January Featured Breed: Poodle

Tuesday, January 17, 2012
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This month we feature the Poodle, identified by AKC registration statistics as one of the most popular breeds. While often noted for its stylish and carefully groomed appearance, the Poodle is also one of the most intelligent of dog breeds.

History

According to the American Kennel Club, the Poodle originated in Germany as a water retriever, also used for truffle hunting. The style of grooming we associate with the Poodle was actually designed by hunters to help the dogs swim through the water more efficiently. As a result, Poodles are skilled in agility, obedience, and other dog sports.

Appearance

Poodles come in three variations: the Standard, which is the oldest, the Miniature, and the Toy. As noted by the AKC, Standard poodles can measure over 15 inches, the Miniature between 10 and 15 inches and the Toy measures at less than 10 inches high.

The Poodle is well known for its curly coat, which comes in a variety of colors including white, black, apricot and grey.  This coat sheds minimally and is considered hypoallergenic.  Poodles share a long and straight muzzle with hanging ears.

Temperament

The Poodle is an energetic breed, and often enjoys being the center of attention. With its intelligent and dignified personality, the Poodle can often pick up tricks and excel in obedience training. Poodles can take residence is almost any size of living quarters. They require daily exercise to stay active and regular professional grooming. Despite its air of high-maintenance, the Poodle is a friendly breed that enjoys the company of its owner.

For more information on this breed and if a Poodle could be the right dog for you, contact your Happiness is Pets representative.

 

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