Barn Dogs, dressage, Poodles

A Preponderance of Poodles

I love how barns go through phases of doggy preference. Corgi’s were once all the rage and I admit that when it comes to cuteness, they are right up there at the top of my list. For a while Jack Russell terriers (aka: Jack Russell Terrorists and/or Snack Russell Terriers) were the barn dog of choice, often making the rounds in miniature Baker blanket dog-wear.
My current barn shows a fondness for poodles and poodle crosses. Perhaps this is because these dogs don’t shed and none of us like to vacuum any more than we have to.
My own dog, Skittles is a standard poodle and she makes an excellent barn dog except for the fact that shavings stick exceptionally well to poodle hair (hence the nickname: Velcro Dog).

Barn poodles set up camp outside the restroom, making sure everything works out alright.

Barn poodles set up camp outside the restroom, making sure everything works out alright.


Poor Skittles has been banned from the barn lately. A laceration on her hind end required several stitches and came with strict instructions regarding cleanliness. Just imagine the bacteria club your average barn floor entertains! Skittles stays home and wonders why she’s been banished.
Skittles & Collie (a schnoodle) sniff noses. Being an older dog, Skittles doesn't approve of rough-housing and has been dubbed 'the barn police' for her tendency to rein in rambunctious young-dog behavior

Skittles & Collie (a schnoodle) sniff noses. Being an older dog, Skittles doesn’t approve of rough-housing and has been dubbed ‘the barn police’ for her tendency to rein in rambunctious young-dog behavior


It’s very strange arriving at the barn without my dog. As I gather my belongings from the car, Skittles typically wanders ahead and greets her friends, letting everyone know we’ve arrived. I truly miss my other half and look forward to her return to the barn kingdom.
The pint-sized Jenny (aka: Fluffy) has adapted well to barn life. Jenny especially loves rolling in manure, much to her mother's delight.

The pint-sized Jenny (aka: Fluffy) has adapted well to barn life. Jenny especially loves rolling in manure, much to her mother’s delight.


In the meantime, here are some photos of several of the other barn dogs, with their varying degrees of poodeliciousness.
Just as with horses, there’s a breed for nearly every temperament and lifestyle.