Poodle History

By: Lisa A Collins

It is widely known that the Poodle is one of the most intelligent breeds when it comes to the canine. Not only are they interesting and responsive but they also provide their owners with a consistent companion that doesn't cause much trouble. Due to their excellent talent and versatility the Poodle has a high aptitude for learning.

The breed actually originated in Germany, despite the popular belief that the breed originated in France. The breed is closely related to the old water dog known as the Pudel especially when it comes to the coat and body form.

Although no longer bred as a sporting dog the Poodle still has an eager fondness for water that is still displayed on occasion, as the breed was once trained to retrieve waterfowl. The history of the breed itself isn't the only thing to consider. There is a history behind the appearance of the standard poodle cut with the tufts of hair left on the thighs and around the feet.

The Poodle is most known for their hair cut, which features a trim on the face, legs and body while leaving tufts of hair on the thighs and rings of hair on the feet. It is not known what the exact origin of this hair cut and custom is, but this type of cut does help to reduce the labor of daily grooming for those who have the Poodle as a house pet. This means that the owner of a Poodle can easily maintain the coat in good condition so the dog can remain healthy and good in appearance.

The hair can twist into cords and continue to grow if the Poodle coat isn't brushed constantly. The entwining of the new and unshed hairs then results in a rope like cord. This cord can then cause discomfort and a lack of freedom in the animal's movement if left untrimmed. This is why you want to maintain a short hair cut for your Poodle, although this doesn't mean you have to maintain the standard Poodle cut.

The curly haired Poodle has advanced the most throughout time when it comes to popularity. The Poodle makes a pleasant companion due to their smart and clean appearance as long as they are brushed and combed regularly with the occasional washing. Black, white, brown and blue are the most common colors of the Poodle.

The white Poodle is considered the most intelligent and is often preferred by many professional trainers. The black Poodle is next when it comes to intelligences while the brown and blue Poodles are considered to be lacking in character. The curly coated Poodles have improved since the early 1900's and today many fine specimens of the breed can be found.

Also gaining in popularity recently has been the toy poodle. These dogs are no more than fifteen inches in height at the shoulder and should look exactly like a miniature version of the full-sized dog, following the same official standards as the full sized Poodle.

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About the author: Lisa A Collins is an avid lover of the Poodle and owns a popular website where you'll discover how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Poodle. Among other topics at this website, you will find out more about Poodle types plus a whole lot more.

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