Dog Poodle: traits, characteristics and origin

Originally bred in Germany as a type of water dog, the breed was standardized in France. The poodle is skillful in many dog sports, including agility, obedience, tracking, and even herding. Poodles have taken top honors in many conformation shows, including "Best in Show" at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in 1991 and 2002, and at the World Dog Show in 2007 and 2010.


CategoryUp to 50 lbs
Country of originFrance
Other namesPudle, Barbone

The poodle is a group of formal dog breeds: the Standard Poodle, Miniature Poodle and Toy Poodle, with many coat colors. The poodle is an active, intelligent and elegant dog, squarely built, and well proportioned. To ensure the desirable squarely built appearance, the length of body measured from the breastbone to the point of the rump approximates the height from the highest point of the shoulders to the ground. The eyes should be very dark, oval in shape, and have an alert and intelligent expression. The ears should fold over close to the head, set at, or slightly below, eye level. The coat should be of naturally curly texture, dense throughout, although most AKC-registered show dogs have a lion-cut or other, similarly shaven look.


The poodle is believed to have originated in Germany, where it was known as the Pudelhund. Pudel (cognate with the English word "puddle"), is derived from the Low German verb meaning "to splash about", and the word Hund in German means "dog" (cognate with "hound"). The breed was standardized in France, where it was commonly used as a water retriever. Due to the breeds popularity in France, it became established as its national breed. Poodles have been used as working dogs in the military since at least the 17th century. During WWII, Roland Kilbon of the New York Sun, reported that other countries had used dogs in their armies for many years.


Classified as highly energetic, poodles can also get bored fairly easily, and have been known to get creative about finding mischief: they require walks, toys, and games of fetch regularly to remain happy. A typical poodle of any size should be reserved with strangers upon first introduction, but as the dog lets it guard down and gets to know the individual the dog should slowly reveal a warm and personable disposition with a jolly sense of humor. Of the three types, Standard Poodles are the most highly recommended for families with children. They have a kindly demeanor and a love of playing games.


A Poodle is a wonderful choice for a pet! They are intelligent, loyal and affectionate, making them a great companion for the whole family. They also have a great sense of humor and can be quite entertaining. When it comes to taking care of a Poodle, they require regular grooming, exercise and health care. Regular brushing and combing is important to keep their coat healthy and to prevent matting and tangling. Exercise is also important to keep them fit and healthy. Make sure to take them on regular walks and provide plenty of playtime. It's also important to provide them with proper nutrition. Feed them a high-quality diet that is specifically formulated for their age, size and activity level. Talk to your vet about the best food for your poodle. Finally, make sure to socialize your poodle properly. Introduce them to different people and other animals, and take them to obedience classes to help them learn proper manners. With the right care and attention, your poodle will be a loyal and loving companion for years to come.


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