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post #1 of 21 Old 06-09-2019, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
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New dog and other things

Well, there is a new member to my little family of pets. His name is Prince Peat (yes, spelled like the moss). He is a two year old black standard poodle (supposedly) and his akc papers came with him.
Meet Prince Peat


My old girl Miss Kitty has been diagnosed with DM and her spinal cord is slowly degenerating. Apparently it is not a painful disease but in time she will be losing her ability to get around. I wanted to get another dog established with Anza. I was thinking of another standard puppy but was dreading the idea of another puppy. I would need help raising it as I have to be at work and my schedule can be erratic at times. With Anza, I had my niece here to help me with her but she has since moved out and on to her own life.

Well, I had told a couple of friends that I was thinking of a new dog and one of them knew a friend that was looking for a home for this guy. The woman had only had him for two months but her female golden retriever hates him. The boy is still intact and I think that her intentions for him was for breeding. Honestly, if I were going to breed, I would not use him but to each his own I guess. Anyway, I took him on.

He is so much of a love but as usual there is stuff. He's hard headed, not an usual standard poodle trait. I'm not sure if that is the way he is or just not trained extensively. He knows sit and shake and that's about it. I'm used to my girls who think quick as lightening and super responsive. The more that I look at him and the more that I interact with him, I wouldn't be surprised if there is lab in there somewhere in the background. His eyes, ears, and chest shape are telling me that there is something else in him but I could be wrong. He could just be a very pet quality standard. Anyway, he is here and he's a super love so I think he is a keeper. And the big bonus.... he's housebroken and doesn't shred things.
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post #2 of 21 Old 06-09-2019, 11:44 AM
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Handsome boy! Love him. My Aussie girl is going on 16 and has arthritis that as the vet says "has et up her hinds". We have her on adequan which has worked wonders but is only a temporary solution . Beside the point. Several I know have gone to standard poodles or poodle mixes that bring back very fond memories of the one I grew up with. Such lovely dogs and smart, smart, smart. Good luck and best wishes to you and your new friend! I hope things work out. It is always nice when the bonus of being housebroken and past the chewing stage happens. This has me looking forward instead of dwelling. Thank you for that.
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post #3 of 21 Old 06-09-2019, 12:06 PM Thread Starter
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@QtrBel My very first standard was given to me as a birthday present from a very close friend. about 20 years ago. She was a 12 week old blk pup and I named her Pooka after the rare black puka shells. She ate so much that she was like a black hole. Puka is Hawaiian for hole.

Anyway, I just thought "A poodle?" "I don't even like to mess with my own hair!!". I was among those people who thought poodles were foo foo dogs. She turned out to be the best dog that I have ever had. And she was gorgeous. She was glossy and pitch black. She was like an 80's long hair rock star. Full of character, fun, and smart as a whip. She was the last remaining pup of the litter that the breeder was thinking of keeping for herself and then decided to sell anyway. Since her, I just fell in love with the breed.

Unfortunately, degenerative myelopathy has no cure. I will try to keep the girl as active as I can until she can't do it anymore. I certainly won't go as far as some people do to keep her alive though. It's progressive and some people let it progress a little too far in my opinion.

I'm sorry to hear about your Aussie. I guess it's just life and unfortunately they don't ever live long enough for me.
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post #4 of 21 Old 06-09-2019, 12:10 PM
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@QtrBel My very first standard was given to me as a birthday present from a very close friend. about 20 years ago. She was a 12 week old blk pup and I named her Pooka after the rare black puka shells. She ate so much that she was like a black hole. Puka is Hawaiian for hole.

Anyway, I just thought "A poodle?" "I don't even like to mess with my own hair!!". I was among those people who thought poodles were foo foo dogs. She turned out to be the best dog that I have ever had. And she was gorgeous. She was glossy and pitch black. She was like an 80's long hair rock star. Full of character, fun, and smart as a whip. She was the last remaining pup of the litter that the breeder was thinking of keeping for herself and then decided to sell anyway. Since her, I just fell in love with the breed.
My grandmother has a standard poodle and he's the funniest dog ever. He's not a "sissy" either, he'd be real scary if someone came home late and disturbed him.

Also, when you said Pooka I thought you were talking about the trickster creature from Irish folklore...
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post #5 of 21 Old 06-09-2019, 12:12 PM Thread Starter
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I've never heard of the trickster of Irish folklore but she was a trickster as well and it would have been fitting.

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post #6 of 21 Old 06-09-2019, 12:12 PM
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He looks all Standard to me. Standards have a more "big dog" personality than the other sizes (because duh they are big dogs). They were the original working retriever from which the others were developed. That said, the ones that I've known have been somewhat temperamental, although hellish clever. But as with any animal, go with what is in front of you, not your expectations.

I have three Aussies of working lines and you would think they were three different breeds of dog. I've got a gnarly old ranch dog, a socially graceful charming old-fashioned collie dog, and a weird little obsessive speedster. My expectations have had to be tossed in the trash over and over.

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post #7 of 21 Old 06-09-2019, 12:19 PM Thread Starter
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@Avna With this boy I am certainly going to have to throw the expectations in the garbage. Mentally, he's just a lot slower than my girls. As I've only had him for a few days, I have to learn if he is a bit stubborn, just a bit slow, or if it's just things that he doesn't know about yet. Either way, he's is a sweet dog and he is growing on me.

The big bonuses are no housebreaking involved, no shredding stuff, and he doesn't mess with the house cat other than a casual sniff.

Anza was a little put off at first and making sure that he knew that I was HER mom but he's growing on her to. I take the dogs to the farm with me and they are having a blast running and playing. Finally Miss Kitty, my old girl, gets break. She likes to hang out with me anyway.
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The things that are wrong about him for the breed that he represents are He is slightly flat footed, he's sickle hocked, his eyes are set too far apart, and he lacks refinement. There is something about his front end in the neck and chest area that is NOT typical poodle. A little bit thick in the throat latch too. He's a bit dopey (but that's kind of endearing). The things that are great on him is that he is perfectly square and he has a gorgeous coat for a poodle. Tight, tight, dense curls with very loose skin.

He still has his jewels so maybe when they come off he will be a bit less distracted. Not sure if that will change anything. At least there will be less of a chance that he will want to dig out of the yard or hop the fence though.
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You know...papers or not...
Labradoodles are a highly sought after breed cross.
Seeing eye dogs, therapy dogs, hunting dogs...few things they can't do and do well.
Level headed, want to please animals...some are wicked smart, some not quite...but all that I've come across have a incredible personality.

You might have that cross in front of you and not actual papers of a "pure" poodle...
He's beautiful regardless...enjoy!!
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You know...papers or not...
Labradoodles are a highly sought after breed cross.
Seeing eye dogs, therapy dogs, hunting dogs...few things they can't do and do well.
Level headed, want to please animals...some are wicked smart, some not quite...but all that I've come across have a incredible personality.

You might have that cross in front of you and not actual papers of a "pure" poodle...
He's beautiful regardless...enjoy!!
...
He's got the papers that say standard poodle but I have a sneaky suspicion that something else was dropped in there maybe a couple of generations back. A few things about his conformation and his demeaner say something to me other than pure poodle. It's like he's mostly poodle but not quite all the way. Anyway, I don't care about the papers as he is not going to be a breeding dog. And he's a good boy none the less. Just different than what I was expecting. So, I just change my expectations is all.

Editing to say that I would probably leave him intact but I don't want him to start wanting to wander. My last boy i left intact with no issues but that was him and I trained him from a pup. Just totally different. I'm kind of glad that he is still intact as studies are finding that growth should probably be finished before neutering. Especially in the boys and especially in larger breeds.

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