Originally Posted by camjac
I would SO rather deal with no hair in the house and no slobber!
Really, people have such a misunderstanding of poodles. They are so active and intelligent and love their people. Any time I am out with him I am stopped and asked questions and I always take the time to inform people of the breed. I have not met one person yet that knew that they were bred as water retrievers! :o I think that they are used to seeing the small toy and miniature and we don't see many standards where we are that they generalize the breed.
The no-shedding thing is a HUGE factor for us, as we're allergic to "regular" dogs. We had a show pointer that we waited years for, who we ADORED, and even with his short coat, we wound up having to return him to the breeder to be re-homed. It was a shame, as not only did we love him, he was the finest quality pointer you ever saw. So it's poodles for us all the way.
We also breed and show minis, and if I post pictures of them on Flickr with no size-cues (nothing in the shot that could be used to compare scale), I will invariably get invites to add the pic to the standard poodle groups. And THAT is what breeding quality miniatures (and toys, to a lesser extent) is about. All three varieties have the exact same breed standard, so ideally, you should not be able to tell which is which without size cues. I'm tremendously flattered when someone says, "I thought that was a picture of a standard!"
I also think that most poodles--and I mean pretty much ALL of t hem--that non-poodle people have experience with are poor representatives of the breed. Short legs, long bodies, cropped-off bunny-tails, big bulging eyes, soft thin coats, iffy temperaments, yappiness, etc. While these dogs have everything to offer as pets, they're just not true to poodle type, and sadly, that's what the breed is judged on.
ON THE OTHER HAND--we as poodle enthusiasts (and really, this is true with just about all breed enthusiasts) do not WANT our breed to become popular. We're still recovering from the poodles' reign of popularity decades ago, which resulted in the glut of profit-bred, poor-quality dogs we're still seeing today. We LIKE demand to stay on the low side, because that means that there's less incentive for backyard breeders and puppymillers to crank them out. I believe that, as of this year, Labrador Retrievers have surpassed the poodle's record for consecutive number of years in the #1 popularity spot in America, and all you have to do is open your local paper and see the dozens of listings for cheap Labs from backyard breeders to see the consequence of popularity.