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Teenage girl with Standard Poodle.

The
Poodle

Originally Poodles were duck retrievers. A Poodle would jump into the water and swim to the duck he wanted to retrieve. They were bred to be very good swimmers. Standard and Miniature Poodles are a member of the AKC's nonsporting group. Toy Poodles are in the toy group.
These days Poodles can do many different activities. They are good companions and participate in obedience, agility, flyball, dock diving, conformation, canine freestyle, hunting, and tracking. They also make excellent rescue dogs and service dogs.
Three handsome standard poodles.

Black Miniature Poodle in show trim.
Poodles come in three sizes. The Standard size is over fifteen inches at the shoulder. The Miniature Poodle is ten to fifteen inches tall. And the Toy Poodle is ten inches or under.
The Toy, Miniature, and Standard Poodles all come in a variety of colors: black, brown, gray, blues, apricot, cream, silver, and white. Would you like one of each? Some people like all of their Poodles to be the same color and others would prefer two of each. The choice is yours!
Three beautiful standard Poodles.

 

Apricot Poodle

Most Poodles have had their tails docked.

This means that the tail has been surgically shortened by a veterinarian. Poodles were originally bred to retrieve hunted ducks from the water. With a shorter tail, the dog could swim easier and the hunter could see the pom-pom (ball of hair) above the water and know where his dog was at all times.

But now, most Poodles don't hunt and some people believe they shouldn't dock the dog's tail. They think that Poodles look just fine with a long tail. What do you think?

 

Fido
 The name “Poodle” has been said to come from the German word “pfudel,” which means “to splash” or “puddle.”
Fido's Fabulous Dog Facts

 

Poodle in a show cut.

Know Your Breed

All Poodles need special grooming. They need regular baths and they especially need to be trimmed. Many people take their Poodles to professional groomers. They can make the Poodle look like a show dog or they can give them a puppy cut, where most of the hair is the same length.

 

Do Poodles Shed?

Poodles are considered a non-shedding dog. But all mammals lose a tiny bit of hair every day, so that new hair can grow in. If you groom your Poodle regularly, you probably won't even see the small amount of hair that comes out.

Two standard Poodles in bed.

Are Poodles Hypoallergenic?

Poodles are excellent dogs for people who have allergies, most of the time. However, some people are very sensitive and could have a problem even with a dog that is thought to be hypoallergenic. It's best to check with an allergy doctor before purchasing a new dog.

 

Poodles are friendly and like to be involved with whatever you're doing. They like other dogs and cats, and they get along well with children.

Poodles are intelligent, loyal, and playful. They like to be the center of attention and they enjoy performing tricks.

 

White poodle at the beach.

These handsome dogs have lots of muscles which make them strong. Poodles are very good swimmers.

Poodles are intelligent and can be taught almost anything. Like many dogs, Miniature and Toy Poodles can be overly excitable if they have nothing to do. All Poodles enjoy obedience and do well in classes and at dogs shows.

 

Poodles need exercise quite often.

A Poodle would love a long walk once or twice a day. It's very healthy for him to get out and move his muscles. Even if you have a yard, it's important to go for long walks. Exercise will keep your dog's heart strong so that he lives for a long time.

Poodle playing flyball.
This Poodle is playing flyball.
Poodle flying over agility jump.

Poodles enjoy hide and seek, fetch, games, and other activities like swimming, flyball, agility, tracking, obedience, and conformation. Some even dance in what we call Canine Freestyle!

 

Going to a dog park, the beach, a mall, or to a friend's house is a great way to visit other dogs, and meet new people. This is called socializing and it helps your dog become a good citizen.

Poodle  playing tug with Golden Retriever

 

Gray Poodle barking.

Poodles are pretty good watchdogs. They are lively dogs who enjoy barking. A Poodle may need some training so that he doesn't bark too much. The Standard Poodle may be calmer than the smaller Poodles, but they all need training to be good dogs.

Once in a while, Poodles can be a little stubborn. Starting obedience at an early age will help him become a good citizen and help him to have good manners.

 

Just like any small dog, the people in a Toy Poodle's life must treat him carefully and gently. Rough play with a Toy Poodle can be harmful. As with any dog, gentle handling is always the best way to work with a dog.

Girl handling a toy poodle carefully.

 

Young girl with poodle pup.
Spend lots of time with your new pup from an early age so he is comfortable with you. Roll him over, touch his feet, look at his teeth, and brush him gently. This will help him get used to being handled and he will be a better companion when he is older.

 

Because some Poodles are small, they make great dogs for condos and apartments. They like to live in the city or the country. Country dogs and city dogs all need the same care and they both need exercise.

Remember that running around a backyard is nice, but it won't give your Poodle the real exercise that he needs.

Miniature poodle with scarf around his neck.

 

Have you noticed the interesting haircut that many Poodles have? The puffs of hair are located over the joints of the dog's body and they protect these joints from the cold water when he swims.
Fido's Fabulous Dog Facts

 

 All About
Poodles

(from their kids!)

Young girl holding apricot poodle puppies.

"When you feel dog tired at night,
it may be because you've growled all day long." - Unknown

I have a dog named Lady. She is a Toy Poodle (not a real toy though). She loves strangers but not men! Every time you walk in, she rolls over and want you to rub her tummy. Her favorite toys are socks and her squeaky bone. She even has her own bed in front of the fireplace! Lady always sleeps in our bed with her head on the pillow! Her trick is that she walks on her hind legs for a treat! Joycelyn, age 12, Georgia USA

I have a black Poodle, her name is Annie. She is a very special dog. I lost my white Poodle to cancer last year. I miss him so very much, but Annie is helping to take away my sadness. One thing that Annie has taught me is that I can't replace the memories of my other Poodle. Those memories are there to stay. The new memories that I am making with Annie take away my sadness, and leave me with the happy memories of my past with Rags. Randy, age 9, Rockford

My dog's name is Nina. One morning I woke up to my miniature white Poodle licking my face. I got dressed and combed my hair. I opened my shades and to my surprise there were tons and tons of snow. There was a good three feet of snow out there. I got in my snow suit right away and went out to play with my friends. We had built this really neat igloo!

Well anyway, I didn't know my mom let my dog out to play with us. We were all shoveling paths to the igloo. As I scooped up a bunch of snow with my shovel and I realized it was really heavy! All of a sudden a small white head with little dark beady eyes and a strong black nose popped up from the snow mound on my shovel! It was Nina!

I gently put down the shovel and picked up my little cold dog. I brought her inside by the fire were she could warm. That night I babied her to death. I felt so guilty. From now on we put a little purple jacket on her whenever she comes out to play in the snow. That way we both can go out and play together without having to worry about that again. Kaitlin, age 12, Pennsylvania USA

My dog's name is Rocky. He is soft and he is a teacup Poodle. My dog loves me and I love him. He plays with me. My dog barks at cats. He goes psycho. Lexie, age 7
One day Millie, my dog, caught a ball under the TV cabinet. Now she won't come out! Katie, age 8

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Hi. I have a miniature Poodle named Sierra and her nickname is CC. Sierra is a cute dog. She is also great with kids. We also have one more dog named Alex. He is a German Shepherd. If someone wants a dog that is very smart and easy to train that is also a loving, cuddling dog I would very much suggest a miniature Poodle. Poodles don't shed much unless their losing puppy fur. Most Poodles are black and white. The white ones are very dirty white unless you want to clean them every other day. Poodles are great with taking baths. So if you want a small dog, by small I mean 17 by 14 inches. Back to the point. If you want a loving, caring dog Poodles are great especially for kids. So if you are considering getting a new dog, all I can say is get a Poodle! Anonymous, age 10
I like my dog, Zsa-Zsa, because she likes to walk on her hind legs with me. She shakes your hand and does lots more tricks. Sometimes she will give you the eye and she will beg you to give her food and because she is lovable, too. Mandi, age 12, Ontario Canada
Brie can shake, roll over,and fetch. Every day she greets us at the door with her favorite toy carrot in her mouth! Briana, age 10, California USA
I have a Standard Poodle named Molly. She is 3 years old. She is so sweet and loving, but she has one little problem that we can't seem to correct. When she gets excited, or someone comes to the door and reaches down to pet her, she widdles on the floor. We have tried and tried to make her stop, but she just gets too excited! Even though she does this, we still think she is the perfect dog and anyone looking for a dog should get a Standard Poodle. They're the best! Megan, Age 9, Colorado USA
Hi. My name is Lindsey. I have a dog named Roxy. She is a Poodle. She is a gray Poodle. It is a girl. When I got my dog, I liked her a lot. She is my first dog. I love her very much. She is very sweet. I got a girl because I am a girl. She has had puppies twice. Well, Roxy is the coolest dog in the world. I love her so much. She turned 2 in August. She and I do everything together. When she dies I will be the saddest girl in the world. I play with her everyday, but if it is raining I play with her inside. She has never run away from home. Well, I have to go feed her, so bye. Lindsey, Age 11, Georgia USA
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My dog's name is Rilla. It is short for Gorilla. He is not my only dog (i have one more dog!!). My hobby is with Rilla, I show him for my hobby. It is so cool!!! My dog is a mini Black Poodle. He is a show dog. And I show him. Yes, he is in show cut , you know, with the butt shaved. That's my dog!!! RILLA!!!!! Fallon, Age 11, Arizona USA
My dog's name is Lady!!!! She is soooooooo cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She won a prize for cutest dog in England!!!!!!!!! I love her her her!!!!!!! She's my best friend!!!!!!!! Vikki, Age 10, London, England
Hi dog lovers,
My name is Vicky and I have two Poodles. Their names are Fifi and Peaches, both girls. They're so sweet and cute. For their birthdays we get them hamburgers or cook chicken for them. Peaches is my dog and I got her for a going away present from my mom. I was about 8 when I got her and everybody who sees her loves her. Fifi, my other dog, is sweet. I got her when I was 2. She's also so cute. Well bye. PS Poodles don't shed hair!
Vicky, Age 11, Maryland USA
Hi. My name is Lindsey. I have a dog named Roxy. She is a Poodle. She is a gray Poodle. It is a girl. When I got my dog, I liked her a lot. She is my first dog. I love her very much. She is very sweet. I got a girl because I am a girl. She has had puppies twice. Well, Roxy is the coolest dog in the world. I love her so much. She turned 2 in August. She and I do everything together. When she dies I will be the saddest girl in the world. I play with her everyday, but if it is raining I play with her inside. She has never run away from home. Well, I have to go feed her, so bye. Lindsey, Age 11, Georgia USA
I have two dogs. They are are really cute. They're both Poodles because my mom is allergic to any animal that sheds. I think one of them is pregnant. She is really fat. Her name is Hershey. The other dog is Snickers. She is really skinny. Right now, she is pouncing against the mirror. She is just a puppy and is just getting to know what 'no' means.

I think a dog is good. They give you lots of company. They are not just man's friend, they are cute and adorable, not to mention pests. I think it is good to have a dog. Danielle, Age 11, New York USA

There are many Poodles around the country without homes. Have your parents call a Poodle rescue to adopt a warm, loving Poodle just waiting for a home.

Check here for a rescue organization in your city.

Miniature poodle, red.

 

Rusty's Ridiculous Riddles!

What do you say to your friend when they go away?

Poodle-oooh!

Sent by Katie, age 7, West Sussex, England

Two white poodle puppies.

Do you want to know more about Poodles? Click on a link below. When you're finished, just close the window and you'll be right back here!

The Poodle Club of America, Inc

 

Some Famous Poodles

Cleo, from Clifford the Big Red Dog
Fifi, the Finster's dog on Rugrats
Daphne, from Look Who's Talking 3 movie
Foo-Foo, Miss Piggy's pet on The Muppet Show
Charley, pet of Nobel Prize author John Steinbeck,
Lerue, famous dog model from K*Mart and Saks Fifth Avenue ads

 

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