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About the Author …..……………………………

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Acknowledgements ……………………………

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Photo Acknowledgements ………...…………

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Introduction ....................................................... 9

History of the Poodle …...................................

10

Description of the Breed ……………………… 13

Physical Appearance Coat Size Life Expectancy Temperament / Personality Compatibility with other Pets and Children

Breed Standards …………………………….… 23

Kennel Club Recognition Breed Clubs

The Ideal Poodle Owner ……………….......... 29

Assessing Your Own Situation One Dog or Two Living with a Poodle Training Requirements Play Understanding your Poodle’s Wolf Ancestry

Popular Crosses of the Poodle ……………..42

Where to Find Your Poodle ………………….... 46

Buying a Poodle from a Pet Shop Pre-owned and Rescued Poodles Buying a Poodle from a Registered Breeder

Selecting a Healthy Poodle Puppy ……….…

53

What should you expect from a Supplier? Veterinary Certification Available Health Screening Visual Examination

Bringing Your Puppy Home ………………….. 66

Preparing For Your New Puppy The First Days Diets and Feeding Regime Toilet Training Lead Training Keeping Your Puppy Safe

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Introducing an Adult Dog to Your Home …. 83

Meeting Other Family Members Establishing a Routine Adopting an Older Dog

Diets …………………………………………….

88

Fresh Foods Commercial Diets Special Needs

Keeping Your Poodle Healthy ……………… 98

Visual Examination Vaccinations Endoparasites & Ectoparasites Teeth and Nails Grooming Obesity Protection from Heat Anal Glands Sterilisation Exercise

Common Canine Health Issues …………. 137

Arthritis Diabetes Cataracts Cancer Heart Disease

Poodle Health Issues ……………………..…. 149

Genetic Disease Higher Incidence Disorders Lower Incidence Disorders

Your Responsibilities as a Dog Owner …… 161

Basic Training and Obedience Being a Good Neighbour Respecting Wildlife Irresponsible Practices Old Age and Your Dog

Resources …………………………………..… 171

General Resources (including National Kennel Councils and links to Breed Standards) Health Resources (including Disease Testing & Information Organisations)

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