you can barely catch your breath when you see one.
Toy poodles look like little teddy bears!
Miniature poodles are equally as cute, and can even be bigger than a toy.
Standard poodles are majestic. They have stature and are handsome.
These dogs make great pets for folks with allergies! They are hypoallergenic. This is a huge bonus for a dog breed.
Many people don’t think about allergies before they bring a new dog or cat home, just to find out they are insanely allergic to their new furry best friend. How heartbreaking! This will not happen with a poodle.
Allergy-free zone, what a relief!
Poodles make wonderful family pets because they get along so well with children. Their high-energy and friendliness are perfect for a family with kids.
Families with yards are also a bonus for the poodle and kids! They can play together for hours on end.
Their sensitivity make them wonderful therapy dogs, especially the standard poodles. They are intuitive, smart and caring. Exactly what a service dog and therapy dog should be.
Poodles have a reputation of getting along with cats, and not just tolerating them. Most of the time, poodles love cats.
Growing up with our family poodle was great. She was everything listed above. She loved to play, cuddle and was taught tricks easily. Tabitha loved to learn, she wanted to be pushed to her intellectual potential.
Additionally she was a moderate barker and a bit skittish sometimes. This was not an issue as where we lived, many dogs barked from time to time. It might be something to consider if you live in an apartment building or condo.
Her ears did need to be cleaned and plucked regularly which she did not like. It made them itch quite a bit so we had ear drops from the Vet she needed to take daily.
Just like any dog, caring for a pet takes time and patience. If we are willing to soak up their snuggles, expect their unconditional love and be provided countless hours of entertainment then we need to step up and be good care-givers. A poodle will give the right forever home a forever friend.
Lisa is the owner of Kritter Kommunity and the inventor of the @KritterKondo cat enclosure. She is owned by her mischievous and adorable kitty cat, Finnegan. He has his own Facebook too.