The Poodle, though often equated to
the beauty with no brains, is exceptionally smart, active and excels
in obedience training. He is also the only breed that comes in three
size varieties. This size choice may be why the Poodle is one of the
most popular breeds according to AKC® Registration Statistics
AKCŪ Registration Statistics. Poodles can be a variety of
solid colors, including white, black, apricot and gray, but never parti-colored.
A Look Back
The breed originated in Germany as a water retriever. The stylish "Poodle
clip" was designed by hunters to help the dogs move through the
water more efficiently. The patches of hair left on the body are meant
to protect vital organs and joints which are susceptible to cold. The
Standard variety is the oldest of the three varieties. The Miniature
variety may have been used for truffle hunting. The Toy Poodle was often
used in performances and circuses.
Right Breed for You?
The Poodle can accommodate nearly any size living quarters. His hypoallergenic
coat may reduce allergic reactions, but requires regular professional
grooming. The Poodle is an active breed and requires daily exercise.
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There are a variety of resources
to help you learn about the Poodle and its many dimensions. Some of our
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