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                 Scott also makes sure that new owners have adequate time to devote to their new charges. If you spend all day every day out of the house, a poodle is not for you, Scott believes. “Poodles hate being left alone,” she says, adding that it also takes dedicated time to train a puppy.
The breed consists of the Standard Poodle (the largest), Miniature Poodle (mid-sized) and Toy Poodle (the tiniest, as its name indicates). The origins of the breed are still debated, with many— including Scott—believing that the poodle originally hails from Germany, where they were used to retrieve waterfowl because of their curly, water-resistant coat. Others believe poodles are descended from the old French Barbet breed. It was their popular- ity in France—including the court of Louis XVI—that led to their being known as French poodles.
Poodles sometimes get a bad rap for their “gussied up” show haircuts, but fans
know there’s much to love. For starters, they’re the second smartest breed. Top honors in that category go to border col- lies, says Scott. Poodles don’t shed, and they don’t smell. They’re easy to train and good-natured, getting along with humans and other pets. And perhaps most impor- tant for dog owners: “They want you to love them,” says Scott. “Some dogs are happy enough to have their humans around as long as they’re being fed. Otherwise, they don’t particularly care who’s there. Poodles, on the other hand, love to give and receive affection.”
Perhaps a bit too much, Scott adds. “Poodles can become very needy if they’re too spoiled, and then are hard to place with other families,” she says. “Like a child, they need a lot of love but also a lot of discipline. I always say, if you can raise a 3-year-old, you can raise a poodle.”
That doesn’t mean your poodle will show you undying love. “They’re a very
opportunistic breed,” Scott laughs. “They’ll love the next lap best.”
Scott’s kennel is called Wissfire—though her husband has been known to jokingly refer to it as “misfire.” She’s known for the quality of dogs she breeds and has even been featured among “the fanciest dog breeders across the country” in Town & Country magazine. And it’s clear that she takes her dog-caring seriously. “You’re responsible for what you put on this earth,” she says. “Like baking a pie, you only get out what you put in. I only breed dogs that are happy, healthy and that anyone would be happy to have in their home.”
Trained as a registered nurse, Scott is as surprised as anyone at how these creatures have taken over her life for more than a half-century. “Who would’ve thought it?” she asks. “But I’ve loved it all.”o
For information on adopting a poodle from Joan Scott, call (302) 540-5432 or visit marketplace. akc.org/joan-scott-32224.
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