I have been taking all of the online questionaires that are supposed to help determine which breed of dog is best for you. Are these things accurate at all?? Because nearly all of them have told me that a Standard Poodle is the dog that would fit best into my household!

Now, I've always thought that poodles were floofy lounge dogs...?

I'm looking for a dog that will (a.) not attack/bother my cats and parrots (b.) go running with me, backpacking into the wilderness and camping with me and my husband (c.) likes to play fetch (d.) doesn't shed very much. Do these sound like a poodle to you guys?

I'll do more research, but I'm looking for firsthand information from active folks with standard poodles.
tia,
~angela
I have been taking all of the online questionaires that are supposed to help determine which breed of dog is best for you. Are these things accurate at all??

I think they're helpful for bringing breeds you might not have thought of to your attention. They're less useful if you have specialized interests. They always recommend gun dogs for me, but I'm interested in mushing sports.

Anyway, a standard poodle is a great active dog. I've got a friend who pounds out big miles every week and her standard runs with her and does wonderfully well. She's also a very smart, trainable dog, which seems to be typical of the breed.

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Now, I've always thought that poodles were floofy lounge dogs...?

Actually they're extremely smart, and the Standards are very active and have a huge sense of humor.
I'm looking for a dog that will (a.) not attack/bother my cats and parrots (b.) go running with me, backpacking ... husband (c.) likes to play fetch (d.) doesn't shed very much. Do these sound like a poodle to you guys?

Actually, yeah. A Standard anyway. Remember they're a good sized dog. Others that come to mind would be a portuguese water dog or a curly-coated retriever. Labs shed like crazy even though they have pretty short coats.
I have been taking all of the online questionaires that are supposed to help determine which breed of dog is ... husband (c.) likes to play fetch (d.) doesn't shed very much. Do these sound like a poodle to you guys?

Yep, sounds like a poodle.
They're not floofy lounge dogs at all they are active dogs, similar to Labrador in temperament with a lot more brains in there. Very intelligent, hardy dogs, if you get a well-bred one. They shed only slightly, though you do have to keep up with the coat. They can be trimmed in various clips many which are very reasonable and not "floofy" at all.

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Yep, sounds like a poodle. They're not floofy lounge dogs at all they are active dogs, similar to Labrador in temperament ... up with the coat. They can be trimmed in various clips many which are very reasonable and not "floofy" at all.

Oh and another point. Standards, under the smart exterior that loves a good joke, can be very serious dogs indeed. Don't underestimate them, they can be tough and protective. I've always loved black Standards.
Oh and another point. Standards, under the smart exterior that loves a good joke, can be very serious dogs indeed. Don't underestimate them, they can be tough and protective. I've always loved black Standards.

there is a Schutzhund trained poodle in my area. not sure if he's titled, but it's pretty cool that he's trying.
-kelly
Now, I've always thought that poodles were floofy lounge dogs...? I'm looking for a dog that will (a.) not attack/bother ... you guys? I'll do more research, but I'm looking for firsthand information from active folks with standard poodles. tia, ~angela

Standard and miniature poodles fit your list of desires. I raise miniature poodles, but have handled standards for 20 something years. Most mini and standard poodles are NOT "lounge dogs". They are active dogs who need exercise. I do agility with my minis, and they can keep up with the shelties just fine thank you!
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