Standard Poodle Dog Breed Information Center
The Standard Poodle is one of the most popular dog breeds in the world. They are known for their love of people and affectionate nature. These dogs have been bred for centuries to make them excellent companions and family members.
Although they may look like miniature huskies, these dogs are not actually related to the Arctic foxes or Siberian Husky breeds (which are native to Russia).
Standard Poodles were originally developed from the Beagle breed, which was first created in England during the 1600’s. Since then, many different variations of Beagles have been bred into various types of dogs. Some of these dogs became the Dachshunds and some became the Bull Terriers.
Today, there are several different varieties of the Standard Poodle. There are those that resemble miniature huskies and others that resemble miniature Great Danes. The largest variety is called the Giant Standard Poodle.
They weigh between 25 pounds and 35 pounds, but can reach up to 60 pounds! Their coat varies from light grayish brown to black with white markings. They have long legs and large heads, making them very athletic looking dogs.
Characteristics of the Standard Poodle
The Standard Poodle is an intelligent, playful and joyful dog. They are very loving and make wonderful play mates for children. They are very curious about their surroundings and are constantly inventing games to play with you.
They love to be challenged mentally as well as physically. Many owners of these dogs say that they are able to understand human speech.
These dogs are very clean animals and will often (on their own) take themselves outside in order to go potty. They are also able to be trained to do some simple tricks, such as jumping through hoops, fetching objects and even walking on leashes.
The Standard Poodle has a long coat that requires daily grooming. Many owners of this breed say that the brushing actually helps them bond with their dogs. Owners must be careful not to let these dogs get too hot, as their long coats can make them more susceptible to heat exhaustion.
The Standard Poodle is a very healthy breed that is not susceptible to many of the health issues that plague other breeds. They are known to live between 10 and 15 years in the United States.
History of the Standard Poodle
The origin of the breed dates back several centuries to Europe. There are several theories about how the breed actually came to be. Some believe that the breed was initially bred in France.
Many of the standards for the breed were set by hunters in Germany. The breed was first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908.
The word poodle comes from the German word ‘pudel’ which means one who plays in water. These dogs have been used as water retrieval dogs for centuries. They have also been used as flock guards, circus performers and even a military weapon.
In the 1800’s, the standard for what is now known as the Standard Poodle was set by hunters in Germany. They were bred to hunt waterfowl, such as ducks and geese. These dogs were not only fast and athletic, but had superior eyesight and hearing as well.
They were effective in flushing out prey and then using their powerful voices to stop them from fleeing.
These dogs proved so useful for the hunter that they were eventually taken on as a status symbol. Upper class men would often keep these dogs as pets. These dogs were often placed in ornate jewelry boxes and carried around by servants when they were not hunting.
This led to the term “Toy Dog” being assigned to many of these breeds.
The dogs were brought to North America around the same time that German immigrants were arriving. The dogs became popular among wealthy hunters in the southern United States. It was in America that the dog was first known as a Poodle.
The American Kennel Club first recognized the breed in 1887.
The popularity of this breed declined in the 1900’s, due to changing hunting practices and the invention of the shotgun. The dogs were still around, but were no longer widely owned or bred. It was not until after World War II that the breed saw a resurgence in popularity within the United States.
Today, some of the Poodle’s talents are still used by a small group of hunters. The dog is still used as a waterfowl retriever, especially for hunters who do not want to wade through water themselves.
The size of the Standard Poodle varies depending on the rules followed by different kennel clubs. The Poodle is considered to be one of the oldest dog breeds. Early paintings of the breed have been found in Egyptian tombs and depicted as being white in color.
A painting of a Poodle named ‘Pepi’ was found on the walls of the ancient tomb of Maia, Egypt, which was built in 2600 BC. The breed is also mentioned in writings by Confucius, in 194 BC. In more modern times, Marie Antoinette owned a Poodle named ‘Duclin’.
In 1839, a Poodle was found in the ruins of the Roman Empire. The dog was named ‘Igesz’ and was presented to King Louis Philippe of France. The breed gained more popularity when Queen Victoria owned a Poodle named ‘Imported(or International)Traitor’.
This dog was the result of a liaison between a female Poodle and an unknown Tibetan sheep herder.
The Poodle was recognized by the AKC in 1887. The varieties recognized by the AKC are the ‘Poodle Dog’, ‘Toy’, ‘Miniature’ and ‘Standard’. The Poodle Dog and the Toy are much different than the other two.
The Poodle Dog is exactly what it sounds like. These dogs have been bred down in size from the Standard Poodle, but still carry much of the same characteristics. These dogs are primarily kept as companion dogs.
The Toy Poodle is one of the most popular breeds of dog kept as a pet. These small dogs have the same characteristics as the Standard Poodle, but their bark is much louder. They were bred down in size from the Miniature Poodle.
They retain much of the intelligence of the other Poodle types, but are primarily kept as companion dogs.
The Miniature Poodle is slightly larger than the Toy, but is still significantly smaller than the Standard. These dogs were bred down in size from the Standard. They retain much of the intelligence of the other Poodle types and make excellent guide dogs for the blind, hearing dogs for the deaf and epileptic alert dogs.
The Standard Poodle is the largest of the types of Poodles. It is primarily kept as a hunting dog, but is also used as a guide dog for the blind, as a hearing dog for the deaf and as an epileptic alert dog. The breed has a natural instinct to hunt, so they require a great deal of exercise and training.
Training this breed requires an experienced owner who can display authority. The Poodle is bright, remarkably intelligent and eager to please.
The first record of the breed was in 1570 when men were searching for silver in the Black Forrest in Germany. They wrote about a strange dog that was dark black with a curly tail and a thick coat. These dogs were excellent at hunting and were used by commoners and nobles.
It was not until 400 years later that the breed became popular in France when King Louis XV owned several of them. He became so enamored by them that he had a new dog breed known as the Poodle (Pudel in German). The dogs were bred to be similar to the original type of water dog and were bred just for hunting.
The Poodle is friendly, loving and affectionate. They are very intelligent and eager to please their masters. They do best with owners who can provide them with leadership and consistency.
They are very good with children and other animals. They are able to be trained easily and do not have an aggressive bone in their body. Poodles are able to adjust to any environment or situation.
The Poodle is not without its faults though. They do have a tendency to bark quite a bit. They also can have a bit of an attitude problem if they are not shown who is boss.
These dogs are very clever and seem to know just how far they can push you. They can be very manipulative if they want to be.
The Poodle is not an ideal guard dog, but it will bark when someone is at the door. This can be a good or bad thing, depending on your point of view.
Poodles can get along with just about any other animal or person. They are very good with children and also tend to like other pets such as cats.
Poodles need a moderate amount of exercise. Too little and they will get bored and act up. Too much and they will become hyperactive.
They do like to carry things around in their mouths, so make sure anything you leave out for them is safe.
Poodles are considered to be good apartment dogs, but they do need regular walks. They do not do well in extreme heat or cold though.
Due to their curly coat, the Poodle requires quite a bit of grooming. If you do not like grooming, this is not the breed for you. Also, their hair tends to cling to things such as grass and dirt, so they are prone to throw up hairball type chunks if they have eaten something and have hair in their stomach.
The Poodle does not require a lot of medical care. They are fairly healthy, but may have problems with their skin, ears and eyes. They can be prone to obesity, so make sure they get plenty of exercise and don’t overeat.
Poodles can live 10-15 years.
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