The Poodle is most likely descended from early German water retrievers but also may be related to spaniels from the Iberian Peninsula. The name “poodle” probably derives from the German word “Pudel” (one who plays in the water). Hunters clipped the dog’s thick coat to help him swim, leaving hair on the leg joints to protect them from extreme cold and sharp reeds. The French capitalized on the breed’s high intelligence, trainability and innate showmanship to use the Poodle as a circus performer. The breed’s great popularity in that country led to the common name, “French Poodle”. In France, however, the Poodle is called the “Caniche”, or duck dog. The Poodle has also been used to sniff out truffles lying underground in the woods. Poodles are depicted in 15th century paintings and in bas-reliefs from the 1st century. Toy Poodles became royal favorites, particularly in the 18th century. The Toy and Miniature Poodle varieties were bred down from larger dogs, today known as Standard Poodles. The three sizes are considered as one breed, and are judged by the same standard. Today, the Poodle is primarily a companion and show dog, though he can learn almost anything.

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Description:  The Poodle’s dense curly coat may be groomed into three basic styles, pet clip (or puppy clip) which is mostly relatively short hair all over the body, English saddle clip, or the continental (lion clip) with the rear half of the body shaved, bracelets left around the ankles and pom-poms left on the tail and hips. The tail is docked to 1/2 its length or slightly less. Dewclaws are generally removed. Always a solid color, the poodle may be black, blue, silver, gray, cream, apricot, red, white, brown or cafe-au-lait. His feet are small, oval and webbed, with arched toes. The ears are long, flat and wide, lying close to the head. The head is long with dark, almond-shaped eyes and an alert expression. A good poodle has a square silhouette, with approximately the same length as the height at the withers.

Personality: The poodle is a cheerful, super smart, sensitive and highly trainable companion dog. The breed is great at learning tricks, and a favorite in the circus ring. He is very amusing and clever. Many owners feel this dog understands speech in an uncanny way. Some love to play with children but some are sensitive and nervous. Can be somewhat high-strung, be careful where you buy your puppy. Purchase from parents you have met and liked, and even ask to see the grandparents if possible. Tends to be quite reserved with strangers–socialize extensively as a puppy. Any effort the owner puts into training and socializing will be well rewarded.

Height: 11 to 15 inches.

Size: Small

Weight: 15 to 17 pounds.

Behaviour:

Children: Best with older, considerate children. Friendliness: Reserved with strangers. Trainability: Very easy to train. Independence: Moderately dependent on people. Dominance: Low. Other Pets: Generally good with other pets. Combativeness: Friendly with other dogs. Noise: Likes to bark.

Grooming and Physical Needs:

Grooming: Extensive grooming needed. Trimming & Stripping: Professional trimming or stripping needed. Coat: Curly coat. Shedding: Very light. Docking: The tail is customarily docked.

Exercise: Moderate exercise needed.

Jogging: A fair jogging companion.

Indoors: Very active indoors.

Apartments: Good for apartment living.

Outdoor Space: Does all right without a yard.

Climate: Does well in most climates.

Owner: Good for novice owners.

Longevity: Moderately long lived (12 to 15 years).

Talents: retrieving, watchdog, agility, competitive obedience, and performing tricks.

Notes:  Buy from OFA certified stock and ask questions about the hips and knees of parents and grandparents. Prone to PRA, runny eyes and ear infections. Ears should be cleaned regularly and excess hair removed from the insides. For the longer grooming styles, the coat requires brushing several times a week. Unless trained otherwise, the Miniature Poodle tends to bark a lot. This breed is extremely popular. Be sure to buy from a reputable breeder to avoid serious personality problems.

Grooming Demand Rating: Moderate to Near High

Full Grooming Interval: 4 to 6 Weeks

Maintenance Interval: Weekly Minimum

Blades & Tools:  Slicker brush, metal combs, scissors and matt rake and splitter, clippers and blades.

Coat & Groom Tips

The art of styling Poodles, from various breed standard styling to a myriad of owner derived styling desires, is so vast that you must get training and use additional sources listed below.

Regular brushing and combing is essential in order to remove substantial wooly hair shed from the dense undercoat, and not only the outer coarse guard coat which protects the undercoat. The density of the hair coat can be misleading to novice groomers or owners of this breed; it is dense and mats.

Daily grooming is very helpful with a full coated Poodle, and less for Poodles styled with shorter maintenance cuts. Soft and cottony, and often curly, the coat can easily become matted especially when exposed to moisture. Some pet owners not concerned about maintaining a show quality coat and appearance will have the hair coat clipped shorter for easier maintenance. No one wants to remove the coat of a Poodle but when it gets severely matted it is not fair on the animal to undergo excessive de-matting. Groomers enjoy the breed as it allows them to express their level of artistic ability in styling the many available Poodle cuts and styles.

As the owner of a non-shown Poodle you need to decide what type of trim pleases you and looks best on your pet. Poodles are active and like to be involved in all family activities. If you do participate in regular outdoor activities, a shorter maintenance cut may be appropriate for you. If your Poodle is mostly indoors and you want something “fancy” (yet not a formal show trim), your stylist can offer you many styling suggestions. Most professional grooming businesses will have pictures of various styles to help you choose one. Keep in mind that the same style on a black Poodle versus a white Poodle often looks different. The more full-coated and long-haired your style selection is, the more maintenance grooming will be required between professional grooming appointments.

Like many other long coated breeds hair shed can and often does remain in the under coat until it is removed by proper brushing and combing. Hair shed not removed will, with time or immediately upon getting damp or wet, begin to “tangle” and “matt” whereby the hair shed both wraps and compresses around the existing hair coat. Mats simply ruin the beauty of the Poodle coat, and severe matting causes any pet discomfort and even poor skin health.

MORE GROOMING TIPS FOR PROFESSIONALS

Remember well, the same trim style will look different on a black, chocolate, apricot or white Poodle.

Create a photo album of the various Poodle styles you like. Because the same trim style can look different on Poodles of various coat colors, your pictures of say a “Royal Dutch” should illustrate the style on at least a black Poodle and a white Poodle.