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Leo the lion
Member Name: steve4oo
Disadvantages: Highly strung
After our Siberian Husky died, my parents were certain that another dog would definitely not be on the cards. With my persuasive ways, however, I managed to make my mum fall in love with toy poodles. They are the smallest of the 3 variations, literally being toy sized. Slightly larger than this is the miniature, then the standard sized poodle. Once my mum and I had began working on my dad to also convince him we started looking into breeders and where we could possibly get one from. I had decided that I wanted one that was 'apricot' coloured, in our day to day life we could probably refer to the colour as ginger, possibly chestnut. It seemed that they were one of the rarer colours and seemed quite a lot more difficult to get hold of but we eventually came across a breeder who lived about 50 miles from you.
Coincidentally, one of her dogs had just had a litter of puppies and within the next few weeks we went over to have a look. As soon as we got there I had my eye on one little puppy straight away, who is now better known as Leo. He was born along with 2 brothers and a sister, but he seemed the cheekiest and most willing to come forward for a sniff. At 7 weeks old he was absolutely tiny and could fit in the palm of my hand (my hands aren't big!) and he continually tried to snuggle his head into my sleeve. When we had to leave, he clung onto my jumper and I knew I just had to have him. He came from an Australian pedigree bloodline and he is quite highly strung. His relatives had competed at a high standard in CRUFTS competitions so we ended up paying quite a hefty price for him although it was worth it.
When we collected him a few weeks later he was still tiny and remained that size for quite a while. I had bought him a bed that was in the shape of a huge slipper and he had a toy that was initially bigger than him. It seemed that he suddenly had a growth spurt around the age of 1 and he gradually grew slowly from there until he reached his full size which at the age of 4 he stands fully grown at 11 inches tall (or small!). His colour lightened slightly over a period, so he is now a light apricot and always catches peoples eye when he goes anywhere. Although his fur is nice to look at, it grows very quickly and requires regular trimming every 4 to 6 weeks in order for it to remain tidy, otherwise it will become matted. On the bright side, he doesn't shed any hair at all as all Poodles don't making them great for being with allergies.
Leo's intelligence factor, similarly with all Poodles is outstanding. He can do all the tricks under the sun when he feels like it, even a high give! I took him to puppy training and agility classes when he was younger which I feel gave him a good start with his obedience as he is very responsive now. His hearing is a million times better than mine too! When my mum gets home from work, he can hear her car before she even drives into our street and he will start getting excited.
For all his good points he is a little yappy and extremely territorial at times. When the postman comes he will bark for about 10 minutes until he is convinced he has gone (... its not much of a bark at all!) and other general silly little things get yapped at. The term Leo the lion developed when he used to growl at people who went near his bed if it had food on it. We joked about it as he is just so small, his growl is more like a whisper and you can barely hear it. He has been known to be a little vicious, although its not regular or serious so I'm not sure if this is something common in all small, highly strung dogs of his kind. But generally he is very kind and acts in the manner of a typical 'lap dog' as that is literally where he wants to sit all the time. He craves human attention and wants to be held 24/7, otherwise he will whine until you just have to give in to him :-)
While he enjoys being a lap dog, he will never turn down a good old walk and I have walked him for miles and miles and he never gets worn out. He has an unbelievable amount of energy and I really don't know where it comes from! He is so small but can run really fast and he enjoys chasing other dogs and animals out in the open. You can just tell he is enjoying himself. Generally he is a happy little dog despite his little anrgy streak which isn't really much of an issue. Everyone who sees him will say 'aww isn't he cute' or something along those lines and my reply, along with a grin will always be 'I know, isn't he'. A real family, fun loving dog.
Summary: A great dog breed (especially my Leo)
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