Should You Get a Standard Poodle? Do you want a dog that’s a mind reader?


– Hey friends, it’s Courtney. Welcome back to my channel, Phyrra, where we talk about all
things cruelty-free beauty, gothic fashion, and lifestyle. (laughing) Today’s video is gonna be,
Should You Get a Standard Poodle? And this is Nyx right here giving me love, telling you of course you
need a Standard Poodle. Look how adorable she is. (laughing) So, Standard Poodles are amazing dogs, but are they the right dog for you? This video today will
answer that question. So, Standard Poodles like Nyx right here are amazingly talented and gifted dogs at reading body language. They are very intelligent and
make wonderful companions. They’re great working dogs. They basically excel at all the things, especially where body
language is concerned. They make wonderful,
wonderful service animals, but they got some drawbacks. So, for us to have dogs, we had to find a hypoallergenic dog breed that didn’t bother their allergies, and we also had other requirements aside from just hypoallergenic for dogs. I wanted a dog that was easy to train, and that was really smart,
and that didn’t shed, and Standard Poodles fit that bill, because they’re
hypoallergenic in the sense that they don’t have fur, they have hair. So, their hair will keep growing just like the hair on our heads, and they have far less of the dander that other animals have, because they’re not constantly shedding, so it doesn’t get into the air. I know, I know, Nyx. And they’re incredibly spoiled. Standard Poodles are very affectionate as you can probably tell by the dog laying in my lap right now, just melting her back into me. I definitely would describe
my poodles as Velcro dogs, because they wanna be wherever I am, doesn’t matter what I’m doing. I could be in the bathroom, and they wanna be in there with me. I haven’t gone to the
bathroom alone in 10 years. (chuckling) So, you know, the dogs are always there. Ray and Dave like to
joke that Nyx and Phaedra are my entourage. I prefer minions, or partners in crime, but they do follow me from room to room. If you are not somebody who
wants a dog around all the time for companionship, you may
not want a Standard Poodle, because these dogs really
thrive with people. This is not a dog that you get to buy, and just leave in your yard. In fact, in my opinion, you should never do that with any dog. Standard Poodles are basically,
because they’re so smart, if you leave them alone,
and they get bored, they can be destructive. They can rip up walls,
chew holes in walls, chew holes in fences,
dig holes under a fence. Like, I mean, these dogs will do that. They get bored, they’re very tenacious. They’ll just start doin’ stuff like that. When Phaedra was a puppy,
she started trying to like, dig a hole all the way
to China in my backyard, and I was like, oh, that’s not
good, can’t let that happen. So, I could never let her out in the yard unsupervised as a puppy, because she just wanted to
immediately go to that spot, and start digging. These are not dogs you
just kinda leave around. So, Standard Poodles, as I mentioned, are extremely intelligent. That usually makes them easy to train, because they are usually people pleasers. With both Phaedra and Nyx,
I did clicker training, a clicker to capture
the positive behavior, and you feed them a treat. And so, they respond really well to that. So, in general, Standard Poodles are gonna be a medium large dog breed, and that means they’re
gonna be between probably 40 and 90 pounds on average. My girls are on the small side
and they’re around 50 pounds. So, they’re not that big,
they’re not that small. I think they’re perfect for me. I know that you can get some
large male Standard Poodles that are really closer to
that 90 or 100 pound mark, and the reason I personally
would not try to find an extra large dog of any sort is that extra large animals
and extra small animals have extra health issues. So, it’s better to find
your pet in the middle. So, Standard Poodles are
good with other dogs, they’re usually good with cats, and they’re usually good with kids. Phaedra is absolutely
great with other dogs. She is hyper focused on cats. Like, I always am scared
when she’s around a cat. She was fine with my Quasar, but Quasar died within the first two years of her being alive, so she didn’t really
get a lot of cat time. Nyx on the other hand, really couldn’t care about cats at all. Like, she’ll see them, and if they don’t wanna play with her, she just ignores them. She’s really good with kids. She’s had my brother’s kids to play with. So, let’s go through the positives again. Very smart, easy to train, don’t shed, excellent at reading body
language, sweet personalities, excel at pretty much
any job you give them, those are a lot of great things, but what about the drawbacks? So, number one is probably
gonna be grooming. I personally don’t mind
the grooming aspect, but a lot of people do. I have a mobile groomer who comes to my house every
four weeks on a schedule to groom my girls. People always wanna know what that costs. That’s like $208 total. That includes 20% gratuity. So, I basically pay for the
dog, and I tip 20% for each dog, and I find that very reasonable
for both of my girls. I have tried grooming them
myself on and off over the years. I tried grooming Phaedra
myself on and off. I gave up, because no matter what I did, I couldn’t make her look pretty. I am terrible with the scissor work to try to get it perfectly
rounded, and I just gave up. So, I’d rather pay a groomer to do that. But if you’re more talented
than I am at cutting hair, or grooming dogs, you can groom
these dogs with no problem. So, number one is the grooming. Number two would be poodles do have significant health risks, and the number one risk, in my opinion, is Addison’s disease, which Phaedra has. Now, you’re supposed to
be able to avoid that, by going to a reputable breeder. With Phaedra, I went
to a reputable breeder, there was all of the testing that was supposed to be
done with the health, nothing showed up, and yet, she still ended up having Addison’s. So, that was very
surprising, to say the least. And it’s not an inexpensive
thing to take care of. So, for Phaedra, I take her
to the vet every six weeks. She gets a DOCP shot for
her Addison’s disease. It’s $165. She also takes compound estrogen pills, and prednisone, which is a steroid. So, she has to have a lot of pills to lead a long, happy life, but she’s had a long, happy life, ’cause she’s about to turn 12, and she’s still going, still
very energetic like a puppy. So, in addition to health
concerns like Addison’s disease, there’s also Cushing’s disease,
there’s a risk of bloat. Bloat is probably the most dangerous. Thankfully, I have never seen it, but if you have a dog
that goes into bloat, I believe you have to
rush them to the vet, or they could die. I also need to talk about
their energy requirements. So, these are a medium to high
energy dog, and for Phaedra, Phaedra’s been pretty low
energy in comparison to Nyx. But only in comparison to Nyx, ’cause she’s still pretty high energy. So, if I take the girls
on like, an hour walk, that’s usually enough for Phaedra now, ’cause she’s in her old age, but Nyx still needs an additional three or four play sessions a day. She’s very high energy. It’s gonna just vary
by their personalities. So, a Standard Poodle may
not be a good choice for you if you don’t want a dog that you’re gonna have
to groom on a schedule, you don’t want a dog that
you’re gonna have to walk one to two hours a day, or play with, and that’s highly intelligent, so you’re gonna have to
make sure it’s never bored. Those are probably the three
drawbacks to a Standard Poodle. However, for me, because I work from home, they are the perfect companion dogs. They are always by my side, they really help with my
anxiety, and help me keep calm. Anytime I get upset or
have a panic attack, Nyx is right by my side,
trying to make sure I’m okay, and like, cuddling up against me, and trying to help me calm down. So, yeah, they’re great dogs. They make excellent therapy dogs. I love them to bits. If a high energy, intelligent dog doesn’t sound like a lot of fun for you, skip a Standard Poodle. If you’re looking for somebody
who’s gonna encourage you to get into shape, and
be a great companion, and watch scary movies with you, the Standard Poodle is it. So, anyway, I hope you
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53 thoughts on “Should You Get a Standard Poodle? Do you want a dog that’s a mind reader?

  • Love seeing Phaedra and Nyx always <3 They really sound like they have a lot of the same (or similar) traits as corgis! Not the shedding part though…oof. We have so many lint rollers ha. I found videos like this really helpful when I was making sure I wanted a corgi (I had wanted one since I was 8 or so but it's much different when you are trying to seriously find a good breed match). I'm sure this will help some people who are still making up their minds. The part about keeping them entertained and challenged is so so important. My older corgi Bilbo is always eager to please and train, and though he's settling into adulthood well (he's almost 2) and is generally well-behaved and amazing, if I don't challenge him or have hard play sessions he can get into shenanigans. Minerva isn't as into that as he is, but she's still so young.
    Anyways, very informative! I think it's really important to mention the costs of things like grooming and potential health risks. I think a lot of times people thing that the investment stops at paying the breeder for pure bred dogs, when that is not the case.

  • I wanted a Standard, but couldn’t find a reputable breeder. I have a toy. She’s more like a child than a dog- she’s way too smart.

  • I always love seeing your dogs in your videos! I do prefer having a Velcro dog compared to one that's independent. I haven't been alone to the bathroom in years, either. lol My 10-month old Keeshond is my permanent shadow, and I don't mind it one bit. 🙂
    Dogs are such amazing creatures. They've been the best medicine for my depression. I take them to work with me a couple of days a week, and my coworkers ask me every day when I'm bringing them next.

  • There's also usually a breed specific rescue out there that needs people to foster if you want to try out a poodle 💜

  • I've always wanted a poodle but I have two rescue pugs right now & they don't like other dogs. So I just play with every poodle I see lol They're so cute!

  • Years ago, I had two toy poodles … wonderful dogs! Right now I have a now-senior German Shepherd, another very intelligent dog!
    I've had dogs and/or cats my whole life … so many beloved companions that I still miss to this day.💔💕💔💕
    Can't recall ever being alone in the bathroom, unless I deliberately close the door!

  • Hi Phaedra and Nyx!
    I love dogs! I’ve been a dog babysitter before when friends have gone out of town, and that was a great experience. I really enjoy going to the dog parks here in the Twin Cities with my pals that have dogs! I’ve always been more of a cat person with my lifestyle, and I love my dear sweet William Shakespeare, and I also love my neighbors’ dogs. I love all breeds, and often found mixed breeds can be great companions too (assuming one isn’t allergic). All dogs take commitment, in money, time, space, dedication…and they give so much love back to us. I really enjoy watching the documentaries about service dogs and dog behavior!
    Thank you for sharing your ladies with us!!!💙💙💙 🐩 🐩🐩

  • I have a jack russel she is very independent and although she loves company she chooses to spend time along in yard quite a bit.

  • My mom loves standard poodles, but for her next one, I'm getting a miniature. Her last one was very exuberant whenever she came home. He'd get the uncontrollably happy dog butt-wiggle, and at about 80 pounds, that nearly took her out at least once a week. Given that mom is in her 70s, I think a 25-pound poodle will be less of a fall risk and probably make for a more comfortable lap dog.

  • Phaedra and Nyx are such gorgeous dogs. I had similar requirements went deciding what kind of breed I wanted to go with especially as I had pretty bad dog allergies. In the end we went with a labradoodle who is perfect for us. Because she's not got 100% of that poodle hair (although she doesn't shed!) I still had to take antihestimines almost every day. Eventually I dropped them altogether as my immunity built up slowly over time. I would say that she definitely behaves more like a poodle than a Labrador too based on poodle traits!

  • So fitting I'm watching with my Standard poodle sitting on my feet! And well my mini is on my lap LOL. Of course I think everyone needs poodles, I love my girls 🙂 😍My Standard is 54 lbs. She gets groomed every 7 weeks and yes it's soooooo expensive. I would say that's the number 1 drawback. Before you get a poodle, make sure you can afford the grooming or be ready to do it yourself!

  • Great video. You and your dogs are lovely and gorgeous as always. I'm just going to add that the poodle breed is not good for low income people. Poodles cost alot to buy from a breeder and are also expensive to adopt. If they do develop a metabolic condition they may need to be fed a special diet. My poodle developed pancreatitis and he needed a low fat diet. I fed him the best kibble I could afford which was a brand called solid gold with a little bit of supplement of fresh fruit/ food that was ok for dogs to eat. My poodle still lived a good 15 years though. (He passed in February, he was with my ex, I didn't get to say goodbye 😢). But poodles are absolutely amazing dogs and worth every penny. If I wasn't on disability I would definitely invest in another 🐩. ☺️☺️☺️

  • I have a toy poodle. I have never been alone for 15 years and I take him to the groomers every 2 months and it cost $65.

  • I grew up with dobermans and they are so similar, except the coat. SOOOO much energy, but quirky, fun, funny, and incredibly loveable.

  • Thank you so much for making this video. I’ve been wanting a dog for a while, but I want one that is smart, trainable, and a companion. But I am allergic to a lot of dogs, too. So this was an unexpected surprise to find out that standard poodles would be a good match for me. Thank you so much!

  • I had small poodles growing up and they were such lovers. It was great that they didn't shed. They were very smart too. Your two are so special.

  • One of my neighbors had a standard poodle that looked a lot like Phaedra. Such beauties. Very interesting info about the breed!

  • It's nice to see posts about pets, but I am just not an animal person. I have tried but pets aren't for me.

  • Your babies are so beautiful! I am horribly allergic to dogs and also cats, so adopting a new pet isn’t in my immediate future but if I ever do I will have to get allergy shots. It’s something I need to do for a couple years anyway but … needles!

  • I like the honesty of your video. I don't know anything about dogs and when we got one, we were so misinformed about the needs of a dog. We ended up rehoming him to a house that was better equipped which is better for the dog and our family. Also random, I love your nails!

  • I have a standard poodle almost the size of a Great Dane and it’s insane but he’s sooo sweet his name is Brody and he thinks he’s as big as a Chihuahua

  • My Mom and I were sort of hoping for a standard or mini poodle (purebred or mixed) when we went looking for a dog at the Humane Society about 6 years ago. Our success can be measured by the fact that a Rat Terrier is currently sleeping on my bed. In my defense, he was a senior who'd been owner-surrendered for being "too old." How could I not insist on a sudden change in plans? But someday I think I will have a poodle. Yours just confirm that desire for me. Hey, thanks to the terrier, I'm used to smart, tenacious, easily bored…

  • Just to clarify about the Addisons Disease. There is no way to test for Addisons currently, unless the dogs Dam or Sire are currently effected. There are tests for seizures, von wildebrands, and a few others, However no test is available for Addisons.

  • Just got a standard poodle puppy and I love her to bits but there is one major drawback that I never heard anyone mention when I was researching……she is VERY vocal! It's cute and funny sometimes but also when it's 5 in the morning and you're just waking up and trying to get the dog outside it's really disorienting when she gets in your face and barks at you lol also she does not like being left alone, so if I put her in one room and walk away she barks pretty much nonstop until I come back

  • I've wanted a dog for a long time, but I'm waiting until I'm done with my studies. I hadn't really looked at poodles as an option before, mostly corgis, but I guess I misjudged them. My aunt had a large poodle that she took everywhere, on top of mountains etc, so they aren't just "fancy" dogs.

    The intelligence and grooming aspects aren't negatives for me, rather postive. And it's not like you absolutely have to give them those fluffy cuts with the pom poms. Thank you for talking about your experience with the breed, it's really helpful for people like me who are trying to find what kind of dog fits best.

  • You Are such a Beautiful person inside and outside.
    Loooooooooove your dogs 💜🌹
    Animals lightens our lives they are angels 🌞
    Greets from Paris.

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