Acquired: Pet store
Training: Previous owner, I haven't learned care / training techniques, Books
Posted August 10, 2013
My parents owned our dog Tawny from before I was born, so I grew up taking care of her. Tawny was extremely intelligent; she never needed a leash when we were out on walks, she knew several tricks, and was always excited to play games. When she grew older and she lost her hearing, she learned to understand sign language gestures. She knew when you were sad or not feeling well, and she was very easy to potty train. She was always very gentle and relatively quiet, and very good with small children. My parents have old pictures of her standing guard over me and my twin brother when we were infants.
The only difficulties really in owning her were that she did shed, and since she had long, thick fur, constant grooming was a must. But apart from that she was a very healthy, robust dog (she lived until she was 21 years old!), and she wasn't finicky with her food or anything. She wasn't very good with cats, but since she was an inside dog it rarely mattered. With other dogs she was patient and well-behaved.
I strongly recommend poodle mixes to anyone considering owning a dog. It will be the best behaved, smartest, cuddliest animal you ever own.