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Poodle: Meet One Of The Smartest And Oldest Dog Breeds

Poodle: Meet One Of The Smartest And Oldest Dog Breeds

Poodle originated in Germany as a duck hunter over 400 years ago. However, today the Poodle is known as a national dog of France. Poodles’ legendary intelligence combined with great swimming ability made them excellent hunting companions. Their flamboyant coat only added to the great look and the popularity of the breed and soon Poodle took over the hearts of nobility across Europe.

Poodle: Dog Breed Info

Physical Characteristics

The characteristic Poodle look originates from the hunting and retrieving days of the breed. Hunters would shave the neck, legs, and tail but leave the coat on the chest, leg joints, and hips. 

The reason was simple, Poodle spent most of the time in the water, and a coat was needed to protect those vital and sensitive parts from cold.

The iconic rounded tufts on the Poodle’s joints, hips, and tail are called pompons.

Size

The standard Poodle stands at over 15 inches tall. Males weigh between 60 and 70 pounds, while females tend to be lighter and weigh between 40 and 50 pounds.

Coat

Poodle’s hair is curly, dense, and can be shaved, trimmed, and clipped in any shape you want. The coat comes in several colors such as silver, cream, white, black, blue, gray, apricot, and café-au-lait.

Personality & Temperament

Poodle is one of the most intelligent dogs in the world. Their intelligence and cleverness will often surprise you and blow you away. Poodle is also a loyal, playful, and friendly dog that loves human company and is eager to please. 

Early socialization and exposure to new people, dogs, animals, and situations is crucial if you want to own a confident, well-rounded dog. 

Health & Lifespan

Poodles are generally healthy dogs, but like all dog breeds, they are prone to certain diseases and health issues.

The most common health issues in Poodles are:

  • Epilepsy
  • Patellar luxation
  • Von Willebrand’s disease
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Sebaceous Adenitis
  • Progressive retinal atrophy
  • Legg-Perthes disease
  • Cushing’s disease
  • Addison’s disease
  • Bloat

The life expectancy of a Poodle is between 10 and 18 years on average.

Care

Exercise

Poodles are active dogs and they need good daily exercise to stay happy and healthy. Regular walks coupled with playing or swimming sessions are an excellent way to reduce their energy levels and keep them busy. 

Remember, Poodles are extremely intelligent dogs and they can get bored quickly. Therefore, make sure you frequently add new toys, and new things to play sessions to make them more interesting.

Grooming

Poodle is a high-maintenance dog that requires regular grooming every three to four weeks. This includes hair trimming, bathing and brushing, and nail trimming.

Most dog owners hire a professional groomer to take care of their dog’s coat. However, some dog owners take the easier path and completely shave their Poodle.

You will also need to brush your Poodle teeth daily to prevent bad breath and gum disease. 

It’s also important to regularly check Poodle’s ears for the signs of infection.

Nutrition

High-quality food and a well-balanced diet appropriate to your dog’s size, age and activity level play a crucial role in the development and good health of the dog. 

Regularly check your dog’s weight and portion his meals to prevent overeating and obesity.

Trainability

As we have already said, Poodles are extremely smart dogs capable of learning new things quickly, also they are eager to please their owners. Therefore, Poodles are easy to train using positive reinforcement methods.

Commonly Asked Questions

Is Poodle aggressive?

Generally, Poodles aren’t aggressive dogs. However, sometimes a Poodle can develop anxiety and aggression towards strangers.

How much does a Poodle cost?

Expect to pay between $600 and $1600 for a standard poodle and $1000 to $2000 for a mini or toy poodle.

Do Poodles get attached to one person?

Yes, Poodles tend to pick their favorite person in the house and they closely bond with that person.