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Poodle

Affable. Energetic. Loving. Poodles are fluffy and friendly dogs that love being devoted members of a happy family household. With a variety of dog sizes to choose from, Poodles can make excellent and active pets in big homes or lapdog favourites in small apartments.

If you a seeking a prim and proper canine companion that suits a variety of lifestyles, then a Poodle might be the perfect fit for you.

Where I'm From

The Poodle joins the world's oldest breeds of dog with similar-looking dogs appearing on ancient Greek and Egyptian relics. Whilst its true ancestry is unclear, the modern day Poodle originates from Germany where they were developed as water dogs that specialise in waterfowl retrieval. Their name stems from the German word pudel, meaning “to splash about".

The breed was refined and standardised in neighbouring France where it became the country's national breed favoured by aristocracy. The French developed the breed from the medium-large sized Standard into the Miniature and Toy varieties that remain popular today.

What I Look Like

Poodles are renown for their single-layer woolly and curly coats that give them a lamb-like appearance. Famous for their designer haircuts and well-to-do owners, Poodles come in 3 different sizes: Standard, which is a medium-large dog, Miniature, a small dog, and a tiny Toy variety that usually stands under thirty centimeters. Under the Poodle's full, fluffy coat is a slender frame, long snout and floppy, face-hugging ears.

How I Act

Poodles are one of the most intelligent dog breeds with good long-term memories. They are affectionate and devoted pets that thrive in a close family environment and are good with kids. Though the smallest Toy varieties may not be suitable for very small children who may cause unintentional injury to the delicate pup.

Poodles, especially smaller varieties, may develop neurosis if excessively pampered. This can lead to a number of behavioural problems including your dog believing they are a family pack leader, suspicion of strangers and destructive tendencies.

Due to their extreme intelligence Poodles make excellent students. They prosper in dog training school and enjoy bonding with their masters. It is best that Poodles are trained and socialised from a young age in order to grow into well-rounded pets and temper any anxious tendencies.

Though the Standard needs a decent 30-minute to 1-hour walk daily, Miniature and Toy Poodles can tire out by home-based play and require much less outside exercise.

Looking After Me

Poodles are generally healthy pups. However, they can suffer from a range of ailments including eye diseases such as Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), a range of allergies and ear infections. Standards can also endure hip dysplasia or bloat. Smaller Poodle varieties can suffer from teeth overcrowding (Toy) or joint problems.

It is advisable to check the temperament and medical history of a puppy's parents and view veterinarian clearance certificates to ensure you get a healthy dog. Be very wary of uncertified backyard breeders.

Standard Poodles can live 10-14 years, whilst their Miniature and Toy cousins can live much longer potentially up to 20 years.

Poodles need to be fed high-quality dog food twice a day depending on size of dog and packaging instructions.

They are high-maintenance dogs that need a fair degree of upkeep to remain in tiptop shape. Their non-shedding woolly coat needs to be clipped every few weeks to keep their coat manageable. Many owners just crop the coat short though some try to retain designer haircuts. If you are thinking of purchasing a Poodle, you need to factor in the costs of professional upkeep unless you are willing to learn how to trim your Poodle yourself.

Poodles also need daily brushing and a bath every few weeks to prevent fur matting and dirt accumulating in their coat.

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