Poodle – endearing Frenchman with lots of wit
Its beauty makes it a star at exhibitions, but the agile poodle is anything but a fashion dog: intelligent, sporty and people friendly, the lovable dog is suitable as a family member as well as for responsible dog jobs. Whether you opt for the tiny toy poodle or an impressive large poodle is of secondary importance. This special breed enchants in all dimensions and colour variants.
From duck hunter to companion dog
In England for a long time now, poodles have been one of the most popular dog breeds. The word poodle is derived from the old German word for puddling, meaning splashing in water. A reference to the early use of the poodle, as hunting dogs they were used to retrieve waterfowl. France is however considered as the country of origin for these marvellous pedigree dogs. At the end of 19th Century, fine society began to take an interest in the poodle, and soon enough the dog with the slightly prancing gait became a fashionable dog for women.
Character of the Poodle
The character of the poodle is an irresistible mixture of intelligence, charm and zeal, great friendliness and conviviality. The poodle tries to connect with its people and wants to be with them everywhere. Thanks to these properties, the poodle is also used as a talented utility guide and protective dog, as well as a rescue dog. They also have a penchant for self-expression and show talent, they love to please and be recognised, which is perhaps why they are so content with being entered into pedigree shows.
Education and keeping of the poodle
The friendliness and intelligence of the poodle make them an easily trained dog. Power and stubbornness are rather alien to them, but nevertheless, they require stimulation and utilisation while at your side. With a poodle, you will find a persistent jogging partner who is enthusiastic about agility, obedience and above all retrieving. When it comes to keeping, you should always make sure that your poodle doesn’t get bored, this is because under challenged animals can become a real nuisance and this most certainly applies to poodles. Although they are attentive pets, they do have limited guarding capabilities, they are more suited as a companion and this translates to the city or the countryside, as long as they get adequate walks wherever they are. Since the poodles' skin is not hairy they are also suitable for allergy sufferers.
Sizes of different poodles
A speciality of the poodle is that there are four different sizes in which the dog appears. The smallest, so-called toy poodle comes in at around 24-28cm and weighs between 2 and 4kg, minuscule compared to the king poodle which reaches a shoulder height of 60cm and weighs between 18 and 25kg.
Care of the poodle
The pretty curly fur of the poodle needs special care that goes far beyond occasional grooming: you have to brush the dog daily and, which is only necessary in exceptional cases with other breeds, also regularly bathe. You should entrust the taming of the rapidly growing wool to an experienced dog groomer every two months, or you should acquire the appropriate skill with the trimmer.
- Breed: Poodle
- Origin: France
- Classification: Companion and utility dogs
- Size - Toy poodle: 24-28cm
- Size - Miniature poodle: 28-35cm
- Size - Small Poodle: 35-45cm
- Size - King poodle: 40-60cm
- Weight - Toy poodle: 2-4kg
- Weight - Miniature poodle: 3.5-6kg
- Weight - Small poodle: 7-12kg
- Weight - King poodle: 18-25kg
- Anatomy: Athletic with short back, high tail, narrow muzzle
- Eyes: Slightly sloping
- Ears: Lop ears
- Fur and colour: Woolly structure, ruffled, fine. Colours; black, white, brown, grey, apricot, reddish, Rarely two-tone, no hair on skin
- Particularities: Four sizes and two fur types: wool and lace poodle
- Character: Agile, docile, intelligent, friendly and loyal
- Maintenance:Elaborate grooming, daily brushing, regular bathing, bimonthly shearing