The Poodle is an impressive family dog with many talents. They are often used in shows due to their impressive hairdos, proud attitude, and willingness to please. Poodles are among the most intelligent dog breeds, are very energetic, have a good temperament, and a long history.
Poodles come in three size varieties namely the standard poodle, miniature poodle, and toy poodle. All three of these sizes are considered to be one dog breed and held to the same breed standards. They also come in different color varieties.
These guys have a hypoallergenic coat which makes them great for those of us who want a pet but have allergies. This does however mean that Poodles need a lot of grooming since they have hair, like ours, that just keeps on growing.
Poodles are excellent beggars and it may break your heart to withhold treats but it is better for their health. They have a tendency to easily become overweight which can lead to a whole host of other problems. If you love grooming your dog, then this is the right breed for you.
A Rich History
The Poodle is a breed that comes in three size varieties. All sizes of this breed need to conform to the same breed standards. Despite their reputation as luxury dogs, they were originally bred as water retrievers before starting their showbiz careers.
The name Poodle was originally derived from the German word Pudel or Pudelin which literally means to splash in the water. In France, they are also often referred to as Caniche which means duck dog.
If you think Poodle, the first thing that might come to mind is their bazaar hairstyles, but even these had a function in the past. Short areas lightened the dog’s coat and kept it from snagging on debris in the water while the longer hair around the joints and chest protects the vital organs against cold water.
No matter your dog’s size, they are renowned for their playful personalities and affectionate natures. When it comes to training, the Poodle is top of the class. They make excellent jumpers, agility dogs, and obedience show dogs. There are also lots of crossed breeds like the Cavapoo.