Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Breed spotlight: Poodle

The Poodle is an exceptionally smart dog breed that often competes with the Border Collie for top position in lists of dog intelligence. This friendly breed sheds next to nothing, comes in three sizes, and welcomes all sorts of activities.

Poodles are the national dogs of France, but the breed is actually believed to come from Germany originally. The standard poodle is the oldest version that was bred down to Miniature and Toy sizes. The words “standard,” “miniature,” and “toy” are only used to describe the size - all Poodles are one breed.

These dogs were originally water retrievers, and the traditional haircut was designed to help the dogs swim more efficiently. The patches of hair were intended to protect vital organs and joints. There are many different ways to trim the Poodles’ hair.

Poodles are active dogs and need exercise to stay happy. They do great in many dog sports, as service dogs, and even as circus performers.

~ Maria Sadowski ~

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