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 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 AKC® Registration Statistics.
Poodles can be a variety of solid colors.
But never particolored
The Standard variety is the oldest of the three types. The Miniature variety may have been used for truffle hunting. The Toy Poodle was often used in performances and circuses.
The 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.