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Poodle |Germany|

Poodle |Germany|

Poodles are found in three sizes—Standard, Miniature, and Toy—but all share similar traits and can make excellent family pets. The breed is noted for its loyalty and intelligence. They are delightful with their loved ones, but can be standoffish with strangers, and are typically charismatic and full of character. Although the breed requirement for the Standard Poodle is over 15 inches in height, most Standard Poodles range from 20–26 inches and weigh up to 55 pounds. This breed is commonly thought of as French and rarely as a gun dog. However, with their great intelligence, Poodles make excellent gun dogs and their origins trace back to Germany, where they were originally bred as water-retrieving dogs—a role at which they still excel.

History

Poodles derive their name from the German word pudel, meaning to “splash in water,” and are believed to share a similar heritage to other water-retrieving breeds, such as the Portuguese Water Dog, Irish Water Spaniel, Hungarian Water Hound, and French Barbet. The Poodle became popular in France during the eighteenth century, where it was known as the Chien Canard, meaning “duck dog.” France became the breed’s surrogate home, and the French Fédération Cynologique Internationale recognizes France as the breed’s country of origin.

Poodle puppies under one year old can be shown in a “puppy clip”: the coat is long except for the face, throat, feet, and the base of the tail, which are shaved. The classic poodle tail has a distinctive “pompom” on the end.

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From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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