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By jackieruddock, Feb 1 2015 03:48PM

At the age of sixteen, working as an apprentice in a grooming parlour, I first fell in love with Standard Poodles. Having grown up with the no-nonsense Labrador, I was totally captivated by the, to me, exotic, exuberant, larger than life Standard Poodle.


I begged and pleaded with my parents to have one but the answer was always 'when you have your own house!' So, four years later, having married and moved into our first home an eighteen month old Standard Poodle called Murphy joined us. He was huge, more pony than poodle but such a sweet boy. A larger than life personality, his greatest pleasure was to cause maximum embarrassment to us, which he managed on a fairly regular basis!


That was twenty eight years ago and in those twenty eight years I have had many breeds, German Shepherd, Schnauzers, Collie x, Berger De Pichard, Golden Retriever and Goldendoodles (of course!) but the one constant has always been a Standard Poodle.


It's interesting that even prospective Doodle owners can be very anti-poodle. I regularly hear 'We want one that doesn't shedd,but isn't too poodley!' Bizarre, when you consider that all the combinations of Doodles that are bred now,contain 50% poodle in the first generation.


I am convinced that most people's bias is towards the haircut rather than the breed itself.

I personally, love to see a well-muscled Standard Poodle in a lion clip (with poms and a shaved bottom!!), but it's all a matter of taste.


To prove a point, Chilli, my current Standard, is trimmed like a Doodle. I regularly get chatting to other dog walkers when out and about with my gang and they all assume that she is a Doodle. I have been asked whether she's a labradoodle,Goldendoodle or Cockapoo. One particular lady made me smile. Whilst cuddling Chilli she proceeded to tell me how much she disliked poodles and how she was going to get a gorgeous Doodle just like this one!

I have even been approached by other poodle owners asking what breed she is.


Poodles come in three sizes, Toy, Miniature and Standard. They come in a variety of colours and are non-shedding. Their coats are fairly high maintenance, requiring regular trimming.........but then so do Doodles! They make great family companions. All of mine have been better retrievers than my Retrievers. They are very intelligent and with today's methods of positive reward training can excell in any dog sport.


So please remember............you may love Goldendoodles but they would not be here without a poodle!!



By jackieruddock, Jan 17 2015 11:26AM

Welcome to my blog and I hope that my 'musings' on dogs and life in general will be of interest and entertainment to you!


A couple of recent calls from prospective Goldendoodle owners has prompted me to share my view on dog allergies.


Allergies are very personal and not always based on the amount of hair shed (first-cross Goldendoodles DO shed, no where near as much as a Golden Retriever). Dander and saliva are often the cause of allergies and are present in all dogs!


I have a miniature Labradoodle client that comes to me for grooming. He has a wiry coat that shed profusely (on par with a labrador). He lives with a child with fairly severe allergies and causes no reaction whatsoever.


There is a myth that Goldendoodles are hypo-allergenic - this is purely myth. For some allergy sufferers; yes, they may be suitable but not all. Goldendoodle pups, as they mature, go through many coat changes until they develop their adult coat, at around eighteen months of age, possibly even older. Hence the soft puppy coat may not affect an allergy sufferer but the slightly coarse, wavy, adolescent coat may, or vice versa.


My very first litter of Goldendoodles, one pup went to a lady with allergies. For weeks she suffered itchy eyes, sneezing etc. but was so determined to keep her beloved Goldendoodle pup that she gritted her teeth and 'rode' it out. Now, whether it was changing coat or her body desensitizing we will never know, but that dog lived with her for eleven happy years and the itchy eyes, sneezing etc. completely stopped.


About five years ago I sold a pup to a family where mum and daughter both had allergies. They had had their grandfather's German Shepherd cross living with them for six months and this dog had caused no reaction to either Mum or daughter. To cut a long story short, I took the puppy back because the daughter was having sever asthma attacks. These were triggered presumably by her allergy to the puppy. This was a heart-breaking situation - many tears from all concerned.


My advice now to anyone with an allergy is to have a Poodle. They have predictable coats, completely non-shedding and can be trimmed to look just like a Doodle. They are available in three predictable sizes - unlike Goldendoodles (being a cross breed, size is very difficult to predict). Poodles are super, super dogs but that is a subject for my next blog post; The Much Maligned Poodle.


Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts using the comment section below.


Jackie