Acquired: Pet store
Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques
Posted November 17, 2015
Wow. These guys are pretty incredible. I have owned three and have trained many. For this review I am writing about Dani, a 12 year old apricot mini. First of all, they fade (known as color dilution)! The apricots can start out brick red and will still end up somewhere around beige. Obviously, this doesn't matter, but just don't be surprised. They, like many other breeds will also loose a tinge of color on their noses and their coats may thin out with age. Dani is a typical poodle as far as being highly intelligent. To be honest, even when I lived in Manhattan, I never need a leash with her, but I use one for extra safety. Training with her was easy, but because she is so smart, it was also a good challenge. She has legitimately outsmarted me on a few occasions. For example, on a very rainy night I was doing my best to be tough and hold off her treat until she went out to pee. We had a doggy door and I kept repeating - go out to sissy! She finally went out side, turned around, came right back in and sat in front of me basically saying- well? I went out! Where's me treat? (I don't think I need to tell you what happened next... but she won). What is really special about this dog and many from her breed is she is service animal. She visits hospitals and the like, and basically makes the whole world feel better. I have seen kids 'brush her hair' with sticks, and she just let them. She has a fantastic disposition and you can do anything to her. This makes her perfect for visiting children that may not know how rough they can be yet. She is completely fine with every aspect of travel. She does escalators with no problem, loves planes, cars, elevators... anything. She has put on a little weight as she's aged, and I am trying to keep it down. She does require a good grooming every three months or so. I also clean out her ears weekly. She is not noisy in the slightest. The only time she 'speaks' is to tell me if it's past her dinner time, at which time she will give me a very specific demand bark, to which I do as I'm told since she has trained me so well ;). What a LOVE. These guys really connect with their owners and families. A lot of sweet eye contact and affection. Definitely a great option for any family.