1. An highly Intelligent Dog
Poodle is a famous dog breed that is available in different colors and sizes. It is often considered a highly intelligent dog, ranking second after a breed called Border Collie. As a dog breed, Poodle’s history is long. The breed originated from Germany where it was bred and used to hunt.
2. Great hunters in Water
During their use as hunting dogs in Germany, poodles were very good at catching prey in water. They were known to flush and remove waterfowl such as ducks. Original poodles are said to have been the size of today’s standard poodle. Their curly hair along with their hair cut, poodle clip, aided their movement in water. In extreme situations, the hair would protect the dog’s vital parts. Poodles were also raised to be great swimmers.
3. Poodle Sizes
Poodles come in many varying sizes. The variance is size is basically determined by how long they are at the shoulders or withers. According to the American Kennel Club, poodle sizes are basically in three categories. The Standard Poodle, which is more than 15 inches. The Miniature Poodle measures 10 to 15 inches and the Toy Poodle that is not more than 10 inches tall. These height measurements are taken from the top most part of the withers or shoulders.
4. Poodles Curly Hair
Generally, poodles have fur that is curly and one whose shedding is very minimal. This makes them great pets for people who have dog allergies. Their fur is typically one color and can be white, black, grey, red, brown and cream. However, poodles’ curly fur requires proper grooming to prevent it from becoming tangles and matted.
5. Energetic Dogs
Poodles make great pets but they are highly intelligent and energetic dogs that require a lot of exercise and attention. They can become stubborn at times but generally, they are great with children and obedient. Compared to other dogs, poodles are easier to housetrain.
6. National Dog in France
In France, the poodle is considered the national dog. The smaller, toy breed is said to have been bred for purposes of sniffing truffles out. Poodles have been famous since the 1500s and have a life span that varies depending on size. Toy poodles can live for up to 17 years while the standard poodle has a lifespan of about 11 years.
7. Poodle Crossbreeds
Poodles are crossbred with other breeds to create mixed breeds with fun names such as goldendoodle, cockapoo, labradoodle and pekapoo. In some cases, poodles are said to be hypoallergenic breeds because they shed very little fur/
8. Famous People with Poodle Pets
There are many popular people that kept poodles as pets. They include Winston Churchill whose poodle pet was called Rufus, Marie Antoinette, John Steinbeck whose pet was called Charley, Walt Disney, Marilyn Monroe and Maria Carey.
9. A Fierce, Athletic Dog
The poodle is not a supermodel dog, but it is fierce. It is not a dog that sits around to say it won’t get out of bed for anything less than 10000 dollars a day. Besides being pretty, smart and having great fluffy hair, it is an athletic dog. If utilized well, these skills can enable owners to have it earn its keep through water-retrieving and hunting.
10. Dog’s Hall of Fame
The Poodle is not a dog breed that is new to the doggy hall of fame. It has been famous for a long time. As an etch-worthy and noble dog, the poodle was featured on the Roman and Greek coins. The poodle may just have been the cause of war between these two great nations, who knows?