Poodles, an introduction
France is recognized as the official origin of Poodles. Poodles came from a nearly extinct French water dog, the Barbet and most likely the Hungarian Water Hound. It is believed that the name “Poodle” comes from the German word “Pudel,” which means one who plays in water. At first, Poodles were used in Germany and France as gun dogs. In France, Poodles are called “Caniche,” or duck dogs. Poodles have been used to sniff out truffles in the woods. The French noted the Poodle’s intelligence and trainability and used them as circus performers. Toy Poodles became favorites amongst royalty particularly in the 18th century. Full sized poodles, while graceful and beautiful are very powerful and capable hunting dogs and can be used to take down medium to large game. Although Poodles are smart enough to do anything, they are now usually just companions and show dogs.
Poodles are known to be elegant and standard ones are medium or large in size. Generally, they have well-groomed curly coats. Both their heads and their muzzles are long. Their teeth are aligned and they form a strong scissor bite. Their ears are floppy and hang close to their heads. Their tails are normally cropped to half of its original length. Poodles can range in color but they’re usually solid colored. Oftentimes, Poodles look differently depending upon their haircuts. Male Standard Poodles can weigh anywhere from 45-70 pounds while female Standard Poodles weigh 45-60 pounds. Toy Poodles are much smaller and usually are in the 10-15 lb range.
Poodles are elegant, dignified, and good-natured dogs. They are highly intelligent and trainable which is why they’re popular as show dogs. Standard Poodles are happy and sensitive and calmer then smaller Poodles. They hate being along, they have to be with people most of the time. They are great with children and very friendly to everyone else. They are also good with other dogs. They can serve as great guard dogs and can be trained as hunters if desired.
Poodles actually have a long average life span but they are prone to some genetic diseases. Cataracts and retinal Atrophy can cause blindness, allergies and skin conditions are also common. However, these can be partially prevented with good grooming. Hip dysplasia, runny eyes, and ear infections are also common amongst Poodles. They are prone to Von Wellebrand’s Disease as well. Poodles are prone to bloat so it is wise to feed your Poodle 2-3 small meals per day opposed to one large one. After meals is not a good time for playing or other serious activity. A little bit of rest after a meal is a good thing. Poodles enjoy exercising so at least a small yard is ideal. They are not very active indoors so it is necessary to take daily walks with Poodles. A short walk in the morning and a longer one in the afternoon are ideal. It is good for them and good for you too. Poodles even like to swim so you can substitute one of those walks with a good swim. They will stay healthier and be happier if they are given the opportunity to run and play in a safely enclosed area. Standard Poodles are athletic with great stamina and require more exercise than small Poodles. Generally, extensive grooming can be necessary. Poodles are great for people with allergies because they are not shedders!