Poodle Breed Maintenance
Poodles will do well in any type of home, whether it be an apartment or ranch house, as long as they get enough exercise and affection. It is also important to be careful with training, as they can just as easily learn bad habits as good ones and will not easily forget them. 1.5 to 3 cups of food divided into two separate meals per day would most likely be a good amount for these dogs. Although they do not shed, they can be quite high maintenance. They will need to be groomed every three to six weeks or more often, even if it is trimmed short, and it will most likely need to be done by a professional, unless you have the time and patience to do it yourself. You will need quality scissors, electric clippers and blades, a comb and brush and nail clippers. Besides these major grooming sessions, they will still need to be brushed daily. They will also need to be bathed and the coat trimmed at regular intervals. Poodles will often get tear stains and will need to be wiped around the face and eyes every day using a dampened washcloth with warm water or an alcohol-free pet wipe. The ears should also be wiped using a damp cotton ball once a week. The teeth should be brushed once or twice a week as well, although it would be best if done every day. Nails should be trimmed once or twice a month, unless they wear down on their own.