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A SHORT HISTORY OF POODLES
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Persian writing talks about the Poodle which may have been the
original water spaniel, this dating back to 4,000 B.C.
In the Mediterranean first century history there appears to be a
depiction of a woolly coated dog with it's hind quarters shaved.
Drawings and paintings from the fifteenth (15) century is the time
of the breeds recorded history. A clipped poodle is pictured in art
work of the seventeenth (17) century with a bird in its mouth, thus
showing that they were working dogs in the beginning.
The beginning development was in Germany where it later was found
in the continents of France, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, Holland,
and Russia. The traveling circus performers were instrumental in
their spread as the sold dogs to merchants and royalty along the way.
Each country had a tendency to breed the dog to what they liked
best, but the French made the breed so popular that it is often referred
to as the French Poodle.
When the poodle was used for hunting, the hunters shaved the hair
from the hindquarters and left the hair around the body cavity and joints
to work as insulation. As a dog in full coat had difficulty swimming
in the marshy water. They also put ribbons in their top knots to
be able to distinguish one dog from another when they were in the water.
The original poodle was the standard with the miniature and toy
enjoying long histories of their own. The poodle was not only being
used as a hunter and a water dog, they were also used as war dogs.
European capitals in the eighteenth (18) century were treated to
the performances of the miniature poodles in the circuses. This dog
was known as the Truffle Dog in France, Spain, Germany, and England. Miniature
and Toy poodles were used to dig up a highly desired fungus as their smaller
feet did less damage to the edible parts.
It is believed that the miniature and toy poodle could have been
bred down from the standard poodle. Others believe that such breeds as
the Toy Spaniel of Spain, the White Cuban from the West Indies, England's
Terrier, and most likely the Maltese of Malta were used to breed into them
to develop the small breed type of poodles.
During the reign of Louis XVI the toy poodle became pampered pets
for royalty, and they were sometimes called comforters as the ladies of
the castles used their woolly coats to warm their hands.
Corded Poodles came into existence in 1850, and by the nineteenth
(19) century a debate arose as to whether it was one breed or two.
The corded coats soon lost favor due to the difficulty of caring for them,
leading to insect infestation, skin diseases, and bad odors.
The first poodle was registered in 1874 by the Kennel Club Stud
Book of England. In 1910, corded dogs were separated from the curly
coat and each was shown in their own breed class.
At the end of the nineteenth (19) century, the first standard poodle
arrived in the United States, and they were entered into the American Kennel
Stud Book in 1886. In 1935, the first poodle won Best in Show at
Westminister Kennel Club Dog show.
Toy poodles can be expected to live any where from ten (10) to fifteen
(15) years, the miniature poodles can be expected to live any where from
fourteen (14) to eighteen (18) years, with proper care and maintenance.
The poodle can be called a clown due to their clown like antics,
as this breed is highly intelligent and very quick learners. Their
intelligence leads one to believe they have the power of reasoning.
Poodles make an excellent companion for children. They tend
to be good watch dogs, as they are very protective, and ten to make an
alarmed bark when things are amiss. The toy poodle is bold and confident
and thinks it is a large as a standard poodle. The miniature poodle
is not as bold as the toy poodle, and tends to have a steady and pleasant
personality. Sometimes they can be yappers but can be trained to
use their barking appropriately. The standard has many of the same
qualities of the toy and miniature, as they seem to have an ability to
read their owners minds showing their intelligence. Standard poodles
do not tend to be hyper and show little or no signs of aggression, but
they do not like being subservient.
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The biggest draw back to the poodle is the amount of grooming it
takes to keep them looking good. Poodles should be bathed every week
to ten (10) days with a mild shampoo, they should be brushed with a pin
brush, with a fluffing to the ears and tail with a comb. Slicker
brushes should not be used on a show poodles coat, but maybe used on a
clipped down pet to get out weed seed and other debris. Clipping
should be done every six weeks to keep them looking their best, whether
your poodle is a pet or for the show.
Poodles are non shedding as well as have no dander. In light
colored poodles tear stains can be a problem, and the best method of removing
the stains is to use zinc oxide under the eye and keep the face closely
clipped. Always make sure that they do not get a blockage in the
Exercise is needed for all three (3) sizes, standard poodles need
to be walked 1.5 miles a day and love to swim, miniature poodles will take
short ten (10) minute walks or can substitute retrieving ball games for
the walk, the toy poodle can get enough exercise just running around the
Poodles is one breed which either sex makes excellent
companions as both sexes are very teachable, and very eager to learn.
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