From the desk of Sharda Baker.
Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Hi and welcome everyone!
This is Sharda with your Poodle newsletter.
Today,I want to discuss the adult Toy Poodle and some of the common concerns and questions that most owners will have as their dogs begin to get a little older.
There is plenty of information in this newsletter and I will break it down for you as best as I can, looking at three specific sections – adoption, grooming and health.
Let’s start shall we?
ADULT TOY POODLE ADOPTION
Taking the process of adoption first, adult Toy Poodles are not usually talked about in these terms because many individuals just adopt the puppies.
However, more and more adult Toy Poodles are being abandoned or rehomed for a number of reasons. As such, you may want to consider adopting older members of the breed.
They can be excellent pets and many will have already been trained. However, it is not advisable that they are around children to begin with because a few may turn as a result of experiences in their past.
Being wary is always a good idea but adult Toy Poodles can really thrive with a lot of love and patience.
ADULT TOY POODLE GROOMING
Poodle grooming is one of the areas that many individual dog owners look at a problematic as a direct result of the fact that Poodles do need a lot of care.
Their dense, barely shedding coats need daily brushing, weekly bathing and a clip at least once every six to eight weeks. If you do not have the skills to be able to clip a Poodle then you can ask professionals to do it for you.
This is actually an excellent idea because many will actually allow you to watch so you can get an idea of how to do it yourself.
After all, you should only attempt to clip an adult Toy Poodle when you are confident enough to be able to do it.
If you feel a little shaky then he or she will pick up on it. The brushing and bathing should become part of a routine so you and your Poodle knows exactly what to expect.
Common and effective techniques can easily be found online to help you to find a way that works for you.
ADULT TOY POODLE HEALTH
Adult Toy Poodles commonly live to approximately 14 to 15 years old although if they are in good health then there is no reason why they cannot live until almost 20. However, there are plenty of illnesses that you need to look out for.
In Toy Poodles, kidney disease is one of the main causes of death and bloat can also cause a lot of discomfort and damage.
As such, you may want to make sure that you are aware of changes in your Poodle, including lethargy, vomiting, reduced or increased drinking and general irritability.
All are common signs that there is something wrong with your adult Toy Poodle.
I hope that this has given you a little confidence and knowledge as far as all three of these areas about adult Toy Poodles are concerned.
Knowledge is power and if you can pick up an idea of what to be aware of and look for.
It should help to put your mind at rest if you do consider Poodle adoption and find that you have an adult dog to look after.
All the best and take care