The Poodle is one of the most popular dog breeds in America. This breed is a popular show dog and household companion these days. People might think that it has always been a pampered dog breed, walking around with this continental clip haircut. But the Poodle was originally bred to do actual work as a water retriever and gun dog, and possibly a herding dog, too.
This intelligent, elegant, and friendly dog breed has a lot of qualities many people find desirable in a pet. Find out if the Poodle is the breed you are looking for.
Poodle Dog and Puppies
What is a Poodle?
The Poodle is one of the most intelligent dog breeds. It is unofficial but this breed is considered second in rank among intelligent dogs right after the Border Collie. This breed is highly trainable and can potentially excel in many fields. It can work as an assistance dog and service dog, or be trained as an athlete for different dog sports.
Where does the Poodle come from?
The origin of the Poodle is not very clear. But the development of the breed is mostly credited to Germany and France. In Germany, it is known as the Pudelhund. It is called Caniche in France, where it is honored as the national dog breed.
Even though the place of origin is unclear, it could be surmised the Poodle is an old working dog breed mostly used as a water retriever. The standard size variant has more credit to the water retrieving background. The smaller size variants were developed more for companionship—and probably truffle hunting.
What does a Poodle look like?
A Poodle carries itself with pride and elegance. Its expression is alert, intelligent, and friendly.
The Poodle has three recognized size variants but the breed standard is the same for all varieties.
A Poodle must have:
- A curly and wiry, dense coat, It comes in a variety of solid colors such as white, gray, blue, cream, apricot, etc.
- Very dark, oval-shaped eyes
- Well-feathered ears that hang closely to the head and are set at eye level (or slightly below eye level)
- A square-like body build
- Small, well-arched feet, which are oval-shaped
- A long, straight muzzle
Because of its unique coat texture, the Poodle can sport many hairstyles such as the continental clip, bikini clip, and puppy clip, among others.
What are the different types of Poodles?
Poodles come in three size types: standard, miniature, and toy. These types are used to describe the size only. All of them are under one breed, the Poodle, and follow the same standards required from the breed.
- Standard Poodles stand more than 15 inches at the withers and weigh about 20 kg to 31 kg.
- Miniature Poodles stand at the withers at 10 to 15 inches and weigh around 6 to 9 kg.
- Toy Poodles are much smaller. It stands around 10 inches at the withers and weighs around 2 kg to 4 kg.
What are Poodle dogs like?
Poodles are intelligent, active, fun-loving, and sociable dogs. Because they are smart and energetic, they need to do advanced, stimulating activities regularly.
They are highly trainable and respond well to positive training methods. They are eager to please their owners, which makes it easier for them to be trained. Not only can they easily keep up with lessons and routines, they have the potential to act on their own as well.
Their pleasant disposition makes them ideal household companions. They get along with children quite well and can live harmoniously with other pets if given the chance to adjust.
Are Poodles hypoallergenic?
Yes. The Poodle is considered a hypoallergenic dog breed.
But not one breed is completely non-allergenic. Some breeds are considered hypoallergenic because they shed considerably less than other dog breeds. This means they produce less dander, which is one of the common allergens. But there are other allergens which may trigger a reaction from allergy sufferers. It’s not exactly a 100 percent guarantee these people would not have an allergic reaction from ‘hypoallergenic’ breeds.
When does a Poodle stop growing?
- A standard Poodle can take around 2 years to reach its full height and weight.
- Meanwhile, a miniature Poodle can reach its adult size in 12 months.
- A toy Poodle may stop growing and finish filling out in 6 to 7 months.
The quality of food, genetics, and environment are some factors affecting growth rate. So, one puppy may grow at a different pace than another puppy.
Do Poodles need frequent grooming?
Yes. Poodles need to be groomed often. They don’t shed as often as other breeds and their hair continue to grow longer instead of falling off easily. But when they do shed, the hair is more likely to get tangled with the other hair instead of coming off. Matting can be a problem in this case, which is why Poodles need frequent grooming.
Regular grooming (includes bathing, trimming, and brushing) for Poodles has to be done every three to six weeks. Some owners choose to keep their Poodles’ coat short or shaved to minimize the need for grooming.
How much does a Poodle puppy cost?
Standard, Miniature, and Toy Poodle puppies cost around USD $600 to $1,000. Show quality Poodles cost more than $1,000 or even more than $2,000. Puppies bred from reputable breeders tend to cost more.
Are Poodle mixes good dogs?
Breeders create new lines from Poodles, hoping the puppies carry the desirable traits found in the breed—pleasant temperament, hypoallergenic coat, superb intelligence, and in some cases, manageable size.
‘Doodles’ are generally pleasant mixed breed dogs and they are getting more trendy these days. But popularity comes with a price and it can be easy to fall prey to a scam. Few breeders claim to have this awesome mixed breed bears all the fine qualities of a Poodle—but in fact, it doesn’t. Some mixes turn out to be aggressive. It is possible these mixes were inbred and were kept in poor condition by the breeders. Prospect owners need to tread carefully when choosing a Poodle mix.
So are Poodle mixes good dogs? They can be, if bred properly, moreover, treated with love and respect.
Learn more about the Poodle in this video by Petco:
The Poodle is, once again, one of the most popular dog breeds in the U.S. today—and for a good reason. This breed definitely has the fine qualities a lot of people want in a pet. It is smart, lively, elegant, and athletic. This dog is friendly enough to be around strangers and other pets and animals. Moreover, it does not shed a lot, which is great news for allergy sufferers.
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