Poodles have been present in Europe for no less than 400 years. The poodle was often a companion to the aristocracy of the time. Artists portray them in many paintings next to their masters.
The origins of the Poodle are very unclear. The Poodle could have originated from Germany, France, Denmark, Hungary, and even some other parts of Europe!
In the past, Poodles were trained as scent and hunting dogs. They were often used as circus dogs, due to their high intelligence, and the ability to learn new tricks very fast.
Through time, people bred Poodles in different shapes and sizes. Today we know, miniature, medium, and larger poodles.
Character And Temperament
Their goofy appearance might confuse you, but the Poodle is one of the most intelligent dog breeds out there!
These are well-behaved, loyal, obedient, and loving dogs. They generally live in harmony with other pets in the household.
Poodles are good swimmers and love to swim and fetch things from the water. They enjoy being mentally and physically active.
Socialization And Training
As mentioned before, this breed is very intelligent and easy to train. They do great in different dog sports, such as obedience, agility, scent dogs, etc. With consistent and fun training, they will learn new tricks and skills very fast.
Compatibility With Children
Poodles are great for children of all ages. Special caution is needed with miniature poodles. They are somewhat fragile and can get hurt, or bite out of fear.
However, poodles are not an aggressive breed, quite on the contrary. They also tend to get along with other dogs and pets in the family.
They are active dogs and require a good amount of physical activity. At least one long walk a day, accompanied by other activities. They will enjoy water activities and fetching different objects (toys, sticks).
Poodles love different mental challenges and learning new tricks. They will enjoy living with an active family, who has enough time for their mental and physical stimulation.
They can live a long, healthy life (up to 15 years or more).
To avoid hyp and elbow dysplasia and different eye conditions, choose a dog from a certified breeder.
Large poodles can suffer from a serious condition called Bloat, just like many other larger breeds. Smaller variations can sometimes face orthopedic problems. Some can also suffer from epilepsy, diabetes, hypothyroidism, and certain neurological or autoimmune conditions.
With a healthy diet, we can prevent most of allergies and skin conditions in poodles. If we are lucky, we will live with an intelligent and healthy companion for 15 years or more!
When it comes to grooming, having a poodle, unlike the Beagle, is not a walk in the park. You might have to brush your dog just about every day. If we don’t brush them enough, they can develop knots and mats and will need to be shaved. For this reason, most people decide to give their poodles a short trim.
People who want their dogs to have longer hair can learn how to properly groom them. Many people decide to regularly take them to a professional dog groomer.
This breed is relatively hypo-allergenic and is a good choice for people with allergies.
Sources: Another good source for the poodle breed is AKC.