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Poodle Day

October 3 2022
  Poodle Day is today, October 1st! These iconic dogs have truly unique appearances, and make fun and lovable pets. A local vet talks about the Poodle below.    

Beloved Underdog

 

  At first, Fido was met with some side-eye, but he became quite popular after winning Best In Show at Westminster. In fact, the Poodle was the most popular breed from 1960 to 1982, when the Cocker Spaniel took the top spot.    

Unclear History

 

  Some believe that Germany was the Poodle’s place of origin. Fido’s name seems to support this: the word ‘Pudel’ means ‘to splash’ in German. However, others think they are from France, where they were called the ‘duck dog’ or Caniche. Other possibilities include Northwest Africa and Russia.    

Early Job

 

  Fido’s first job was retrieving spent arrows and fowls. Those tufts of fur on his legs helped him move through the water.    

Three Sizes

 

  There are three official types of Poodles; Toy, Miniature, and Standard. There is also a fourth type, Medium, but it’s not universally accepted.    

Fido Used To Be In The Circus

 

  Poodles were once very popular circus dogs! Fido learned many tricks, including acting, walking tightropes, and performing card tricks.    

Allergy-Friendly

 

  Poodles are often called hypoallergenic dogs. Technically, this isn’t correct, as they do produce and shed dander. However, their curly coats trap the dander, and their fur grows slowly, so people with allergies often find them easier to live with than other pups.    

Grooming

 

  Fido can wear a whopping 50 different hairstyles, including cording, which is a form of doggy dreadlocks. If you take Fido to a salon, to avoid confusion, bring a picture of the cut you want.    

Healthy Pups

 

  Most Poodles live happy, long, healthy lives thanks to the efforts of dedicated, responsible breeders who routinely test all breeding stock. As with all breeds, however, some health issues can occur, including eye disorders and hip dysplasia.    

Activity Level

 

  Fido may well have gotten his name from his love of jumping over puddles. Poodles are very active, and need lots of playtime and exercise.    

They Love Swimming

 

  Most Poodles love the water. This makes sense, as they were bred to retrieve game. He may be over the moon if you toss a ball or stick into a pool or pond for him. Just don’t leave him unattended near water.       Contact us, your animal clinic, for your pet’s care needs. We’re here to help!

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