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Thinking of getting a dog? Animal expert Julia Szabo gives you the pros and cons of different dog breeds in these Howcast videos.
I'm Julia Szabo, also known as a Pet Reporter, and I am the ""Living with Dogs"" columnist for dogster.com. I've actually written 6 books and I'm hard at work on my next one. It will be about about dogs -- that's as much as I can say right now. I love dogs and I think nobody's life is complete without one. So I'm here to tell you about a variety of different dogs breeds that might suit your lifestyle. I hope you'll adopt one soon. The poodle is actually one of my favorite all time breeds, and a lot of people dismiss the poodle flat out as a foo-foo dog, or a frivolous, you know, not serious dog. But I have news for everyone, the poodle is a very serious dog. Um, he's an athlete, he's gorgeous, he's super intelligent. He is really one of the most intelligent dog breeds out there. Him and the border collie are the tops. Ironically, when we think of the poodle being in the circus, wearing a tu-tu, and standing on her hind legs and twirling, um we forget the fact that she can learn these tricks and this repertoire. This just proves how intelligent she is. So let's not blame her just because some not very nice people put a tu-tu on her. Poodles are incredibly athletic, they love the water. Um in fact, the show-cut that we all kind of make fun where it looks like topiary and he's shaved in the back to look like pom poms, this was actually designed to help them be more aerodynamic in the water. The other great thing about poodles is that people who have allergies to most dogs tend to be able to tolerate poodles a lot better because their hair is closer to human hair than to classic dog fur. One of my favorite, all time historical figures, John Steinbeck the writer, wrote a very, very famous book called ""Travels with Charlie: In Search of America"". And in this book, he basically drove across the country with his standard poodle Charlie, and he had very, very trenchant insights on the different pockets of American culture that he saw through his poodle's eyes. You know, let's remember that when we think of a poodle, because poodles are cool.