The Poodle is best known for being one of the smartest breeds in the world! The Poodle’s country of origin is listed as France, but the breed’s true origin is the subject of dispute in the dog world. Some experts believe that the Poodle may have originated in Russia, while others believe it was Germany, as the breed’s name comes from the German word pudel, which is short for pudelhund or “splashing dog.” This refers to the Poodle’s original use as a water bird retriever.
Many sources believe that the Poodle’s show clips evolved from working clips, which provided warmth to major joints while the rest of the body was shaved down for less drag in the water. However, most sources agree that the French are responsible for developing the modern Poodle into its current three sizes, all determined by shoulder height: standard, miniature, and toy.
The Poodle is an elegant breed, taking top honors in many show rings of today. Poodles are intelligent, alert, and active. Historically, their aptitude has made them ideal for performing in circuses across the globe for centuries. Otherwise notable is the Poodle’s keen sense of instinctual behavior. In particular, marking and hunting drives are more readily observable in Poodle’s than in most other breeds. Even Toy Poodles will point birds.
Poodles are extremely people-oriented dogs, generally eager to please, and make excellent watchdogs! Poodles are adaptable, easy to train, and learn very quickly! Potty training can be difficult with many dogs, but not with the Poodle. Poodles are hypoallergenic and have hair–not fur–so they don’t shed, and have little to no dander. This makes the Poodle a great pet for anyone who suffers from allergies!