Valentino is a phantom Standard Poodle. The term “phantom” refers to his coloring–specifically, a black coat with brown points. The black in Valentino’s coat is the darkest I’ve ever seen on a dog; I call it midnight black. His coat actually sparkles in the sunlight. On top of his beautiful colouring, his body structure is amazing. Many poodles are long and lanky but Valentino has a more solid build, with a beautifully shaped head and muzzle. His strong, masculine build is unique and eye-catching.
A gentle, calm and loving dog, Valentino also has a goofy side, which shows up most frequently with his sister, Coco. Valentino was the little guy in their litter (not so little anymore!) and has always been the more laid back of the two. Big sister Coco was the leader, loyally defending her brother if he got picked on by other dogs. Even though he is technically the big brother now, Coco still looks out for Valentino.
The quiet kid in the SwissRidge “classroom,” Valentino has a sweet soul, and loves dogs and people. Like my other intact male poodles, he is very secure. I never need to worry about tension in the pack. The boys all romp and get along great. This is rarely the case with intact males.
I purchased Valentino from a reputable breeder, and am pleased that he comes from a line of well-bred, health-tested parents.