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The Poodle

The poodle is a dog type that is categorized into the Standard, Miniature, and Toy poodles. They were prominent in the 17th century and their origin is still a subject of debate. The dog is popularly known to have originated from Germany. However, it has been controversially linked to the barbet dog from France. The poodle is also known as Pudelhund and Caniche.

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Poodles were originally bred in Germany as hunting dogs who worked with their owners in retrieving waterfowl. The Poodle is widely known to be the most intelligent dog breed in the world. They train with ease and enjoy one on one engagement with their human best friend. There are three types of Poodles that the American Kennel Club recognizes. The most common and well-known is the standard Poodle, followed by the Miniature Poodle, and then the Toy Poodle. Throughout the Poodle’s long history, they have been used in the breeding process for more than sixty other types of dogs.

Poodles are social and outgoing dogs that tend to have a warm demeanor. They are mentally alert and very observant of their surroundings. Poodles have a very eager-to-please personality and enjoy the praise they receive after mastering a new trick. This breed is an exceptional family dog and gets along well with children and other animals in the home. They also easily adjust to apartment-style or conventional-style homes.

The Poodle’s coat is naturally curly and coarse. It comes in nearly one dozen colors which include white, black, apricot, cream, and brown to name just a few. A unique feature of this dog’s coat is that it will grow until it is trimmed. This makes routine grooming very important. The most effective way to brush the Poodle’s fur is by first using a light mist of a detangler solution for dogs. Using a pin brush, gently brush its fur and work out any knots. A bi-weekly bath is also suggested, which will keep him looking and feeling his very best.

Poodles younger than four months in age should be provided with four meals a day. When they reach five months in age, they do best with three meals per day. At six months old, they should have two meals per day spaced apart in twelve-hour intervals. Poodles also require thorough and routine teeth cleaning. It is suggested that they have their teeth brushed at least three times every week.

  • The largest Poodle is the Standard Poodle who stands between fifteen and twenty-two inches tall.
  • The Standard Poodle weighs forty-five to seventy pounds.
  • The mid-sized Poodle, also known as a Miniature Poodle, tends to stand eleven to fifteen inches tall.
  • The Miniature Poodle weighs between fifteen and twenty pounds.
  • The third type of Poodle, known as the Toy Poodle, generally grows to about ten inches tall.
  • The Toy Poodle weighs a mere six to nine pounds.
  • Each of these Poodles has an average life expectancy of twelve to fifteen years.

Fact: Poodles were originally bred in Germany, not France, as many believe.

Fact: This breed is considered to be the most intelligent breed of dog in the world.

Fact: Poodles are excellent swimmers.

Frequently Asked Questions

It is okay to neuter a poodle. However, it is only appropriate to neuter mature dogs

Yes, poodles are affectionate and loving, good with family, but they can be aggressive to outsiders.

6 months is an ideal age to get your toy poodle neutered. Its all about maturity, male toy poodles can take 6 to 7 weeks while females 7 to 12 months to reach the age for neutering.

After washing, leaving the dog to dry out naturally will return its hair to its natural curly structure

Poodles require professional grooming every 3weeks. The tangles in the dog’s coat cannot be rushed when care is given. Therefore, grooming a poodle requires careful and judicious effort.

This is dependent on you; poodles can be adopted from 8weeks if you can care well enough for them.

All dogs shed hair. However, the poodle sheds less than most breeds. Its shedding is not enough to trigger any allergies

Poodles are loving. They wouldn’t have any problem with children. This ability goes for all types of poodle.

Yes, the poodle loves to swim. They were originally bred as water retrievers in France and Germany

Poodles are observant; easily alert to whatever goes on around them. So a poodle has to the tendency to bark at the slightest observations it makes

Poodles are great for hunting game, don’t be deceived by the appearance. They are also energetic and intelligent. The poodle is a good dog breed that is beautiful and strong. They are good companion dogs but require a great deal of grooming.

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