Standard Poodle Facts
The poodle is an extremely popular dog and, unless you have met one, there are many standard poodle facts that will surprise you.
Standard poodles appear girly and dainty but their delicate good looks belie their strength, agility and toughness.
Interesting Standard Poodle Facts
The standard poodle was originally bred to do things. It is a highly intelligent dog that adapts well to training.
- The name. The name poodle comes from the German word ‘pudel’ which means to splash in water. The breed is believed to have originated in Germany.
- One breed. All poodles, no matter what the size, are considered to be the same breed. The words toy, miniature and standard refer only to the size of the dog. The standard poodle is the oldest of the three, from which the other two were bred down.
- French connection. Poodles were standardized in France, where they were bred as water retrievers and gun dogs. It is now the French national dog.
- Art buff. The poodle has probably been represented in art works more than any other dog. In fact, some people consider the poodle to be a piece of art and grooming them has reached new and creative heights these days, especially in America.
- Hair not fur. The poodle has a single coat that doesn’t appear to shed. In reality, it does shed but the hair gets tangled in the coat instead of falling off. The coat is a single one, unlike most dogs that have double coats. The fur is often referred to as hair.
- No doggy odor. The poodle does not have that characteristic doggy smell that other dogs have and are considered to be hypoallergenic. Whilst a few people may have an allergic reaction to them, this dog is the least likely to set off a reaction.
- Intelligence. As far as intelligence goes, the poodle is rated second only to the border collie. This means they are easy to train, respond well to commands and housetrain quickly.
- Sense of humor. Poodles like to clown around and are full of bounce and energy. People who own them swear that their dogs have a sense of humor.
- Affectionate and loving. Despite their sophisticated looks, poodles love to be loved and are obedient, good with children and eager to please.
- Ribbons not just for show. The grooming and distinctive cuts that poodles sport nowadays had a very practical purpose when they were used as working and retrieving dogs. The thick curly coat was shaved in certain places to help poodles swim better. Fur was left where it would protect their joints and internal organs and the ribbon on the top was for easier identification in the water.
- Versatile workers. Standard Poodle facts include that they have been used with great success in a number of occupations, from police work to sheep herding, hospital therapy, circus performing and guiding the blind.
These standard poodle facts show that this dog is a marvelous companion, willing worker and all round good-looking dog.