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Tip of the Month

4/24/2009 Breed Spotlight - The Poodle

The Poodle

Poodle - Breed Spotlight

Breed Characteristics

According to the AKC “Dog Registration Statistics,” the Poodle was the 9th most popular breed in the United States in 2008. The Poodle comes in three size varieties, and a variety of colors, including white, black apricot, and grey but never parti-colored. Poodles are elegant in appearance, very active and intelligent. The Poodle is well-proportioned in its body stature. The sizes of the official AKC recognized Poodle breeds are determined by height, not weight. The Toy Poodle stands at 10 inches or under at the highest point of the shoulders, also known as the withers. The Miniature Poodle can stand anywhere over 10 inches and up to 15 inches at the withers. Lastly, the Standard Poodle will stand anywhere over 15 inches at the highest point of the shoulders. The various sizes and colors may be some of the reasons why the Poodle was chosen as one of the most popular breeds in 2008. You can find many colors and sizes of Poodles at a breed-specific dog rescue near you.

Poodle History & Characteristics

Poodles have been known throughout Western Europe over the last 400 years. The origin of the breed has been controversial over the years. According to breed historians the Poodle originated in Germany with some influence from Russia, not France like many believe. Poodles were not recognized by England until 1874, when The Kennel Club of England registered its first Poodle. The Poodle was used as a water retriever by hunters, who were known to train dogs to help them retrieve their game. The "Poodle clip," also known as the “Lion-Style” or the “Continental Clip,” was designed by hunters to help the dogs move more efficiently through the water. The patches of hair left on the body are meant to protect vital organs and joints which are susceptible to cold. The Poodle is one of the only breeds of dog with a hypo-allergenic coat. This makes them very popular for individuals that have an allergy to dogs. When properly clipped in the traditional fashion and carefully groomed, the Poodle has about him an air of distinction and dignity particular to himself.

Poodle Training Tips

A professional dog trainer will give you more insight into the breed’s distinctive character and how to properly motivate them. The Poodle belongs to the non-sporting group; breeds in this category are usually hard to motivate. The Poodle also has some common characteristics of the sporting group. This is why it is important to consult a professional when readying your Poodle for dog obedience . Your dog trainer will be able to fully assess and evaluate what drives and motivates your Poodle. Some are very hyper and distractible while others are very calm and docile. If you are looking for a versatile dog with a vast history that is well-suited for both those living in apartments as well as those with acres to spare, the Poodle could be the dog for you. While the Poodle requires frequent grooming, focused dog training, and daily exercise, he has been a popular companion dog for centuries.


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