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Unread 10-27-2009, 12:47 AM   #1
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There are certain breeds I do not see around very much. Some are because they are not well known. Some breeds have very specialized functions. But there is one breed that I think should be more popular.

That breed is the Standard Poodle.

We had a few that were regular customers in our grooming shop. They were the easiest, most even-tempered dogs to work on. They seem to know what they were there for and went along with the program. I had a great deal of time to talk to their owners and learn about the breed. While waiting for their owners to pick them up, we even got interact with them. One our standard poodles was an apricot one. She was the one of the nicest looking dogs I had ever seen.

You hear of famlies looking for a great companion for the family. You here that they want an active dog, but not one that is overly hyper. They want a dog that is intelligent and yet learns easily. They also want a dog that doesn't shed much. The standard poodle fits all these requirements. They can even be used for field work. They can water retreive as well as any lab can. These dogs are very versatile.

The funny part is the folks cross breeding poodles and labs. The rationale is that they want to design a fun loving dog that doesn't leave hair around. Why not get a pure bred standard poodle not mixed with another breed. It is a fun loving dog that doesn't shed.

I just don't why this breed isn't seen around much.

Can you think of another breed that makes wonder why it isn't more popular?

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Come to my area, they are ALL OVER THE PLACE! Very popular in agility.
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For obvious reasons we rarely see northern breeds in the SW deserts.

German shepherd dogs are few and far between as well as breeds such as the St Bernards, Newfoundlands and all guardian breeds.

We're also limited on the short nosed breeds as they have trouble breathing in the extreme heat.

Labs, chows, pits and pit mixes and chihauha's are by far the most popular breeds.
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King Charles Spaniels are not breed that seem should be more popular. We had a couple of those in our shop. They both belonged to the same woman.

Here you have a small, lap dog that is cute and doesn't try to remove your fingers when you pet it. It actually has a temprament more like a spaniel.

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You see many breeds around here, it's not too hot, too cold, too wet.

I see more and more huskies and malamutes now than I used to, they are becoming very popular. Mainly I see Staffies, border collies, labs, GSDs, King Charles spaniels, Cocker Spaniels, Springer Spaniels, Golden Retrievers, Dogue du Bordeaux (believe it or not there are 4 around here!), Bulldogs, Akitas, Lurchers, JRTs, Westies, Border Terriers and EBTs. I do see Poodles around but I think the grooming commitment puts people off, plus their reputation (however undeserved) doesn't really lean to making them popular.

I don't see many toy dogs, but then maybe that's because people don't walk them like they do with bigger dogs?

The breeds that I really like, Newfies, Pyrenean Mountain Dogs, St Bernards etc I don't see as much as i'd like to.
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The only dog I can think of off hand that I haven't seen (and that's because I want to see one ) is a Beauceron , they look awesome from pics and articles but have never had the pleasure of petting one . I'm sure there are plenty of breeds I haven't come across but that one sticks out in my mind .
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Husky/malamute types are becoming very common here in Edinburgh too it worries me a wee bit as they need a lot of exercise and my fear is that once these fad owners realise that we'll see a rise in the numbers in rescues and it's always harder to rehome larger dogs
Other than that every second dog around my way is a staffie sadly some owners are totally irresponsible and this is leading to them getting a very bad name in my neighbourhood. The vast majority of them are never on lead and are walked by young males who are often under the influence of drink or drugs and totally unaware of what the dog is doing.
There's one irish setter and one gordon setter at my training class and they are both gorgeous (if somewhat daft) dogs but you never see many around here at all.

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mini schnauzers and westies seem to be popular here.

you hardly ever see a sammie or a gordon setter now. Funnily enough Sious there's an add for a red setter litter near me.
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There are very few Shelties where I live - only ever seen 2 others besides mine. I have always had that breed.
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I see quite a few shelties around here, far more than I see Rough Collies.

Simba is frequently mistaken for a Sheltie so I guess people are more used to seeing them!

(or maybe it's because she's a munchkin collie)
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