When I was a child I always wanted a dog , but my brothers fear of dogs put paid to that and I had to be content walking the neighbours dogs. The first thing I did when I bought my own property was to buy a dog, the only problem was that my partner was allergic to them, so it had to be one that wouldn’t shed hair, so in those days it had to be a Schnauzer, Kerry Blue or a Poodle and, as I wanted a large dog, we went for a Standard Poodle.

The origins of the poodles are still discussed, with a dispute over whether the poodle descends from the old French Barbet breed used to retrieve birds in duck hunting or from Germany as a type of water dog. The word Pudel is derived from the German verb meaning ‘to splash about’. They are ranked the second most intelligent dog breed just behind the Border Collie, the poodle is skilful in many dog sports and activities including agility, obedience, tracking, herding, circus performing and are wonderful assistance dogs.

The Standard Poodle is the perfect dog to own it has a keen working intelligence that makes the dog easy to command, athletic stamina, loyal, fun loving nature and a moisture-resistant, curly coat that acts like a wool jumper in damp conditions. The only drawback is that curly coat needs daily brushing and cutting every 6 weeks, but that’s no problem for me as I am a fully qualified Professional dog groomer working in Northwich and the surrounding area. I have a salon in my home and can collect the dog from your home or, with a nervous dog, I can come to you and groom it in your own home