Poodle (Standard)

Poodle (Standard)

Country of origin: France
Registries: AKC, UKC, CKC
Occupation: Retriever,
Size: 15+ in tall; 50 to 75 lbs
Longevity: 12 to 14 years
Exercise: Vigorous daily
Training: Needs to be
Grooming: Difficult
Colors: Any solid colour

Don’t let those frivolous cuts deceive you. The Poodle has acquired the unfortunate image of an over-groomed fashion accessory, but the breed’s names and its modern temperament tell a different story. Poodle probably comes from the old low German pudeln, to paddle or splash, and the French name of Caniche means “duck dog”. This is a retrieving dog bred to work in water, and the elaborate “lion” clip of the coat was originally created to reduce water resistance, while still affording some insulation against cold water around the chest and the joints in the legs. Although some registries regard this breed’s home as France, where it is held in great affection and also called the Barbone, the evidence points to these curly-coated dogs originating in Germany in the Middle Ages and then influencing French breeds such as the Barbet, rather than the other way round. The Standard Poodle scores consistently high in canine “intelligence” tests, is amenable to training, goodtempered around children, and is still a working dog underneath it all. This breed is remarkably healthy. The only significant condition Poodles suffer from more than other dogs is the skin complaint sebaceous adenitis, which can be mistaken for allergy or other skin diseases. Stomach bloat, hip dysplasia, and various late-onset cancers are also potential concerns, but remain relatively rare. This is a superb breed, one of the best for urban or rural families.



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