Hi Isabella, SPoodles are a cross breed so each and every one of them is very unique! There is no gaurentee of coat type or temprament with a cross breed but most of the spoodles I have met and hear of have had great tempraments, this can be attributed to good training and socialization from early puppy hood and also depends on where puppy comes from. It is hard to source these pups from anyone reputable these days, although if you look hard enough you can find a nice breeder, who is not breeding for all the wrong reasons. Make sure you met the breeder and the dogs before deciding on your puppy. Steer clear of puppy farms and pet shops.
I would say Spoodles are high maintenance coat wise, they need regular brushing and regular clipping to keep thier coats in good condition and looking nice. Some may shed but most don't, thier coats can become very matted if not taken care of properly.
Speaking from my own experience ( I own 4 spoodles) they do need/reqire regular excersise to keep them occupied and in good condition, when mine were younger and out of the puppy stage at least an hour a day and regular obedience training kept them out of mischief and nice well rounded dogs to look after.
They are not the sort of dog who does well in back yard with no company. They love to be around thier people or other animals and do prefer company.
Mine are all good around kids, I think they comes naturally if they are around kids as puppies and properly supervised with no incidents they will be bought up loving the company of children.
My two girls are therapy dogs and visit the local hospital and all the sick people, they love this job and are very good at it, nothing much phases them at all.
I still take mine to obedience training as I think it helps them remember thier manners and keep them remembering who thier boss is, they can on occasion get to big for thier britches, but with good dog handing skills this is not a problem. They do benifit from good from an owner with good leadership skills.
Over all I would say if you are willing to put in the time with the coat of a spoodle and training, they make a good all round companion for any family.
You will probly get varied responses to your questions and at the end of the day a lot of it will depend on the dog, its nature etc. Good luck with your hunt for a pup for your family.
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