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Poodle Breed Information
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Temperament Of The Poodle
Poodle breed is one of the most intelligent and trainable breeds of dogs. For this reason, they are used not only as home pets or hunt dogs, but also as circus dogs. Larger Poodles are calmer in temperament, than smaller sized dogs. However, any Poodle would get fussy and overly active, if not loaded with enough exercise.
These dogs get along well with kids. They make great playmates for them.
Description Of The Poodle
Initially, dogs of Poodle breed were used for hunting. They were of larger size, than present day Poodles. However, in the 19th century in France, these dogs have become popular with rich people and were used as home pets. During this time shorter kinds of Poodle dogs were bred. Presently, there are three official size of Poodles: standard, miniature and toy.
The most distinct attribute of Poodles is their coat. It is thick and curly. They come in all colors, ranging from black to yellow, silver, red or apricot. The body proportions of this dog make it equal in length and height. The head is pointed with dark nose. The eyes are always dark and set apart. The tail is long and points up. Sometimes, it gets docked to half of its length. The ear hang loose.
Dimensions Of The Poodle
The height of Poodle breed dogs starts with 15 inches. It can be more, but not less. The weight of dogs ranges from 45 to 70 pounds and of bitches from 45 to 60 pounds.
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Breed History Of The Poodle
Poodle breed has been known for at least 4 centuries. However, images of these dogs are found on ancient Egyptian bas-reliefs that date back to the 1st century A.D. The origin of this breed is unknown. French love to claim this breed for themselves. In the 18th century Poodles have become widely spread in France and in the world, this breed was called French Poodle.
However, most likely, modern Poodle breed originates from Portuguese or French water dogs. These dogs had curly coats and were used as water retrievers. It is probable, the Poodle breed was bred by Germans. Poodle Club organizations may provide contacts of the most reputable and honest breeders in the country. Sometimes, it is much better to take your troubles and get a puppy from a distant location, than to buy it from a dog mill. This is true, especially, if you are getting pure breed expensive show dog. Mill puppies rarely match up the breed standard and may have various health and behavior issues. If you have found a local breeder, make sure to ask for references. Don’t stop there, go ahead and call every one of them. Ask lots of questions, to make sure these people really know the breeder and have a good feedback to give. Once you find one or several Poodle breeders in your area, visit them. Ask to take a look at the kennel, at the puppies’ parents or at least at their mother, if father is not available. Ask the breeder about the puppies temperament, about their mother and father show achievements, about the level of their training and their disposition. The young puppies can learn their behavior patterns from their mother. Check out on medical and pedigree documentation of the Poodle puppies. Make sure, you are getting a vaccinated and worm treated puppy. This would save you much trouble and money later on. Ask about the puppies feeding habits. Try not to change the type of products, it consumes over first few weeks after the purchase. Make sure to learn, if the puppy has been fed long enough on its mother’s milk. This helps the Poodle puppy to have strong immune system and health. Sign a contract, when purchasing a pure breed Poodle puppy. This would make the purchase safer. Ask for full money back guarantee on the dog you get.