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Why A Poodle?
Whether Standard, Miniature, or Toy, and either black, white, or apricot, the Poodle stands proudly among dogdom’s true aristocrats. Beneath the curly, hypoallergenic coat is an elegant athlete and companion for all reasons and seasons.
Poodles come in three size varieties: Standards should be more than 15 inches tall at the shoulder; Miniature poodles are 15 inches or under; Toys stand no more than 10 inches. All three varieties have the same build and proportions. At dog shows, Poodles are usually seen in the elaborate Continental Clip. Most poodle owners prefer the simpler Sporting Clip, in which the coat is shorn to follow the outline of the squarely built, smoothly muscled body.
Forget those old stereotypes of Poodles as sissy dogs. Poodles are eager, athletic, and wickedly smart “real dogs” of remarkable versatility. The Standard, with his greater size and strength, is the best all-around athlete of the family, but all Poodles can be trained with great success. Poodles are highly trainable.
The Standard Poodle usually weighs 60-70 pounds and is considered a very athletic breed.
Miniature poodle puppies have a smaller head, shorter legs, and slightly longer haircoat; he makes up for this by being much faster on his feet. He excels at agility competitions and obedience trials. His small stature also means that he does not require as much exercise as other breeds.
Toy Poodles are bred primarily for their looks rather than performance. They make wonderful pets because they love people so much! A distinct breed with the right mental stimulation can properly interact and is loved by young children. Their short coats look like velvet against your hand when you stroke them.
History Of The Poodle Dog Breeds
In 1884, two Englishmen named John Russell Terrier crossed a terrier with a pug. This resulted in the first modern breed: the Pug/Terrier crossbreed known today as the American Cocker Spaniel. In 1888, these two types were combined into one new breed called the Cockapoo.
Around 1890, another man who had been breeding cockers noticed that some of the puppies looked very similar to what was then called the French Bulldog. This two distinct breed became the foundation stock for the creation of the modern Poodle.
By 1900, there were several different kinds of Poodles around Europe. One variety resembled the German Shorthaired Pointer while others resembled the English Setter. By 1902, the Poodle Club of Great Britain recognized three distinct groups of Poodles: standard, miniature, and toy.
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