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Poodle Puppy & Breed Information
The Poodle originated in Germany but was developed in France as a water retriever and he is no sissy, whatever his size. The official AKC standard is the same for each size which are split into the Standard, Miniature, and Toy varieties.
Poodle Coat, Color, Care: The first utilitarian “clip” shielded the joints, heart, and lungs while freeing the rest of the body for buoyancy in the water. The poodle is clipped in distinctive show ring patterns or in fashionable, convenient styles for pet owners. All dogs shed and with his thick curly coat, the poodle needs regular washing, grooming, and clipping in order to maintain “the look” for which he is famous. The ears should be cleaned weekly and long hair gently plucked from the ear canal. Puppies adapt to this quickly and seem to consider it part of the pampering that all poodles expect.
Poodle Personality: He is regal and stylish but it is his high intelligence and willingness to please that endears him to owners and keeps him among America’s top breeds. Poodles accept strangers, respect their owner’s possessions, and are by nature, well mannered although he can be delightfully rambunctious in private.
Exercise Requirements: The poodle is well built and sturdy, with a distinctively springy gait at the trot. The breed is agile, balanced and quick, attributes that have earned him a spot in many trick and performing dog routines. He needs a good workout like any natural athlete and the Standard poodle will keep pace with any jogger. Fat, frustrated dogs may lick or chew out of boredom so keep your poodle fit.
Health Concerns: Poodles are amazingly long lived but Standards can be afflicted with hip dysplasia and all three varieties can develop Addison’s Disease, sebaceous adenitis, Cushings disease, PRA, VWD, or any other disease common to canines.
More Poodle photos, puppy pictures, and the Official AKC Breed Standard