The gregarious Poodle is generally believed to have originated in Germany. The Poodle reached the height of its popularity in the 18th century French royal court resulting in the common misconception that it is a French breed. Initially utilized as a water retriever and a traveling circus dog, the Poodle of today is best known primarily as a companion dog.
The Poodle is available in three varieties… Standard, Miniature and Toy. All varieties are judged by the same standards with the only differentiating factor being size. The small size of the miniature Poodle belies its sturdy, athletic nature.
Known as affectionate and loyal, the miniature Poodle is the perfect lap dog. Poodles are one of the most intelligent of dog breeds, and can become bored quite easily. This can translate into them getting into trouble to amuse themselves, so be careful!
This breed makes a great family pet if socialized early. They are very people-oriented and love spending time with their family. They are a very cheerful dog and pick up commands and tricks with amazing ability, which many children delight in. Many owners report their poodle understanding speech with an almost human-like ability.
Poodles do tend to be barkers, but they make a great watchdog. They don't require a ton of exercise, but they do love playing and going on walks. They also love water, so a trip down to the lake is always appreciated!
This breed does require regular grooming, but they shed very little so they're great for allergy sufferers.
The Poodle was first registered with the AKC in 1887. For more information on this fascinating little breed visit the Poodle Club of America
website at www.poodleclubofamerica.org
or the American Kennel Club
. If you would like to help save a life an adopt a poodle, you can visit Poodle Rescue and Adoption
website or PetFinder.com
||between 10 inches and 15 inches tall
||15 to 17 pounds
||All solid colors
||Thick, wire, curly top coat with a woolly undercoat.
||The coat requires extensive grooming. It is clipped and scissored.
||FCI, AKC, KCGB, CKC, UKC, ANKC