I got an Apricot Poodle
After much debate on the animal debate forum, (you can read my other post there for reference) I ended up getting a miniature size (not a toy) apricot poodle at a local pet store in my area. I had seen a small toy, that I thought would be good for my friend, and she decided to buy him. Then I noticed on the bottom cage an apricot poodle who was mid sized. I had been trying not to look at the puppies there because they are in little cages, and I think its cruel, so when I was there with my friend, I did see him. He had been there for 11 days, and I am sure he suffered for this.
He is very quiet, and doesnÂt mind being picked up or sitting on laps, but he has at least one bad knee or maybe two? I had two different vets evaluate his knees. The surgery could cost 1,000 per knee.
I was very impressed by his size in the pet store. He seemed like a big boy, but the pet store refused to speculate on his size. The vet said, he would be 13 pounds, and I am hoping for larger then that. The dog we really wanted from the rescue society is about like he should be once full grown. But, we will love him any way. I like he is has grown quite a bit in just one week. He may have been underfed in the pet store.
I looked around on the internet after I got my poodle, and I convinced I got the best deal, because the apricot poodles for sale online are even more expensive at 1,500 dollars, and sold with a neutering contract, and only limited AKA registration, and while I am not planning to breed my poodle, why should I agree to have him neutered? If he was female, I would not want any accidentally puppies, but as a male, I canÂt see any advance to neutering him, expect if he was female, I would not want any accidentally puppies.
It should be up to the owner to make the choice to neuter or not. I am totally against having unwanted puppies or kittens, but I will only have him neutered if his behavior was so aggressive that it was needed, but he is very sweet and mellow, and I know the surgery is painful.
All my past dogs were all fixed, all my cats are all fixed, but if I decide not to fix him, that would be my first animal not to fix, and I have never had a litter of puppies or kittens, and breeding him is totally out of the question, so why should he be forced to under go a painful and unnecessary surgery? My Chow German Sheppard, I had neutered because he was too aggressive. Dante came from a pound and was pre neutered. The Yorkie had to be fixed, so she would not go into heat, or have puppies, but she never left the house. She refused to leave the house, so she was safe from breeding.
The worse part about an online breeder, and you have to have the dog shipped for an extra 250 dollars to the price, and if you donÂt like him or her, you have to ship him or her back, which is not only cruel to the puppy but stressful and expensive. If you canÂt hold the dog and have seen only a photo, how can to tell if you are sure you want one? Apricot Poodles are kind of hard to find.
When you read the breeders websites, they promise the spend time with the puppies, but can you believe them? One said, our puppies are handled
daily, does that mean like touched once a day? If I had puppies I would spend hours with them daily, I mean, but there is no way to prove how much time one spends with them.
He is really a great puppy, and I am very pleased. He was not in good shape when I got him. He was ungroomed, and his toe nails had not been trimmed, he was under weight, but I have made a lot of progress in those areas. He is already potty trained to outside on our back lawn, and he get along great with the cats. He seems to have recovered from his ordeal in the pet store, and am very worried, about that still, but I am beginning to feel better about it, because he is so well adjusted now, and happy, healthy and playing a lot.
He was marked as a cream, but he is apricot, and I emailed the AKC to have this corrected, because I canÂt find a way to contact the breeder. I guess it doesnÂt really matter, since I am not showing him, but I would rather have the paper work corrected. I could not find the kennel on the internet. I looked up the name of the breeder and the name of the kennel. I guess I could send a postal letter to the address of the breeder. I am not sure what can be done.
It seems like no matter whether you choice breeder or rescue, there are drawback to either choice. From a rescue, you donÂt know the background, and there could be problems. Breeders or pet stores cost a lot more, and also your dog could have problems like mine with the bad knees. Plus sometimes the breeders donÂt love the dogs enough and spend enough time with them. Rescues or pounds can make it hard or impossible to deal with all the red tape to get a dog. The lady from the rescue said, that you are saving a life with a rescue, but some time you are not. For example the dog we wanted had so many people wanting him, and the rescues are no kill any way.
I really did save DanteÂs life however, he had two days to go before being killed, and I did save his life, but then he ruined mine with years of unhappiness, because he bit, and not wanted to put him to sleep, and knowing no one else would want a mean dog who bites, so I could not give him away.
I am glad I did not go with a Silky, and I think I was influenced by what comments people replied, because many people seemed to think poodle were great dogs. I want to thank people for replying, and I am really pleased with my new dog. If he needs the knee surgery, we will just get it for him, and then the vet claimed he can have a normal life, so things will work out. We love him so much and he is so sweet, he is worth it.