Being a poodle owner, you no doubt already have a good understanding of your poodle’s temperament. There are some behavioral differences between the types of poodle breeds, but for the most part they are similar.
You could say the larger they get, the more reserved they become. Of course, each dog on its own, no matter the breed, will still have their own personality traits.
On the whole, poodles are highly intelligent, easy to train, and alert. But the trait we’re most interested in today is their loyalty.
But does loyalty translate to love? We’ll soon get to that!
The Human Poodle Connection
When someone gets a poodle, they’re not getting a dog, they’re getting a family member.
Poodles adore your time and attention. They’re not called Velcro dogs for nothing.
They want nothing more than to be surrounded by their loving humans and to have all eyes on them!
This extroverted trait makes them a joy to be around. But if you’re not around, and they don’t get the companionship they thrive on, they can become a tad bit neurotic.
Poodles are highly sensitive dogs and become in tune with their family members.
They’ll often follow their owner around the house, one step behind the whole way. This by no means excludes the toilet!
A poodle will often sense when their owner is depressed, ill, or stressed, and will be found spending more time with their owner to offer comfort.
It’s also been observed that a poodle will mimic their owner’s emotions.
This of course has ramifications. If the people in a poodle home are living with stress and anxiety, then the poodle of the house surely feels that too. They will then respond with their own stress.
A poodle that has a peaceful home full of love will surely flourish!
This sensitivity also means that when they’re scolded or yelled at, they can become easily traumatized.
Because Poodles have this sensitive and empathetic side to them, they can seem more in tune with humans than some other breeds. And because of this they can have a profound connection with their owner.
This profound connection between poodle and owner is the reason why they make such good therapy dogs.
They can sense their owner’s needs and want to respond with comfort. And the fact they are super dooper intelligent means they can be extremely well trained to offer specialized support.
Does your poodle really love you? Here’s the science
I won’t delay the answer any longer. Resoundingly, yes, your poodle absolutely loves you!
Of course, like all loving relationships, love forms over a period of time. If you own a new poodle puppy, they are no doubt fond of you. But once they learn your smell, the sound of your voice, and look into your eyes, then the human/dog love connection will strengthen.
A 2015 Japan study found the level of oxytocin (the love chemical) rose in dogs when they looked into their owner’s eyes. Awww!
Marie started HoundGames with her husband, Geoff. She is a life long dog lover and always wanted to start a business around dogs, and she's finally living out her dream. They hope to launch more products in the future!