|Group:||Non Sporting (Group 7)|
|Club:||Poodle Club Of Victoria Inc|
|Phone:||0418 380 062|
Background Poodles have been in existence for many centuries and historical reference to them has been found in Germany, England, Italy and France. In pictorial evidence the dogs nearly always appear in the traditional lion clip, which leaves the hindquarters bare except for the leg bands and pom-pom on the tail, while the forequarters are heavily coated except for the face and legs. This appears to indicate that these dogs were used for sporting and retrieving purposes. As the coat is quite heavy when wet, they were clipped in areas to alleviate weight. The tail was docked as a long tail would be caught in the undergrowth. The ribbon on the topknot was to indicate that the dog was working and also to signify it was not a bird or other animal. The word "Poodle" itself is said to derive from the German word "pudel", meaning to splash in the water. Although three varieties of Poodle are recognised, they differ in size only and are closely related. The largest, the Standard Poodle, is the oldest variety and was used as a water retriever. The smaller Poodle has become more and more popular in modern times. The Miniature Poodle is the medium sized variety and may be closer to the original Poodle in height than the present Standard size. It was originally called the Toy Poodle but the name was changed when the smallest form was recognised.
Average Lifespan When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime. Standard Poodle 10-14 years, Mini Poodle 10-14 years, Toy Poodle 12-16 years
Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament Whatever their size, Poodles are renowned for their intelligence. They are lively dogs with friendly dispositions and make excellent guard dogs.
Compatibility with other pets Excellent.
Care Requirements Poodles, like many other breeds, have a double coat, however the nature and quality of the Poodle coat is distinctive and tends to lend itself to varied designs in clipping. It has the quality and appearance of lamb wool, being fine, fluffy, and light in texture but knots readily when not cared for. Poodles shed hair just like any other breed, but this hair is caught and trapped by the undercoat and packs down. Poodles must be groomed regularly or the coat becomes a knotted, unsightly mess. The coat of a Poodle, although requiring more grooming than most other breeds, is particularly advantageous for people with allergies. Best of all, carpets, furniture and clothes will remain hairless and odour free. A balanced diet, regular exercise and routine are needed. Every dog must be house trained, obedient and easy to manage. Love is the most important requirement of all. In return, you will be rewarded with love, loyalty and protection from your Poodle, regardless of its size.
Ideal Owner/s Almost anyone. The Toy Poodle makes an ideal companion for someone who lives in a small or confined space.
In Conclusion Now you know a little about the Poodle breed and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.