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Coat Color Poodles may go through various stages of coat color before finally achieve their permanent color by 2y/o. Resources:
Keep in mind that the inheritance of temperament is less predictable than the inheritance of physical traits such as size or shedding. Temperament and behavior are also shaped by raising and training.
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Puppy Personality Reference & Development
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Understanding Your Puppy’s Temperament
Keep in mind, dog personalities aren’t purely determined by genetics. Nurture (experience) also plays a large part in how dogs personalities evolve. This is one reason why there’s a wide array of individual personalities. Some dogs are friendly and almost overly deferential, while other are short-fused and have unstable personalities.
A dog that is raised by the mom, along with its litter-mates, and has constant positive interactions with people and other animals during the first 3 to 4 months of life, will be more stable than a dog plucked from its family and isolated in a cage for weeks. Being raised properly contributes to a dog’s confidence, sociability, and stability of mood. It also positively effects its intellectual development. Regular handling and grooming of pups by owners and the dam facilitates optimal neuronal development. The bottom line is that a pup raised in a warm, loving family environment is likely to be more tolerant and accepting, and a better problem solver.
A Toy Poodle may be right for you…
If you want a dog who...
Is very small, light and graceful on his feet, athletic and agile
Has a short curly coat that is virtually non-shedding (the best coated breed for allergy sufferers)
Comes in a variety of colors
Is lively and playful
Is one of the brightest and most attentive of all breeds
Is easy to train and housebreak
Is usually polite with strangers and sociable with other animals
A Toy Poodle may NOT be right for you...
If you don't want to deal with...
Clipping the curly coat every four to six weeks
A careful search to avoid high-strung, neurotic lines
Timidity when not socialized enough
Emotional sensitivity to stress, tension, and loud voices
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Besides the regular clipping, they do need daily exercise, as they are lively dogs. Poodles do need a lot of daily companionship. They suffer from loneliness and separation anxiety if left alone too much and too long.
Poodles are creatures of habits; they learn "patterns" so quickly that they tend to anticipate everything you're going to do next. They expect their routines to always be the same.
Poodles are "soft" and sensitive dogs, sometimes hypersensitive. If you touch them unexpectedly or startle them with a sudden loud sound, they tend to flinch. The most sensitive individuals are not good with small children.
Similarly, Toy Poodles can get emotionally upset if there's too much activity or conflict or roughhousing in your household -- they prefer peace and harmony.
Toy Poodles are not for children. Some Toy Poodles are such gentle souls they are overwhelmed by the roughhousing and mischief of small children, while others simply won't put up with it.
Poodles are sensitive dogs who like to live in peaceful environments. If your house is full of chaos, it can cause your Poodle unnecessary stress. Though they are good with kids, they often don't do well in homes with lots of children where there may be a great deal of yelling and tension.
Allergies, is usually due to the ‘dander’ -- flakes of dead skin -- as well as the enzymes in the ‘saliva’ and ‘urine’. So, any dog can potentially cause an allergic reaction, including poodles. People may think certain breeds of dogs are “hypoallergenic,” but a truly non-allergic dog or cat does not exist. However, if you still want a toy poodle, there may be some strategies to reduce exposure. Here’s a very good article. Hope it is helpful.
What is a phantom poodle
While it is the solid Poodle that is the most common, is good to know more about Phantom Poodle coloring (pronounced fantom) , which is different than mismarks, the Tuxedo and partis.
Here’s to help explain what these colors are and why they exist.
Meaning of Phantom Coloring
A phantom Poodle is not a different breed or type of dog, this is simply a phrase to describe a particular coat coloring of the dog.
This type of coloring, while extremely beautiful and preferred by many Poodle owners, is not yet accepted by the AKC in regard to conformation. Therefore needs to be register by color. The word Phantom is not on the list.
Phantom is different than parti colored Poodles, even though both parti and phantoms have a mixture of 2 colors. This term only refers to Poodles that have specific markings on a solid background. The solid will usually be: Black, cream, apricot, red, white, silver or brown
Broken down into more detailed groups:
Black phantoms - black & apricot, black & red, black & cream, black & gray, black & brown or black & silver
Chocolate phantoms - Brown & apricot
Red phantoms - red & apricot
Silver phantoms - silver & cream
The markings must occur on certain parts of the dogs' coat. Many refer to these markings as Dobie markings (short for Doberman), however this pattern also appears on Dachshunds, certain Spaniels, Yorkies, Manchester Terriers and certain Coonhounds. These markings must be:
Above each eye ; On the sides of the muzzle (also referred to as the side of the cheeks); Across the dog's chest; Down the legs; Under the tail
All phantom Poodles are born with their markings. This does not occur as the dog ages.
Phantom Poodles, just like any other double colored Poodle including tuxedos or partis, are defined by coat color only. There are no differences in regard to vulnerabilities to health issues and they do not require any different sort of grooming or care that differs from a solid Poodle. In addition, there are no behavioral or temperament differences with Phantoms. Where color lands on the coat is simply a matter of genomes and does not affect the personality of the dog.