Today, October 1st, is Poodle Day! These iconic dogs have very unique appearances, and make fun and lovable pets. A local vet discusses the Poodle below.
Fido was initially 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 knocked them off the top spot.
Some believe that the Poodle originated in Germany. 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 Caniche, or ‘duck dog.’ Other possibilities include Russia and Northwest Africa.
Fido’s first job was retrieving fowl and spent arrows. Those tufts of fur on his legs helped him move through the water.
There are three official types of Poodles; Standard, Miniature, and Toy. There is also a fourth type, Medium, but it’s not universally accepted.
Poodles were once very popular circus dogs! Fido learned many tricks, including walking tightropes, acting, and performing card tricks.
Poodles are often called hypoallergenic dogs. This isn’t technically correct, as they do shed and produce dander. However, their curly coats trap the dander, and their fur grows slowly, so people with allergies often find them easier to tolerate than other pups.
Fido can wear a whopping 50 different hairstyles, including a form of doggy dreadlocks, which is called cording. If you take Fido to a salon, bring a picture of the cut you want, to avoid confusion.
Most Poodles live long, happy, 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 hip dysplasia and eye disorders.
Fido may very well have gotten his name from his love of jumping over puddles. Poodles are very active, and need lots of exercise and playtime.
Poodles usually love the water. This makes sense, as they were bred to retrieve game, he may be over the moon if you toss a stick or ball into a pond or pool for him. Just don’t leave him unattended near water.
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