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