Though the Poodle’s exact ancestry is largely disputed, the French are most commonly credited for the breed’s origins. Poodles are likely descendents of the French Barbet, which was a water dog. Poodles are highly fond of water and were once used as gun dogs that retrieved waterfowl in water and on land. The name Poodle comes from the German Pudel or Pudelhund, which means splashing or splashing dog. The word Poodle is related to the English word puddle. French Poodle breeders are given credit for breeding these dogs successfully in all three sizes of Poodle called the Miniature, Toy and Standard.
The type of fur clips seen on Poodles in competition originated to reduce the weight of the fur while protecting the joints from cold water. The rear half of the dog is shaved with rings of soft fur being left around the lower legs, part of the tail and part of the hips. The head fur is coiffed and styled into a pompadour, which makes the Poodle seem at once beautiful and haughty. The Continental and English Saddle pet clips are intricate and required in American Kennel Club competition. The appearance of the Poodle makes this breed a rather intimidating competitor.
Competition Poodles can be any solid color; however, the American Kennel Club (AKC) does not allow Poodles with multi or parti-colored fur to compete. All three sizes of Poodle can compete if they meet size requirements. The three sizes of Poodle, Miniature, Toy and Standard, have similar overall traits but differ in height and weight.
Miniature Poodles are fifteen to seventeen pounds and eleven to fifteen inches in height at the shoulder, Toy Poodles are six to nine pounds and up to ten inches at the shoulder, and Standard Poodles are forty-five to seventy pounds and over fifteen inches at the shoulder. Poodle breeders must make sure that competition Poodles reflects all of the AKC breed standard characteristics. Examples of traits required in purebred Poodles are: high activity level, intelligence, elegant bearing, straight, delicate muzzle, alert, dark eyes, oval feet, tail that is half-docked and curly, dense fur. Poodle fur is either curly or corded and is hypoallergenic to most humans.
Before considering a purebred Poodle for a pet, potential buyers should research the breed and find out all the Poodle information and history they can. After viewing common Poodle health problems and the requirements of caring for a Poodle, buyers can decide if their home is a good match for a Poodle. Buyers can then begin contacting local Poodle breeders and rescue centers. Buyers should look for AKC certified breeders or breeders with references, and should interview Poodle breeders before purchasing a purebred Poodle. By doing this, buyers can ask specific questions to weed out any illegitimate Poodle breeders.
Purebred Poodles should come with a documented pedigree or ancestry showing evidence of past champions in the genetic line. Poodle breeders should make documentation of ancestry and medical records available to buyers. They should educate buyers on common health problems, historical facts, and proper care and grooming of Poodles. Breeders should be willing to allow buyers to visit their kennels and to meet Poodle puppy parents. A good breeder will never sell a Poodle to a pet store. No good breeder is in the business just to make a profit. Good Poodle breeders want Poodle puppies to go to loving, permanent homes.