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want a poodle but dh and ds say too girly

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ggirl Sun 16-Feb-14 17:15:14

need a non moulting dog because ds has asthma triggered by shedding dogs...such a bummer

we had a beardie , we lost her 5 yrs ago but ds wasn't allergic to her as she didn't shed

Ideal dog would be miniature poodle , not with poncy cut.

Anyone have one and vouch for their incredible manliness as pets...or indeed have a suggestions of another breed.

Noodles123 Sun 16-Feb-14 17:26:36

Portuguese Water Dog smile

bobbybearmummy Sun 16-Feb-14 17:30:52

I have 2 miniature poodles.They are amazing dogs...intelligent,energetic and fun.Nothing poncy about them,and I keep them in a short clip that I do myself.They are only poncy if the owner is.!!Mine love being outside,we walk miles,and they love swimming.Do not get a poodle cross.....the latest fad,as why doodle when you can poodle!!

SignoraStronza Sun 16-Feb-14 17:37:57

If they're anything like the two giant poodles who live down the road, not poncy at all vicious bastard dogs. My brother has a spaniel/poodle cross. Stupid, yes but not unmanly.

ggirl Sun 16-Feb-14 17:43:39

bobbybear , have you got a pic of them?

standard poodle is a thought...he may find them more manly..not with poncy cut though...will look for pics of standard

curiousparent Sun 16-Feb-14 17:52:15

What about a bedlington terrier? Lovely natured and non malting.

ggirl Sun 16-Feb-14 17:54:06

oooh yes they're gorgeous..are they lovley natured then?
I'm slightly wary of terrier ..have never had one .

Can they look less lamb like with less clipping? Thinking of dh's manliness hmm

ggirl Sun 16-Feb-14 17:57:23

dh would not walk the groomed version whereas the ungroomed would be fine
but this page says they NEED to be kept groomed ?

curiousparent Sun 16-Feb-14 18:01:31

Yes don't be put off by the (IMO) strange cuts when you google them - they can look much more normal. The one I know of (he isn't mine but I see him every day for hours a day) has none of the terrier tendencies. When you read about them it suggests that they need a firm hand during their puppy training stage to endure they don't get too strong willed but I've seen none of that in this dog. It is a breed I would never have considered but definitely would in the future seeing how lovely this one is.

lljkk Sun 16-Feb-14 18:02:41

Poodles were Russian hunting dogs originally, very tough, long distance runners, not wimpy dogs at all.

curiousparent Sun 16-Feb-14 18:04:00

I think you could groom them yourself. The one I know of looks neither lamb like or like the shaggy goat!!! It's hard to find a photo when they aren't being sheared I will see if I can find something later.

ggirl Sun 16-Feb-14 18:05:05

ooh don't mind a bit of grooming, used to groom my beardie

gandalfcat Sun 16-Feb-14 18:06:00

My mother's first dog was a poodle in the early '60s - she swears it was the most intelligent dog she has ever owned and as to it's bravery, she was attacked on a quiet path, pushing me in a pram, and the dog would not leave the attacker alone, and through nips and noise saw him off. Lived to 16 y.o. and was spoilt every day of his life after that - and my very manly DF loved him to pieces as well!

PipkinsPal Sun 16-Feb-14 18:06:46

My parents once offered my sister and I the choice of a poodle or a cat. We chose a cat for the same reason OP's DH & DS. He was a bloody Siamese and we hated each other.

curiousparent Sun 16-Feb-14 18:07:27

Sorry struggling to convert on iPad but Google bedlington terrier and go to images and you can see those that aren't clipped like lambs!

EauRouge Sun 16-Feb-14 18:12:40

Richard Hammond has a poodle.

I've been carrying that little bit of trivia around for years and I've never had the chance to use it. Finally.

FuckingWankwings Sun 16-Feb-14 18:13:01

This isn't particularly helpful, but I think your DH is being an idiot. Too girly? hmm Would he also object if you dressed a baby boy in pink?

I've never owned a poodle but have known/met a few and I think they're ace. Very clever, sociable and bright, athletic... gorgeous dogs. I like the chocolate-brown kind.

LadyTurmoil Sun 16-Feb-14 18:27:28

Sorry, but he's wrong! He's probably seen pictures of ones will silly, poncy haircuts but they are great with just a simple clip. Love choc brown ones as well. Supposed to be fab dogs, clever, active as you like but not too over the top, middle size ones are perfect for families.

There is a water dog for adoption here

Countrywalks Sun 16-Feb-14 20:03:12

The miniature poodles I have met on walks are feisty energetic lovely things , not cut with pom poms.

Alternatively if a poodle stays a big no I would be drawn to a miniature schnauzer, soft non shedding clever and they have beards, even the girls ! A nice size small/ medium dog that would suit your DH. Lots of the schnauzers are walked by men too!

roadwalker Sun 16-Feb-14 20:11:18

Mine is a great, perfect family dog
She is a miniature but on the large end of miniature
She is black and a little scruffy
I sometimes clip her or take her to the groomer but not for a poodle clip
Everyone thinks she is a labradoodle because of her clip
The brown ones look cute

TeenageAdvice15 Sun 16-Feb-14 20:13:21

labradoodle? or any poodle cross?

Countrywalks Sun 16-Feb-14 20:30:32

Labradoddles can be really big, I have met some that seem taller than a Labrador. If you wanted a cross, and of course there's no guarantee you will get a non shredder a cockerpoo would be lovely and the right size. Have met loads of cockerpoo puppies, they do seem the latest thing, so last year am I with my cocker!

Countrywalks Sun 16-Feb-14 20:32:10

Ha , Labradoodles! That's another post where I didn't check my post, that will give some the rage!

Daykin Sun 16-Feb-14 20:38:15

My friend has a baby labradoodle, who is very lovely and bouncy but he is about 6 or 7 feet tall and he isn't even fully grown. He also sheds like a bugger. I know several poodle crosses who shed. Water dogs are lovely. I think someone who would struggle to walk a poodle wouldn't fair much better with a Bedlington terrier.

ggirl Sun 16-Feb-14 20:48:17

labradoodle fine but I would have to check out ds with them first and think the coat changes a lot from pup to adult
might as well get poodle tbh

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