Lifespan: 12 – 15 years
Height: Toy Poodle: 24 – 28 cm, Miniature Poodle: 28 – 35 cm, Standard Poodle: 45 – 60 cm, Medium Poodle: 35 – 45 cm
Temperament: Alert, Intelligent, Faithful, Active, Instinctual, Trainable
Colors: Black, Apricot, White, Cream, Tan, Blue Belton, Blue, Silver, Sable, Brown
Origin: Germany, France
Nature and character
The poodle is a playful and happy dog. He shows in all its variations as a very enterprising animal. The poodle is a very adaptive animal and proves in all situations a high adaptability. He is intelligent and well educated, which is why he is still used with preference as a family and working dog.
The poodle is a loyal dog who prefers to be with his master or with his family. The smaller toy poodles and poodles, unlike many other breeds, can be taken anywhere without any problems and can also cope well in small apartments. At the same time, the poodle is also a very sensitive animal, which hangs tenderly at his master and his family. He attends to his loved ones a high attention and is able to recognize any mood swings of its owner immediately.
Activities with the poodle
Due to its affable and cheerful nature, the poodle is especially popular as a companion and family dog. His high learning ability also makes him a popular dog for trickdogging. Although the poodle is hardly used as a workhorse today, his high comprehension and agility are still evident in the various disciplines of dog sports. Sporting activities also provide the intelligent and lively poodle with the necessary challenge in everyday life. In addition, large poodles in particular are used successfully as search and guide dogs.
Origin & History
As varied as the characteristics of the poodle are the tasks that have been entrusted to it over the centuries. It originates from the southern European water dogs, which were used from the 16th to the 18th century in large parts of Europe as working and hunting dogs. The poodle also owes its name to this task; The term poodle derives from the word pothole or puddle. In addition to his job as a hunting and working dog, the poodle also developed into a fashion and saloon dog of the nobility. The country of origin of the poodle today is France, where the poodle breed is operated since the end of the 19th century.
Racial features poodle
The breed is subdivided into the four poodle types Toy Poodle, Toy Poodle, Medium Poodle and Grand Poodle. A large poodle reaches a size of 46-60 cm with a weight of about 20 kg; the middle poodle weighs about 10 kg with a size of 36-45 cm. The size of the small poodle is 28-35 cm, its weight about 6 kg. The toy poodle, the smallest type of poodle, can reach a size of up to 28 cm and an ideal size of 25 cm. He weighs about 3 kg.
The poodle is bred in five different colors. The recognized colors are black, brown, white, gray and apricot. Two-colored animals are also widespread; however, these species are not officially recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale.
The poodle has a harmonious physique with a body length that exceeds the shoulder height by about 10%. The head is in good relationship to the body with an oval and well-shaped head. The nose is well developed and depending on the color of the animal either completely black or black to dark brown. The poodle has fiery and attentive almond-shaped eyes, whose color can also vary from black to dark brown. Characteristic of the poodle are also the long rounded ears, which hang down to the side and have a very frizzy hairiness.
The poodle has a strong neck, muscular limbs and sloping muscular shoulders. The croup is rounded and merges into a high set tail. The paws are small with bent toes. Characteristic of the poodle is also the dense and woolly hair that can be curly, curly or shaped in strings. For the Schur of the poodle fixed standards apply; so the coat is left on the limbs and brought to a length that increases from top to bottom. On the body, the hair is shortened to a length of 0.5 cm and brought in the area of the rump and shoulder depending on Pudelart to a length of 4-7 cm.