@Always Eleven to him,
Interesting. My husband found our Kelly in a lumber yard way across the city (it had the best deals, as I remember), skin and bones and still pretty much a puppy, and asked the yard people about the dog. They told him it had been hanging around for several days. So husband brought him home so we could feed him and find him a home. I said, oh, he's got a home right here.. and that was that.
We had a yard, and he soon had a fine dog house in it.. we took him for obedience training and husband soon enough went running with him most days.
On poodles, one word of caution. I'm somewhat allergic to dogs (cats much more) and was more allergic to a friend's poodle than I was to Kelly the setter, and way more than to the dog of my avatar, a corgi, who was close to non allergenic to me.
Corgis have their own need to be out and about and herding, so I wouldn't consider them for apartments either, unless you stay in the apartment with them and take them out frequently. With my corgi, I had a house, a biggish yard, and a job where I could take him to work.