Poodles, who are one of the oldest known dog breeds, are unique and popular dogs that are very intelligent and easy to train. They are good with kids and other pets, especially if they are introduced at a young age. There are several varieties of Poodle known today, such as the Toy Poodle, the Miniature and the Standard. They all have dense and curly coats that can be rough and wiry, and can come in almost any color. They have great personalities, but can be pretty high maintenance and are also predisposed to quite a few serious diseases. However, their loving and loyal temperaments are worth the extra grooming trouble!
When it comes to dog breeds, everyone knows the Poodle. The Poodle is actually one of the oldest breeds ever developed. It is thought that they originated from Germany, but have become the distinct breed that we know today in France. It took a combination of several European dogs, like the Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Hungarian and French water dogs, to create the Poodle. It is also thought that the North African Barbet is amongst the list of ancestors of this breed. Another possibility is that these dogs were descendants of Asia herding dogs, and became the German Water dog while being brought around with the Ostrogoth and German Goth tribes. Yet another possible theory is that this dog breed has ancestors from the Asian steppes, dogs who, along with the Moors in the 8th century, ended up in Portugal after conquering the North African Berbers. There have also been some statues and drawings of similar looking dogs found in Roman artifacts and Egyptian tombs which date back to the first century B.C. Although the exact time is unknown, it is thought that the smaller versions of this breed, such as the Toy and Miniature Poodles, were created in the 1400s, and with the purpose of impressing the Parisian Bourgeoise. These smaller versions of the breed were not created by crossing poodles with smaller breeds, however, and were instead made by breeding small poodles with each other. The Standard and Miniature dogs of this breed were used in the French culture for duck hunting and discovering truffles, respectively. The toy Poodle was kept as a companion pet, mostly for wealthy merchants and nobility. It was the gypsies who began training the Poodles to be circus dogs, often having specific coat shapes and colors and used to perform impressive tricks. In 1874 and 1888, the Kennel Club of England and the American Kennel Club registered their first Poodle. The Poodle Club of America was founded in 1896 but was then disbanded and recreated in 1931.
These dogs, with their dense, curly and wiry coats can be trimmed and manipulated into almost any fun shapes and designs. Poodles are elegant, well proportioned and squarely built. They have long muzzles and round skulls with a slight stop. Their ears will hang close to the head and are wideset. The Poodle’s eyes will either be any dark color, or a dark amber color, depending on the coat color and will be oval-shaped. These regal dogs have level toplines and long, elegant necks. They have long legs and tails that are half of the original length, as they are usually docked. The coat can be of almost any color, such as black, white, brown, blue, cream, apricot, gray, cafe-au-lait and silver. Parti colored Poodles also exist, and will have two-toned coats. The eye rims and noses will be either black or liver, again depending on what color coat the dog has.
Poodles will do well in any type of home, whether it be an apartment or ranch house, as long as they get enough exercise and affection. It is also important to be careful with training, as they can just as easily learn bad habits as good ones and will not easily forget them. 1.5 to 3 cups of food divided into two separate meals per day would most likely be a good amount for these dogs. Although they do not shed, they can be quite high maintenance. They will need to be groomed every three to six weeks or more often, even if it is trimmed short, and it will most likely need to be done by a professional, unless you have the time and patience to do it yourself. You will need quality scissors, electric clippers and blades, a comb and brush and nail clippers. Besides these major grooming sessions, they will still need to be brushed daily. They will also need to be bathed and the coat trimmed at regular intervals. Poodles will often get tear stains and will need to be wiped around the face and eyes every day using a dampened washcloth with warm water or an alcohol-free pet wipe. The ears should also be wiped using a damp cotton ball once a week. The teeth should be brushed once or twice a week as well, although it would be best if done every day. Nails should be trimmed once or twice a month, unless they wear down on their own.