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This article also relates to: Miniature Poodle and Toy Poodle

The Poodle originates from...

Believed to have originated in Germany and been introduced to France by German soldiers, the Poodle has traditionally been bred in three sizes, including Miniature, Toy and Standard, with Standard being the oldest variation, used early on as a faithful water retriever. Utilised as a working, military dog since the 17th century, the Poodle possesses a strong hunting instinct and is notoriously intelligent, versatile and active. A popular entertainer in the early French circus, the Poodle was progressively clipped and fashioned for aesthetic suitability in the show ring and was favoured in the royal courts of Europe, appearing to Louis XVI as his pampered companions.

The Poodle is characterised by...

Breed of the week!All three varieties of Poodle are proportionately framed, with dark ovular eyes inset back into the head, a dense, woollen and non-shedding coat that was initially clipped because it became heavy when wet, a deep-chested body that boasts a large lung capacity for stamina when hunting, and a black nose. The Poodle is common in a number of block colour variations, including black, brown, silver beige, blue (grey), apricot, white, sable and brindle. Attributed the label 'utility breed' by the Kennel Club, the Poodle shares its sporting and working category with the Bulldog, Akita and Dalmatian.

The average Poodle...

Contrary to popular belief, the Poodle is not known for possessing an aggressive, highly-strung temperament, but rather is a gentle, vigilant and obedient breed, recognised as one of the most trainable. Alert to threat and change, the Poodle makes a great guard dog and is protective of its owners and family. Whilst there are discrepencies across gender, the average Poodle will weigh between 20-32 kg, and has a long life expectancy of 12-16 years when cared for accordingly.

Because no breed is without its weakness...

Whilst being a generally healthy and long-lived breed, the Poodle is commonly subject to a number of genetic diseases, including optical disorders, ear infections resulting from hair growing inside the ear canal, as well as various skin allergies and intolerances. There are many documented cases of cancer in the breed, epilepsy, thyroid and renal disease, which are a relative cause for concern. Addison's disease, characterised by deficiency in the adrenal cortex, can cause fatal chemical imbalances in Poodles. Additionally, the breed is susceptible to von Willebrand's disease, a common bleeding disorder.

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Our Poodle owners' thoughts

26th Nov 2013
Carole Gaved
  • VioVet Customer Since: September 2013
  • From: United Kingdom

All Poodles like all dogs are a joy to have in your life, Merlin is a Miniature Poodle X Toy Poodle. He has a wonderful nature and is always into mischief. All Poodles need a considerable amount of grooming, if you can't do this is can be very expensive having them groomed regularly at a groomers, so please consider this if your thinking about having a Poodle join your family. Like all breeds Poodles have their health issues, research the breed before dashing out to get a Poodle, it'll save tears later on I can assure you.

29th Jul 2014
Julie Pownall
  • VioVet Customer Since: October 2011
  • From: Somerset, United Kingdom

Wonderful intelligent friends! I am fortunate to have the three sizes and all were unwanted by previous owners. The standard girl is the most placid, but also has a playful nature and loves people and other dogs. The little ones are a little more feisty and definitely yappy! Love their walks...
Hard work for grooming, learn to do it yourself (properly at a local college) and it will save you a fortune.. Prone to hereditary disease so research important.

6th Oct 2014
Christine Brookes
  • VioVet Customer Since: January 2013
  • From: Dorset, United Kingdom

Toy Poodles are great house dogs. No shedding and very affectionate. Blondie loves people - but can be quite greedy - not a normal toy trait but there always has to be one!

25th Jan 2015
Carine Zamponi
  • VioVet Customer Since: June 2012
  • From: Kent, United Kingdom

We have always had poodles in my family and I myself had 2 in my life. They are the most intelligent, obedient, loving and fun dogs in the world and I love my baby Nera, I would recommend poodles to anyone who is looking for a faithful long term term companion. They do not shed their coat either, which is always a bonus!

7th Apr 2015
Julie Fletcher
  • VioVet Customer Since: January 2015
  • From: Bedfordshire, United Kingdom

Standard poodles are not for the faint hearted! They are incredibly intelligent and need exercising both in mind and body. In return you will get total devotion and more fun than you could ever shake a stick at!!

9th Dec 2015
Val Taylor
  • VioVet Customer Since: May 2010
  • From: France, France

I have two standards and for me there is no other dog like them for their intelligence and intuition. Worth the work of grooming and regular clipping.

17th Mar 2016
Louise Simmonds
  • VioVet Customer Since: February 2009
  • From: Shropshire, United Kingdom

Generally long lived, loyal, affectionate, intelligent and playful. Do not shed and so less likely to aggravate allergies/ asthma. Brave and protective of their family. Better company than most humans!

4th Jan 2017
Jill Loomes
  • VioVet Customer Since: July 2015
  • From: Hampshire, United Kingdom

Hi, I have a cavapoo- Heidi which is a lovely cross breed of a cavalier King Charles spaniel with a miniature poodle. She is bouncy lots of energy, affectionate, intelligent and a lovely companion.
She has lots of energy needs walking every day to be calm but she is a sensitive dog, learns quickly and hates to be left alone .

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