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The Poodle is a very intelligent dog breed that comes in a variety of sizes. You can get a toy Poodle, medium or large Poodle in a variety of coat colors. The Poodle was bred as a gundog with good swimming ability. The Poodle excels in all work related tasks such as agility, hunting or even herding. Some Poodle owners trim their Poodle’s coat in fashionable styles as seen often to dog shows.

Character and behavior
The Poodle is among the most intelligent dog breeds in the world and the Poodle is easy to train and will excel at any task you want to train it for such as agility or hunting. The Poodle is also an energetic dog that remains playful throughout the years.

The Poodle makes a great family dog and is patient and good with children. You do need to provide the Poodle with a good deal of exercise for it to be calm and balanced. Because of the dog’s intelligence the Poodle will find negative outlets for its energy such as rearranging your clothes or furniture if the dog isn’t exercised and stimulated on a daily basis.

The Poodle is affectionate, social and eager to please its owner. The Poodle will bond with its entire family and not just an individual.

History of the breed
The Poodle was initially bred as a hunting dog but the dog’s intelligence and interesting look also made the Poodle a popular circus dog or pet for wealthy families. Some experts are of the opinion that the Poodle originally was bred in France but others think it originates from Russia or Germany. Most agree that the French continued honing the breed to its present day form. The French word for Poodle is “caniche”.

A lot of famous people has owned Poodles. Among some of them are:

  • Winston Churchill had a Poodle named Rufus.
  • The actor Patrick Swayze had a Poodle named Derek.
  • The Author John Steinbeck had a Poodle named Charley
  • The singer Joss Stone had a Poodle named Dusty Springfield.

Appearance, grooming and health
The Poodle’s coat can get lighter or darker over the years and the curly coat hardly sheds at all. You will need to trim the Poodle from time to time as the coat hairs grow. Most Poodles has only a single color in the coat. It’s forbidden to crop the tail of the Poodle in many European countries but it was a common practice in earlier years.

The Poodle is a good choice for people with allergies as the Poodle only has one layer of coat and hardly sheds.

Preparing a Poodle for a dog show is a daunting task and the trim must be kept on a weekly basis. If your Poodle has a less demanding trim you can trim it every eighth week. It’s easy to trim a Poodle yourself if you have the correct gear.

What you should know about the Poodle dog breed:

  • The Poodle is an energetic, easy to train and highly intelligent dog breed
  • Has a short and curly coat that hardly sheds and is hypoallergenic
  • The Poodle comes in a variety of sizes from toy to large and the coat that comes in variety of colors
  • The Poodle needs a lot of exercise and is playful and energetic
  • Makes a good family dog that is friendly, affectionate and good with children
  • Be prepared to trim the coat once in a while
  • The Poodle may bark at perceived threats to alert its owner


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