Poodle dogs were originally developed as a sporting dog that could be useful in both water and in hunting over land. Throughout their history they have been one of the most popular dogs around the world.
Although the poodle this elegant and charming toy dog breed is
considered the national dog of France, its development, according to reliable sources, originated in
Germany where it was known as Pudel and was involved in water sports and as a working dog.
Delving even further back into this breed's origins, evidence shows that the poodle,
or a very similar dog, was around during the 13th century. Their likeness has been found in portraits
and artifacts of that time period to support the claim.
Appearance - Toy Poodle:Height: Less than 10 inches.
Coat Colors: Solid - black, white, cream, brown, gray, silver or apricot.
Miniature poodles and Standard poodles are both larger than the toy and are classified under the non-sporting group of dogs.
Coat and Care:The single coat is curly, quite full and grows quickly. As such it requires a considerable amount of brushing.
In addition to this, regular and fairly frequent professional clipping is
necessary if you want to maintain a traditional look. On the plus side, shedding is little to almost
none, which may be helpful for allergy sufferers.
Poodle Health Concerns:Most common health issues of this small dog include luxating patella, collapsed trachea, arthritis, hip dysplasia, and they can also be predisposed toward disc problems. Some of these issues are inherited disorders, while others are connected with their fragility.
The use of a harness over a collar is helpful to avoid excessive pressure in the tracheal area. Joint support supplements are also a worthwhile consideration.
In addition, because of their long ears, infections can be a problem. Regular ear cleaning is a must along with removal of excessive hair in the ear canal to prevent disease.
Personality and Traits:Poodle dogs have a reputation for high intelligence and being easily trained - in fact some owners claim they just about train themselves! They like to be talked to and seem to understand words better than other breeds which is a distinct advantage when training them. If you're into competition, this breed does well in obedience. It would be a shame not to develop these natural abilities.
Poodles are sensitive, very loyal and loving pets who really enjoy being in close contact with their families. They also are quite protective, though not aggressive and have strong instincts for being a watchdog.
Clever, entertaining and quick to mimic, this breed has been well known over several centuries for its role performing in circuses.
Over time, this toy dog has been bred down to an even smaller size,
often referred to as the teacup. However, health problems have been noted in these wee ones.
Activity Level:Just like other dogs, they do enjoy going for a walk, but a lot of exercise isn't really needed as they are quite active around the house.
On the other hand, to keep a dog healthy, both mentally and physically, getting out is an important part of their care as is training and socialization.
Space Needs:Apartments, condos or houses will suit Poodle dogs equally well and a yard isn't necessary - though it is a plus.
Children:They do best with older children who are considerate and careful with pets - particularly ones that are fragile. This very small breed is rather skittish around little children and tends to avoid them if they can.
Whichever breed you choose for family, please make sure an adult always supervises activities involving children and pets because even the most reliable breeds can be unpredictable.
Elderly:Poodle dogs, because of their strong affection for family and close bonding, make excellent companions for the elderly. The low exercise demand is also a favorable consideration.
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