Discover the magnificent world of poodles

Many people are amazed with Poodles perhaps because of this breed’s elegance and astounding personality. Who wouldn’t be amazed with this proud dog with non-shedding and hypoallergenic hair that comes in variety of colors? Knowing more about Poodles will definitely make you love and appreciate this breed even better.

There is an on-going issue about this breed’s true country of origin. Some experts believe that Poodles originated from France, others believe that they are from Russia or Iberia. Still others mention Germany since the breed’s name has German origins. The word poodle comes from the German word Pudel, short for Pudelhound. Pudelhound means splashing dog, signifying this breed’s characteristic as water dog.

The US, UK and Canada recognize three sizes of this breed: standard, miniature and toy. The standard Poodle should be more than 15 inches in height. The miniature Poodle should be 10 to 15 inches at the highest point of the shoulder while the toy Poodle is 10 inches or under. The non-shedding and hypoallergenic hair (hair, not fur!) is classified into various styles: show clips, puppy clip, english saddle, continental, sporting and also pet clips. A Poodle may also have corded coat however, corded Poodles are now rare. The coat color may be blue, gray, silver, brown, black, apricot, white, cafe-au-lait, red and cream. Parti-color or multi-color also exist but is disqualified to appear in some show ring and performance rings. This squarely built animal has strong neck carrying the long head with dignity. The eyes are oval and dark with ears hanging close to the head.

Poodles are very active, alert and intelligent dogs that carry themselves proudly. Since highly energetic, they do get bored easily. They need daily exercise to keep them fit as well as prevent boredom-associated behaviors. They would love to walk, play ball and fetch. Just like most dogs, Poodles are eager to please their master and love to be around people.

Standard Poodle has a lifespan of 12 years while miniature and toy Poodles can live for up to 14 years. Some toy Poodles can even live for up to 17 years. They are indeed long lived breed. But despite that, they are still subject to some health issues. The most common among standard Poodles are Addison’s disease, gastric dilation volvulus, thyroid issues, epilepsy, hip dysplasia and cancer. Other health problems affecting Poodles are cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy, skin problems, diabetes and heart disease.

So if you want a Poodle be it a toy, standard or miniature Poodle, make sure that you understand much about the breed. They are not just all about elegant coat and dignified looks, they are animals that need your care, time and love.