Poodle Information and History
Always interesting is information about Poodles and their history. According to breed scholars, the Poodle's origins most likely took place in Germany where it was known as PUDELIN (meaning "to splash") because of its love of water. It was the French, however, who honored the Poodle at home, in court circles and on the battlefields thus earning the dog the popular, but incorrect title, "French Poodle."
Poodles are one of the most popular breeds of dogs in America and around the World and love to participate in all active dog events. Poodles are highly intelligent and learn very quickly, are adaptable and have a good sense of humor. They come in three varieties (sizes), many colors, do not shed, and are tolerated by many allergy suffers. With so many wonderful qualities, it is easy to understand why the Poodle has so many admirers.
THE STANDARD POODLE: Originally a water retriever, is now enjoying multiple roles: hospital therapy dog, hunting dog, agility dog, assistant dog, and loyal companion. They are ideal for those individuals who prefer a larger dog, anywhere from about 40-75 pounds (can be 35-95 pounds).
THE MINIATURE POODLE: The Miniature Poodle is the medium size - ideally not taller than 15 inches at the shoulders and around 15 -20 pounds. The Miniature Poodle is a sturdy size but small enough for apartment living and large enough to be a rough and tumble child's companion. The Miniature Poodle is also very intelligent, learns quickly and thrives on all the same activities as the Standard Poodle.
THE TOY POODLE: The smallest of the three recognized varieties is the Toy Poodle. It is popular with apartment owners, retired people who enjoy traveling with their pet, people who want a lap warmer and those who just prefer a small dog. By definition, the Toy Poodle should not be taller than 10 inches at the shoulders and about 6-9 pounds. The Toy Poodle is not an appropriate pet in a home with young children. While just as active as its Standard and Miniature relatives it is still small enough to warrant adult supervision when little children are near.
ADVANTAGES OF OWNING A POODLE: Highly intelligent and adaptable; delightful, clever temperament and loves people; non-shedding; many colors to chose from; and breed of choice for the allergy suffers.
DISADVANTAGES: Demands regular grooming. Once you own one you will never want anything other than a Poodle.
To learn more about Poodles visit the websites of
AKC ( American Kennel Club) and PCA ( Poodle Club of America)