Poodle description

The toy Poodle was already known 500 years ago. The breed originates from France. Hunters trained poodles for waterfowl hunting. They have also appeared in art at early age and small sized dogs have been used as a circus performer for a long time.

Toy poodles are also known as teacup poodles.

Poodle temperament

Poodles are cheerful and lovely dogs. They are intelligent and eager to learn new things. Poodles are very social dogs and enjoy the company of their owners. They want to please and loves action. Poodles are most suited for families with children as they love playing and are easy to train. Standard poodles are also good watch dogs. Poodles' appearance is proportionate, straight and elegant.

Poodle characteristics

The coat of the poodle can be of different colors: black, brown, white, apricot, gray and red (which was accepted as a colour in 2007).

Poodles can have 3 sizes:

  • Toy poodle: bellow 11 inches
  • Miniature poodle: 11 to 15 inches
  • Standard poodle: Over 15 inches

Poodle grooming

Poodles' fur needs regular care. The dog's face, paws, toes and bottom of the tail are trimmed and ears picked. They need to be washed and after the fur blow-dryed and combed. If this is not done, the fur will become tangled and lumpy and thus can cause infections. The four accepted exhibition-cuts are modern cut, continental lion-cut, English lion-cut and Scandinavian puppy-cut. Poodles are often trimmed short sheep-cut, in which the fur is cutted about 2 cm and only the top of the head and ears are left longer.

Poodle training

Training your poodle puppy will require you to be fair and gentle. They will need consistency in their training. When training a poodle puppy, it is important to make sure that he understands the correction. A dog who does not understand a correction will get confused and might relate the correction to something else. To avoid a confusion, poodle puppy owners should correct their dog on the instant and reward them to for wanted behaviors.

Because poodles are intelligent and fast learners, they fit in many activities. Obedience training, agility, service dog activities, exhibitions, trace-tracking and dog dancing are demanding activities that almost all poodles are able to do. Different ball-games, different tricks and searching games keep the dog lively and strenghtens the bond between the dog and the owner. However poodles are not outdoor dogs and should never be held caged outside, but should be kept indoors near their owners.

Poodle food habits

Like other dog breeds poodles need versatile nutrition. The amount of food and exercise should be held in balance. The small poodles should not eat bones, otherwise their thin veins might get choked. Most of the poodles have sensitive stomach, so the food habits should not be changed radically. Poodles should be intrduced to a new aliment little by little. Also the good amount of fat is required to keep the fur in good condition, so it's good to add a little amount of oil in the meal.

Poodle Health

Poodles suffer from eye diseases such as cataract and retinal atrophy. That is why before breeding the dogs' eyes (and also knees) should be examined. Besides the standard poodles' haunch should be x-rayed and treated with SA-Biops.

Poodle images

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