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Poodle (France)


History and Origin

The Poodle is believed to originate in Germany. It is an old breed. The Poodle descended from Asian herding dogs and which were brought to Europe by the Goths, a federation of German tribes. The word "Pudel" means "to splash in water" in German. Originally The Poodle was known as a German Water Dog. Later Poodles became popular in France and is now considered the national dog of France. Several other European countries has also claimed the Poodle as their own breed.
The Poodle is a very versatile breed. During their long history they were retrievers of waterfowl, scented out truffles, were circus dogs and pets of royal households in France.

Temperament and Personality

Poodle are clever, quick to learn and quick-to-please. They make an excellent companion. The breed needs lots of exercise.

Size and Appearance

The poodle is well-proportioned and elegant. There are the Standard Poodle, the Miniature Poodle, the Toy Poodle. Height of the Standard Poodle is over 15 inches at the highest point of the shoulders, the Miniature Poodle is 15 inches or under, the Toy Poodle is 10 inches or under. All three varieties come in a plethora of solid colors including white, silver, blue, grey, brown, apricot, red, cream, and black. Only solid colors are acceptable. The coat doesn't shed.


The coat needs a lot of care. Regular brushing and combing is an absolute must to avoid tangles. Poodles are usually trimmed. The trimming requires certain skills and it is not cheap one. There are four Poodles "haircuts": Puppy, sporting, English saddle, or continental.


The breed is recognized by AKC, CKC, FCI, ANKC, RKF

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