Though the exact origin of the Poodle remains a mystery, this dog is considered to have originated in Germany. It was known as Pudel which refers to ‘water splasher’, referring to the water retriever role it played in the region. This dog was also used in France in 1400s and it performed the role of being a companion, truffles sniffer, gun dog, water dog and retrieving waterfowls. Poodle is considered the descendant of the Hungarian Water Hound and The Barbet (a water dog of the French, though now extinct). Authorities opine that the Standard Poodle is the oldest one among the three types as it was used in ancient times for hunting.
The hair cut of the poodle has offered it a “sissy” reputation but it is not a fragile dog. It is a friendly dog that loves to run and be active. It is very affectionate with its family and loves to please them. However they are not friendly with strangers.
- Activity level: 4/5 (outgoing and active)
- Intelligence level: 5/5 (quick learner)
- Curiosity: 4/5 (very curious about new things at home)
- Friendliness: 3.5/5 (friendly only with family and other pets at home)
- Vocal: 3/5 (barks only when needed)
The Poodle has an athletic body that is squarely built, which offers it an agile and elegant look. The well proportioned body allows the dog to move with an air of dignity. When the coat is clipped in an authentic manner, it offers its personality a dignified and distinct look.
- Fur: The Poodle has a double coat and the outer coat is curly with a harsh texture, is very dense and corded in different lengths. The undercoat is woolly and very dense.
- Eyes: It has oval shaped eyes that are dark, while the dog that has brown or apricot-colored coat has dark amber colored eyes.
- Body structure: The Poodle has a long muzzle, rounded head and a levelled top line with widely set ears that lie close to the head. It also has a docked tail and a springy gait that allows it to walk with pride. A fully grown standard poodle has a height of 15 inches.
- Facial features: The face of a poodle has an alert and intelligent expression.
- Weight: The male weighs between 20 kgs to 32 kgs while the female weighs between of 20 kgs to 27 kgs.
Being a robust breed, the Poodle is less prone to genetic issues when compared to other breeds as it is not over bred like other small sized dogs. However, some of these dogs might have health issues like ear infections as the heavy coat of this breed does not allow good air circulation. Some genetic conditions that some dogs might suffer from are PRA or Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Cushing’s disease, Patellar luxation and Addison’s disease which can be detected when the vet performs a DNA test.
Thos dog demands extensive grooming which includes regular bathing, ear canal cleaning, regular hair cuts, checking for mites and thorough grooming, if intended for show purpose.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely.
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