The Poodle

You may think the Poodle is all style, but the “Poodle clip” that makes the appearance of the Poodle famous was actually designed by hunters to make the dogs more aerodynamic in the water!

The Poodle most likely came from Germany, where it was first known as the Pudelhund. Pudel means "to splash about" in German, and the world hund in German means "dog." As the “Splashing Dog,” the Poodle was used as a water retriever by hunters and still is today. The Poodle’s curly, moisture-resistant coat makes it a great swimming breed.

The Poodle was bred in three sizes: Standard, Miniature, and Toy. The Standard Poodle is the oldest of the three breeds, and the Toy Poodle was actually developed in eighteenth century England. Today, the Poodle is the eighth most popular breed of dog in the United States.

Sizing Up
The three sizes of Poodle mean that there’s something for everyone. The Standard Poodle can reach about 15 inches in height (to the shoulders) and 45-70 pounds; the Miniature Poodle averages 11-15 inches in height and 15-17 pounds; and the Toy Poodle averages 10 inches in height and 6-9 pounds.
Standard Poodles live 11-12 years, while Miniature and Toy Poodles have a median lifespan of 14 years. However, some Toy Poodles can live up to 20 years.
Poodles also share some common characteristics:

  • A single-layer coat of dense and curly fur, which is either soft and wavy or coarse and wooly
  • Broad range of color, including single or multi-colored, white, black, gray, silver, brown, beige, apricot, brindle, and more


The Poodle is generally a healthy breed with a few concerns to watch for:

  • A disease in which the adrenal glands are incapable of producing enough of the hormones cortisol and aldosterone

Cushing's Syndrome

  • A condition opposite of Addison's Disease that occurs when your dog’s adrenal glands produce too much cortisol

Mitral valve disease

  • A condition that occurs when the mitral valve of the heart weakens and can no longer close properly, causing blood to leak back into the left atrium which can lead to heart failure.


  • A disease caused by a decrease in metabolism due to an under-active thyroid hormone

Patellar luxation

  • A knee condition where one or both kneecaps can accidentally slip out of place

What are they like?
Poodles are brilliant. No, really: the Poodle is among the smartest dog breeds in the world! You’ll marvel at how fast a Poodle will learn new behaviors and tricks. They make fantastic service dogs, love a job to do, and are even known for outwitting their human companions. Poodles love to please people and be the center of attention.

Poodles are very, very energetic, though the Standard Poodle is a bit more reserved than his counterparts. The Miniature Poodle is the most active of the three types. Consistent guidance is best: the energy and intelligence of the Poodle can make the breed stubborn at times, so you’ll have to be able to establish yourself as leader of the pack!

Right for you?
If you’re considering welcoming a Poodle into your family, your lifestyle will determine the type of Poodle that is right for you:

  • Toy Poodles are best for older, less active people, because Toy Poodles require a lot less exercise. They are also great for folks with limited living space. They don’t do great with children, especially small ones, because like other small breeds, they can be injured by children who don’t yet know how to be gentle with animals.
  • Miniature Poodles are energetic and need more exercise than Toy Poodles. They do well in limited living spaces, but they are a bit more to handle than Toy Poodles, so they aren’t recommended for fragile, older people. Like Toy Poodles, they aren’t recommended for households with younger children.
  • Standard Poodles are highly active and need a lot of space – a fenced in yard is best – and regular exercise. Because of their enthusiastic, energetic personalities, and larger size, they are better around older children.
  • All Poodles require intense grooming because of their extremely thick coats. When they shed, their fur can get tangled in the surrounding hair and cause matting and discomfort. In addition to regular brushing, the coat needs to be cut every 6-8 weeks by a professional groomer.

Overall, Poodles can make great pets for the right pet parent!

If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian – they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

The 7 Most Important Things to Consider If You’re Planning on Getting a Poodle

We’ve covered a lot of information about this incredible breed today. Here are the main things to remember as you search for a new dog.

1. Poodles require plenty of exercise and mental stimulation

By now, you understand that poodles require a lot of exercise, especially standard poodles. To keep these dogs healthy, they need a substantial backyard where they can run and play. They also require mental stimulation. If they don’t get enough physical and mental exercise, they can become bored and unruly. When that happens, they may act out with barking, destructive chewing, and hyperactivity. If you don’t have a whole lot of space in your home and yard, we recommend going with a miniature or toy poodle.

2. Poodles bounce a lot

One thing is for sure. Young poodles love to jump. And they do it a lot. .If you have a standard poodle, this could be an issue with the height of your fencing. Up to about the age of two, poodles will jump and romp around with an abundance of energy. Without proper training, they can send things flying, including little children.

3. Poodles require a lot of socialization

By nature, poodles are a bit standoffish. They need to be exposed to people and other animals at an early age. This will help them get accustomed to unfamiliar sights, sounds, and smells. And it will teach them not to be so standoffish. If you don’t socialize your poodle, their natural tendency to be shy can turn into suspiciousness or skittishness.

4. Poodles are emotionally sensitive

Poodles are extremely sensitive. They thrive in peaceful homes. But they don’t do well in high tension. If your home is full of stress or if you’re emotional and loud, it could negatively affect your dog. Poodles are so sensitive that this kind of stress can make them sick to their stomachs. A tense home can make these dogs exhibit digestive problems and neurotic behaviors.

5. Poodles require grooming

As we discussed earlier, poodles require frequent grooming. With standard poodles, you must regularly brush them. And you should get them clipped every four to six weeks. You don’t have to get them cut to look like the typical poodle either. You can also groom them to look like a regular dog with a short coat and no pompons.

6. Poodles like to bark

Poodles are very smart, and they notice everything. So it is not unusual for them to sound the alarm at every little thing. It’s important that you train them when they’re young, not to bark so much. Otherwise, this can quickly become a very annoying bad habit.

7. Poodles can have serious health problems

We discussed this earlier. Poodles have long lifespans, but they are also prone to get some serious health issues. You must research the lines of the breed thoroughly before you buy a dog to find any genetic health problems. Inbreeding is a particular problem with standard poodles. This has led to major health problems getting caught up in the gene pool.

The Poodle’s Personality

Despite their reputation for being dainty, Poodles are athletic and gregarious dogs that love to swim, jump, and play. They bond easily with people and are eager to please—characteristics that make them among the most easily trained dog breeds. They do require regular exercise to keep fit, and because they thrive on attention and companionship, they’re excellent pets for those who have the time to devote to them. They don’t do as well as other breeds when left alone for extended periods or boarded in kennels. While not known as guard dogs or loud barkers, Poodles are loyal family dogs and are quite protective of their human companions.

Why Poodles Are the Best Family Dog

A dog has an amazing ability to become a special part of our family. Somehow, this bundle of fur that may or may not drool all over your belongings, has the capacity to fill a huge part of your heart. Therefore, it’s no surprise that over 63 million people in the US have decided to bring a dog into their lives.

But, what makes a pup a good fit for a family? There are so many different kinds of dogs, ranging from tiny to large breeds and a whole host of varied personalities. You probably want your pooch to have qualities like friendliness, loyalty, and trust if you have a home with kids. Perhaps one of the most popular dog breeds, the poodle, could be the right choice for you.

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