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Talking Poodles 23 Oct 2012 07:48 #1

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I often wonder what's a "Darcy thing" and what's a "Poodle thing". When Darcy wants something that is stuck out of reach or whatever we can sometimes have an entire conversation, where he "talks" back to me while I ask what's up. He's an amazing communicator between his "talking" and body language I can almost always figure out what he's on about.

Our first PWD was a big talker, some of Darcy's mannerisms and quirks are so much like his it's eery.

So that brings me to my question. Are Poodles generally a talkative breed or do I just have a noisy one?
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Ziggy - Portuguese Water Dog (my parents)
Bria - Portuguese Water Dog (my parents)
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Re: Talking Poodles 23 Oct 2012 08:19 #2

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Darcy sounds EXACTLY like my Nickel. N is my first poodle so I don't know if this is a "Nickel thing" or a "Poodle thing". He has different whines and whimpers (sound, in general) and he uses his eyes and gestures to communicate with us.

He used to talk A LOT in the car - when we got to an edgy neighborhood, when we got close to his favorite park, when we got near to his daycare, when he saw a police car nearby,…. Now he talks less.
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Re: Talking Poodles 23 Oct 2012 09:17 #3

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Lombardi is a talker. Grumbles and strung together low level bark/growls. Most often when I first come home.

Annie is a talker as well. Short yip barks and whines. I say she says, "Give it." "Now" "Now" "Now".

Lombardi's grandmother, Madge, is a known talker, as well.

I think it's more their intelligence than a bloodline/inherited trait, though.


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Re: Talking Poodles 23 Oct 2012 09:44 #4

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Taz crows... like a rooster. Generally to say "good morning," but other times, when happiness is indicated, too. He is also a big "smiler" in the morning with lots and lots of teeth. Rather disconcerting to those who don't know that!

Sometimes if I wake up at night, I will hear Taz very quietly give a musical little "aaaahhhhh," which I interpret as "Hi, Mom, since we're both awake. Isn't sleeping warm and cozy with your pack all around you the best?"

Taz also occasionally has "Shania Twain" noises -- cheeky, sassy little "Ow!" noises used as interjections or to call our attention to him.

Both boys can "whisper" -- "talk" very softly is asked to do so.

Zac "fizzes" -- it's a sort of loud, closed-mouth exhalation. Used very similar to Taz's "ow!" Murphy used to breath out very loudly in a big laugh "fwhuh! fwhuh! fwhuh!" And Dharma would say a breathy "hm, hm, hm" on a descending scale when she came into a room ("I am present and you may admire me now")
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Re: Talking Poodles 23 Oct 2012 15:50 #5

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schnauzerpoodle wrote:
He used to talk A LOT in the car - when we got to an edgy neighborhood, when we got close to his favorite park, when we got near to his daycare, when he saw a police car nearby,…. Now he talks less.

Haha, yeah ok, Darcy and Nickel are similar! Darcy used to talk all the way up to agility, and if we move from a faster speed to a slower one in the car he thinks we're getting to our destination and starts complaining away.

Mostly I find his chattering away charming, although on the rare occasion when I can't figure out what he wants or he just won't shut up, he drives me NUTS!
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Ziggy - Portuguese Water Dog (my parents)
Bria - Portuguese Water Dog (my parents)
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Re: Talking Poodles 23 Oct 2012 16:12 #6

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Cdnjennga wrote:
schnauzerpoodle wrote:
He used to talk A LOT in the car - when we got to an edgy neighborhood, when we got close to his favorite park, when we got near to his daycare, when he saw a police car nearby,…. Now he talks less.

Haha, yeah ok, Darcy and Nickel are similar! Darcy used to talk all the way up to agility, and if we move from a faster speed to a slower one in the car he thinks we're getting to our destination and starts complaining away.

Maybe Darcy and Nickel are related :P Don't forget they were born on the same day.
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Re: Talking Poodles 23 Oct 2012 19:00 #7

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Hearing about Darcy and Nickel, I think this may partly be a mini thing. I've seen a mini at run-throughs and obedience trials who is a real talker.

But Dexter will come right up to me and growl very softly if he wants something (e.g., to go out). His tonal vocubulary also includes a siren sound when he wants something and the growl isn't working (going between low and high pitched tones). And then he will bark if I'm not paying attention to the quieter sounds. I'm always reminding him to use his inside voice as he's barking to be let out.

Phoebe has something that's between a growl and a bark--a real loud, drawn-out growl that she will use when playing with toys or Dexter.
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Re: Talking Poodles 24 Oct 2012 21:36 #8

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Vegas doesn't talk much, unless there's birds or squirrels to talk to

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Re: Talking Poodles 25 Oct 2012 04:12 #9

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prairillon wrote:
Taz crows... like a rooster. Generally to say "good morning," but other times, when happiness is indicated, too.

Ahh, yes, the rooster noise! Chagall isn't a noisy mpoo, unless he's left alone for a moment in the car. One summer afternoon I stopped at the fruit and vegetable stand and he, predictably, set about protest howling in the car. As I was selecting ears of corn I heard one young lady ask another, "Do you hear that rooster?" To which I said, "That's no rooster, that's my poodle!" :lol: Never heard anyone else describe the poodle vocalization that way until now. That's just too funny!
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