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The Poodle

Jun 5, 2008
The Poodle has been known as one of the most intelligent of all canine breeds. The Poodle provides their owners with a consistent companion that is interesting and responsive without giving their owner much trouble. The breed also has a high aptitude for learning because of their excellent talent and versatility.

The breed actually originated in Germany, despite the popular belief that the breed originated in France. The breed is closely related to the old water dog known as the Pudel especially when it comes to the coat and body form.

Although no longer bred as a sporting dog the Poodle still has an eager fondness for water that is still displayed on occasion, as the breed was once trained to retrieve waterfowl. The history of the breed itself isn't the only thing to consider. There is a history behind the appearance of the standard poodle cut with the tufts of hair left on the thighs and around the feet.

The most famous aspect of the Poodle is their hair cut with the face, legs and body shaved, leaving tufts of hair on the thighs and rings of hair on the feet. The exact origin of this hair cut and custom is not known but this form of hair cut reduces the labor of daily grooming for the Poodle as a housedog, which means it is easy for the owner to maintain the coat in good condition so the dog can be pleasant in appearance and healthy.

If the Poodle coat isn't brushed constantly it can twist up into cords that continue to grow. These then develop into a rope like cord that results from the entwining of new and unshed hairs. Eventually the coat can cause discomfort and a lack of freedom in the animal's movement if the cords are left untrimmed. This is why you should at least keep the Poodle coat short, although it isn't necessary to maintain the standard Poodle cut.

Throughout time when it comes to popularity the curly haired Poodle has seen the most advancement. With their smart and clean appearance the Poodle makes a very pleasant companion as long as they are brushed and combed regularly with the occasional washing. The Poodle is commonly found in black, white, brown and blue colored coats.

Many professional trainers prefer the white Poodle since it is considered to be the most intelligent. Next is the black Poodle when it comes to intelligence while it is generally considered that the brown and blue Poodles are lacking in character. Today you can find many fine specimens of the breed since the curly coated Poodle has improved greatly since the early 1900's.

Also gaining in popularity recently has been the toy poodle. These dogs are no more than fifteen inches in height at the shoulder and should look exactly like a miniature version of the full-sized dog, following the same official standards as the full sized Poodle.
About the Author
About the author: Lisa A Collins is an avid lover of the Poodle and has a popular website that can teach you how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Poodle . Among other topics at this website, you can also learn all about Poodle types plus a whole lot more.
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