OK, I'm here. I have 2 poodles, Claude (10) and Sophie (1). Back in Claude's prime he was fast as shit, and Sophie can jump higher than any dog I've seen.
I sent Sophie to the (reputedly) best hunting dog trainer in South LA. My grandpa said she was training hunting dogs back in his day too. We left her there for 2 months. Now, she only goes outside/inside when we give her permission; if we tell her to stay, then she wont move until we say so; we can throw an object and she won't fetch until we say "go" and she won't bring it back unless we signal. She's like a robot. She is just all around obedient as shite. Very smart girl. The trainer's husband is a big time hunter and told me to try and train her to get used to a gun so i could bring her with me. He said she would be an ideal hunting dog, and that he never thought he'd say that for a poodle. I really wish I had taken Claude to this woman when he was young.
I remember reading somewhere that poodles were one of the first hunting dogs. Don't know if it's true, but I could totally see it. They're smart, obedient, and great retrievers. If you keep their coats short (like I do mine) I don't see why it wouldn't work. Once Sophie's a bit older, I'd like to take her shooting to see if she could get used to shooting. If so, I'd try and take her out to the blind.
Here are some videos for fun: LINK LINK
ETA: Just noticed there's no sound. i ahve no idea why. sorry
This post was edited on 12/9 at 4:12 pm