Few dogs make such an impression on us as Poodles do. This ancient breed is one of the most recognizable dog breeds, and also one of the most versatile. Get to know the Poodle, and you’re sure to be hooked.
6 Cool Poodle Facts
The Poodle is An Ancient Breed
Believe it or not, Poodles have been around for thousands of years. Depictions of Poodle-like dogs adorn both Roman and Egyptian artifacts dating back to the first centuries B.C. It is believed that what we now know as a Standard Poodle was further refined in Germany though it has become extremely popular in other countries. The dogs are so popular in France that the country named the Poodle their official dog. This designation is why many people believe the common misconception that Poodles are French.
Poodles Were Orginally Bred For Hunting
Say what? Yes! The name Poodle comes from the German pudel, or puddle and refers to dogs splashing in puddles of water. The Poodle was originally bred to fetch waterfowl while out on hunting trips. The first Poodles were all larger dogs weighing from forty up to seventy pounds. We now know this size Poodle as the Standard Poodle.
Smaller Poodles were bred together to create the two smaller varieties of Poodle: the Miniature, and the Toy Poodle. Miniature Poodles stand eleven to fifteen inches tall and weigh fifteen to seventeen pounds, and were once used to sniff out truffles in European forests. Toy Poodles weigh in at a mere six to nine pounds and stand only up to ten inches tall. The Toy Poodle is simply a companion dog. In fact, much like the “purse dogs” of today, Toy Poodles used to be carried people’s sleeves during the Renaissance, earning them the nickname “sleeve dogs.”
That Hair-Do Serves A Purpose!
There are several acceptable hairstyles for proper Poodles, but the more recognizable “lion cut” serves a very important purpose. The “fluff balls” of hair are designed to keep a dog’s joints and vital organs warm while splashing around in cold water. The hair on the rest of his body is kept clipped short to avoid matting or tangling. Poodles’ hair is different from most other dogs in that it is truly hair and not fur. Poodles’ coats, much like hair, will grow to an infinite length if left unchecked. In fact, Poodle coats will grow into cords much like dreadlocks if they do not receive regular grooming. The cords then become matted and tangled, which pose severe health problems to the dog.
Poodles Are a Little Bit High Maintenance
Poodles require a lot of grooming because of their unusual coats. Most Poodle owners either resign themselves to taking their dog to a professional groomer every three to six weeks, or learn the grooming techniques themselves. In addition to the regular trips to the groomer, Poodles also require daily brushing. Poodles also tend to have weepy eyes. To properly care for a Poodle, you must also wipe his face and eye area daily to avoid stains on the coat. You should also help care for your Poodle’s teeth by feeding him dental treats and brushing his teeth regularly.
Poodles Are Allergy-Friendly!
The unique Poodle coat doesn’t shed the same way other dogs do. Because of this, they are considered hypoallergenic, or much easier to live with for allergy sufferers. Their special hair has also made them a popular candidate for crossbreeding. By crossing with a Poodle, breeders are hoping to get a dog that exhibits whatever characteristics they like about their breed while obtaining the hypoallergenic coat of the Poodle. Another bonus to the differences in their coats is that Poodles are odorless compared to other dog breeds. So if you don’t like stinky dogs, think about adopting a Poodle!
Poodles Make Great Family Dogs
Poodles are very people-friendly dogs. They love to be with their families and spend time in the home. Standard and Miniature Poodles make great pets for families. Toy Poodles are better in homes that have older children, as they are very delicate little guys. Poodles, in general, are very smart and easily trained. They are deceptively athletic, too! Even though they look like powder puffs, even the little ones are powerhouses. Their heritage in the hunting world allows them to excel at sports such as agility, obedience, and hunting trials. Or just jogging around the block, if that’s your thing. One thing Poodles definitely do not like is being left alone, or being bored. They are highly active and want to be with you!
Poodles are a wonderful, diverse breed. Because they come in three different sizes, there truly is a Poodle for everyone! Have you hugged a Poodle lately?