The Poodle (also known as the “French Poodle”) is part of the non-sporting dog breed class. They have a wiry coat that is often seen in various different haircuts. It was during the 15th century the breed is believed to have first originated and retrieving game from the water is the purpose they were first bred for. They are a common choice for a circus dog, a show dog, for hunting or companionship nowadays. Characteristics such as their often crazy hairstyles and their high intelligence are what they are known for. Their breeding lineage includes the Barbet and Hungarian Water Hound and they are known to have originated in Germany.
They are categorized as a large sized breed. The standard male and female measurements are 22-27 inches high and a weight of 40-80 pounds. Their disposition is famously known as being playful, obedient and devoted. They are unsuitable as a guard dog, as they are mostly outgoing (if socialized) with people they haven’t met. Compared to all other breeds, they’re tested as being extremely intelligent and are ranked 2nd when being trained to understand new obedience commands.
They are highly suitable for a family pet, due to the fact they’re good with children. Other pets such as other dogs and cats do combine well with them. One very demanding chore is grooming them. They require proper grooming every 5 weeks, and high (about 10 hours) brushing through their coat once every week. They can be suitable for staying in an apartment, but enjoy having a small yard to run around in.
They’re by and large shorter-lived, as is the case with most large sized dog breeds, with a life expectancy of 10-13 years. They’re vulnerable to Addison’s disease, Von Willebrand’s disease, bloat and hip dysplasia, but their most severe health concern is eye problems. Activities like games of fetch, swimming or learning tricks will provide them with hours of fun. They have a high amount of energy, which means they will need moderate walks each day to avoid hyperactivity.
You must be willing to meet their high demands for grooming and mental stimulation if you bring home the Poodle. They are very suitable for active owners or families with plenty of time for a dog, but not an ideal option for people who don’t have much time for grooming or training. One of the features dog lovers find most appealing about this dog is that it is a dog you can teach anything with their high obedience and intelligence. One of the other reasons dog owners find them attractive is they are hypoallergenic because of their curly coat and therefore suited to allergy sufferers.