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exercise just moving around the house. Standards are not quite so active indoors however, and so need to be taken out more often, and really should have access to at least a small yard. Being large dogs, Standards will need regular walks on the lead as well as some time off the lead to get sufficient exercise to remain fit and healthy. You should be careful around water if your Poodle is carrying a long coat, as it will become very heavy when wet, and drowning can be a real possibility.

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are clubs to join that specialise in field-trial events that focus on their historical skills. All Poodle varieties are generally happy, lively dogs with great individual charm and character, but will lose their ‘spark’ if left alone too often. They are definitely people oriented dogs and will be happiest in the company of their human family , well as a home-based and will do predominantly

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athleticism and intelligence also allows them to enjoy and excel at certain club-based activities such as obedience and agility.

Many people suffer from allergies these days, and dog hair is one of the culprits. Fortunately, the Poodles non- shedding, low allergenic coat

‘Benson’ and owner Teri Carter For owners who enjoy an active lifestyle, there

allows many dog lovers, afflicted by allergies, to enjoy

are clubs to join that specialise in field-trial events that focus on their historical skills.

the many pleasures that having a dog in your life can bring.

Photo - Chip Laughton

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also be one that has the time and inclination for regular grooming. A Poodle’s coat grows continuously, and so needs clipping regularly to keep it a manageable length, brushing often to prevent matting, and attention paid to its ears, teeth and feet to keep them in good condition. Poodles also make excellent dogs for people who enjoy the excitement of the show ring, as they are one of the more time-consuming and exacting breeds to prepare for such events.

These days, apart from being predominantly companion dogs, Poodles can also be

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