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Information

Name : Poodle

Other Names : Caniche Barbone

Origin : Germany, France

Size Type : Medium Dog Breed

Breed Group : Non-sporting dog breeds

Life span : 10-15 years with the miniature class living longer.

Litter Size : 3-4 Puppies

Temperament : Playful, Werid, Energetic

Height : 15"-22" for standard. 10"-15" for Miniature. Below 10" for Toy

Weight : 40-75 LBS for Standard, 15-20 Pounds for miniature, 5-10 pounds for toy

Colors : Standard colors; Apricot, Black, Blue, Brown, Cream, Gray, Red, Silver, Silver Beige, White. Toy & Miniature colors also include; Black & Apricot, Black & Brown, Black & Cream, Black & Gray, Black & red, Black & Silver, Black & tan, Black & White, Blue & White, Brown & Apricot, Brown & White, Cafe Au lait, Cream & White, Gray & White, Red & Apricot, Red & White, White & Apricot, White & Silver.

Puppy Price : $500-$3500, standard poodles typically being more expensive.

Body type

They are very active, and extremely smart. The poodle has an athletic build, they were bred to be a retrieving breed that excels and loves being in the water. It may surprise you to see how much of their mass is actually just there hair. They are fairly skinny, but still proportionate. This breed comes in three sizes, from smallest to biggest. Toy, Miniature, and standard. all dependent on their height.

Head- They have a round head. But with defined stop on the cheek bones and a long muzzle.

Body- They have tight skin through out the body. They have a define muscular body with a level back from shoulders to the base of the tail. Chest is wide and broad with a short and muscular loin. The tail lays atop the butt-ox reaching up to the sky.

Forequarters- All around resemble strength and a high demeanor. The shoulders start out slightly muscular with a shoulder blade laying back into the rest of the body. Forelegs are straight and sitting atop strong mobile feet. The feet are small and oval in shape pointing straight ahead.

Hindquarters- Are set to balance out the forequarters. They have long hamstrings with shorter calves. Looking from the rear the feet should look straight not displaying any major faults.

Coat

Coat- The coat is the most recognizable feature of this breed. It is curly and extremely dense.

It can be clipped many different ways. In the AKC (American Kennel Club) there is four different accepted cuts for the show ring. Many owners decide to just keep the coat shaved as it makes it easier to take care of.

Characteristics

Good with Kids : 83 %
Cat Friendly : 66 %
Dog Friendly : 83 %
Trainability : 100 %
Shedding : 16 %
Watchdog : 33 %
Intelligence : 100 %
Grooming : 100 %
Popularity : 100 %
Adaptability : 66 %
Hypoallergenic : Yes
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Overview

Native to Germany, but became made famous from France, the poodle is a loving companion with a rich history dating back multiple centuries. Poodles come in three different classifications. (Toy, Miniature, & Standard.) They are classified by height, rather then weight. The Toy class falls includes any poodle under 10." The miniature must be higher then 10" and not exceed 15." Anything above these heights is classified as a Standard Poodle, these classes are set by the AKC standard. The poodle is exceptionally smart and requires obedience training to keep there mind active and healthy. Poodles are also exceptional swimmers. As they were bred to be retrievers and aide in hunting. The biggest upkeep of this breed is their fur. The poodles is a non-shedding breed. And does well with people with dog related allergies. It can be a true chore to keep up with the poodle and there forever growing coat, it's thick and hard to brush. Professional grooming is needed every 6-8 weeks, and regular brushing. Many owners keep their poodle shaved to minimize the work of grooming. They need a bath, and to be shaved or trimmed every 3-6 weeks.

Color

Standard colors; Apricot, Black, Blue, Brown, Cream, Gray, Red, Silver, Silver Beige, White.

Toy & Miniature colors also include; Black & Apricot, Black & Brown, Black & Cream, Black & Gray, Black & red, Black & Silver, Black & tan, Black & White, Blue & White, Brown & Apricot, Brown & White, Cafe Au lait, Cream & White, Gray & White, Red & Apricot, Red & White, White & Apricot, White & Silver.

Poodles typically come in solid colors.

Health Problems

The poodle is generally healthy, they are prone to a few different diseases. (listed below) ,which are almost all hereditary. Purchasing a puppy from a reputable breeder helps minimize all these health related risks.

They have chances of receiving the following diseases:

Addison's Disease:
is caused by an insufficient production of adrenal hormones by the adrenal gland.

Hip Dysplasia:
The most common condition in all dog breeds, All three sizes have been known to being susceptible to a few different ranges of hip & elbow dysplasia.

Eye Diseases:
Poodles have been known to have Optic Nerve Hypoplasia, & cataracts. Progressive Retinal Atrophy is another disease that causes the deterioration of the retina.

Gastric Complications:
Commonly called bloat, this is the most common of the gastric complications. (more common in standards.)

Thyroid Gland:
Hypothyroidism is caused by is an under active thyroid gland, resulting in many other symptoms such as lose of hair, Obesity, and Epilepsy.

Exercises

The poodle can live in any apartment varying from Apartments to the country side and also thrive in most weather conditions.

They do require regular exercise of both physical and mental. Regular walks, and play time is required to make sure this breed is happy and fulfilled.

The poodle was bred to be a working breed and is extremely smart being so, require obedience training and constant mental stimulation. They do best if they have a job, whether it's retrieving game for hunters or herding animals.

Origin

The exact origination of the poodle isn't for sure. The breed is known to come from Germany, but grown to popularity and its own distinction in France. This breed dates back thousands of years to even been recognized in Ancient Roman paintings. The poodle is thought to be a cross between several European water dogs, Other historians believe the poodle comes from the North African Barbet. Another common theory is the poodle deprived from different Asian herding dogs.

The exact history is under speculation, but dates back to the ancient times. There is tomb paintings of the poodle found dating back to the first century.

The Miniature and Toy sizes are found to have emerged slightly after the Standard. This breed was brought to fame from it's excellent ability to practice in aiding in the hunting of water fowl.

The poodle is an influential breed for many European countries and is the official dog breed of France.

In the late 1800's was the time many influential kennel clubs started to really take notice of the Poodle. This breed quickly spread to the United states in the 1880's.

The poodle was fairly rare and didn't gain popularity till after world war II where it stayed atop the most popular dog breeds for more than 20 years.

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