The highly intelligent Poodle makes a fun loving and energetic companion.
What kind of temperament does the Poodle have?
Personality: Forget the silly haircuts and the highly pruned prancing show specimens that you may have seen. Forget the prissy, wimpy image of a dog that is the pampered pooch of Hollywood darlings.
The Poodle is anything but wimpy.
These are intelligent, loyal, adaptable dogs with a happy, playful personality and are often described as having a great sense of humor.
You will never be alone with a Poodle, they have a very sensitive temperament and seem to know exactly when you need some sympathy and adoration.
Poodles are people pleasers and will bond with the entire family rather than just one individual and will love to be at your side all day long.
The breed temperament is generally very even and adaptable, they will be just as willing to lie at your feet while you watch TV, as they will be to follow when you decide to go for an impromptu hike in the mountains.
It is no wonder then that these are one of America’s top 10 most popular dog breeds.
Is the Poodle an athlete or a couch potato?
Definitely An Athlete: These athletic dogs enjoy frequent outdoor exercise such as running and swimming. They should have a daily walk to burn off excess energy to keep them calm and manageable in the house. A daily 30 minute to hour long walk should be enough, a session of fetch in the yard or park will also help.
Poodles are one of the few breeds that seem to recognize other members of their own breed. The way Poodle’s play together is more bouncy and very different from their play with other dogs and can be very fun too watch.
How well Does The Poodle get on with everyone else?
Children: With such an exuberant personality, Poodles are one of the best dog breeds for children for older kids. Poodles’s bouncy playful excitability may be too much for smaller children however. The breed comes in two smaller varieties should the Standard be too large for your children; they are the Miniature Poodle and the Toy Poodle with the miniature being a smaller version of the standard
Other Animals: Because of their hunting history, Poodles tend to have a strong prey drive which can manifest in a desire to chase every squirrel and cat in the neighborhood, for this reason introducing any small animal can be problematic. The best thing to do is to raise the dog with a cat from puppy hood.
Despite these instincts, Poodles can be taught to accept small animals as part of the pack and will even protect them as part of the family.
Strangers: The Standard Poodle is very territorial. They make excellent watch dogs, alerting you of danger with a loud strong bark.This breed will stand its ground.
What are the main health concerns that Poodle owners should look out for?
Health: On the whole this is fairly a healthy breed although some breed lines might be more susceptible to certain health issues than others.
- Some Poodles can be prone to hip dysplasia. This is a heritable disease where the hip joint ihas not developed properly, the problem will develop over time. Poodles with hip dysplasia may eventually become lame, although surgery can often help with severe cases.
Some Poodles are also at risk from certain eye diseases including:inherited progressive retinal atrophy which will eventually render the dog blind. Optic nerve hypoplasia is where the optic nerve has not developed properly so that the dog does not have vision in the affected eye.Some poodles develop cataracts as they age. These may be removed through surgery
- Standard Poodles are at potential risk of suffering from Gastric Torsion or Dog Bloat. This is a serious condition which can be fatal and is caused large dogs eat their food too quickly
How easy is it to look after and care for your Poodle?
Grooming: The non-
It is best to brush your Poodle at least once a week to keep mats from forming and also after any outdoor adventures in order to remove any burs or twigs that they may have picked up on their adventures
Ensure that they gets used to extensive grooming from a young age; these sessions are an ideal way to bond with your dog while checking them over for any cuts or skin abnormalities.
Shedding Very light, virtually non-
Training: Poodles are highly intelligent and very trainable. They do need to be kept mentally stimulated and taught positive behaviors early on. If you let their training lapse, then they will happily develop their own rules and it is unlikely that you will like what they teach themselves.
Many owners talk about their dogs who know how to open the refrigerator and even unzip a purse to remove dog treats.
What kind of person gets on best with a Poodle?
Ideal Poodle owner’s are: active and affectionate who enjoy grooming, energetic walks and playing with their dogs. They are also ideal for allergy sufferers who want an active dog .
Not recommended for: stay at home or sedentary owners smaller children, ignoring or leaving alone for long periods.
Poodle Breed History
The Poodle has a surprisingly ancient history. with Poodle-type dogs appearing on a carving dated 30 AD. from the reign of Emperor Augustus.
It is thought that the breed, as we know it today, originated in Germany where larger Poodles were used as water retrieving dogs and were known for their trademark hair style. This style that was a purely practical working pattern that not only aided swimming but kept the unshaven joints and the chest area warm.The German word ‘pudel’ literally means to splash in water.
However, it was in France that the Poodle was most enthusiastically adopted and the breed was valued both as a working dog and as a companion rather than a working retriever and the breed’s characteristic clip was accentuated.
During the 18th century. Poodles also gained a reputation as circus dogs. A highly trained troupe of Poodles became the toast of England, drawing huge crowds to watch them perform unusual tricks, such as walking on a tightrope on their hind legs and racing with monkeys as jockeys on their backs.
Successful efforts were then made to breed smaller Poodle specimens and today the breed is split into three varieties: the Standard, the Miniature and the Toy. They are all popular as companion dogs
It was around this time that Poodles began to be associated more with France, ( they became the national dog breed of France) than Germany. Since World War 2 then the Poodle has gone from strength to strength, especially in America where it is one of the most popular breeds around.
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