Poodle Puppies

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The poodle is the embodiment of beauty and extravagant decorative qualities. The harmonious constitution of this dog, its magnificent temperament, and high intelligence create a lovely combination. The poodle’s delightful appearance sparkles with charm and expressiveness, and his kindness and love of life know no bounds. These wonderful dogs are distinguished by incredible devotion to all family members and increased sensitivity to human attention. They are cheerful, mischievous, love to fool around and are always ready to take part in fun and games.

The history of the poodle breed

There is a professional consensus among experts that the poodle is one of the oldest dog breeds. However, there is no clarity regarding its country of origin, ancestors, or stages of breed formation. At different times, three countries - Germany, Hungary and France - claimed the right to be considered the birthplace of the poodle. The original purpose of poodles seems to have been hunting, and their progenitors were shaggy shepherd dogs and so-called water dogs, who bring game out of the water during hunting.

This type of dogs has been known in many Western European countries. Among the ancestors of the large and medium poodle are water spaniels, whose ancestors, in turn, are considered to be barbet (French water dog), dogs related to komondors (hairy Hungarian shepherd dogs) and puli (Hungarian water dogs). Miniature poodles share the features of toy spaniels, Maltese and bichons. Retrievers, pointers and greyhounds presumably also influenced the formation of the breed. In German, "pudel" (or "pudelin") means "puddle," "swamp" or the whole concept of "flopping around in the water." The English word "poodle" is also derived from "puddle." The French name for the breed is Canish. The word "caniche" comes from "chien canard," which means "duck hunting dog." Images of dogs that resemble poodles in appearance can be seen on ancient Roman and Greek coins and bas-reliefs in ancient Roman tombs. Poodle-shaped dogs are depicted in medieval murals of the Benedictine monastery of Monreale in Sicily and the Saint-Remy Abbey in France.

Dogs with the “lion mane” that’s characteristic of poodles can be found on the canvases of Dutch and Flemish painters. The first written descriptions of the poodle are present in European chronicles that date back to the 16th century, and they already mention poodle subtypes that differ from each other in size and color. By the 18th century, poodles have gained extraordinary popularity among the European nobility. At the same time, hairdressing was rapidly developing in Europe, and during the reign of Louis XVI, the first pet grooming salons appeared in France. The court hairdressers, who had mastered the new craft, began to give variously styled haircuts to the thick-haired pets of their noble masters. To please his wife Marie Antoinette, who adored poodles, the king himself proclaimed the miniature poodle the official court breed. The pleasing appearance and good-nature of the poodle also appealed to creative, artistic and extravagant natures. These dogs were the favorites of such great people as George Sand, Thomas Mann, Schopenhauer, and Ludwig van Beethoven.

Poodles have also earned the love of circus performers, since their outstanding learning ability allows them to perform stunning tricks in the arena. However, the poodle didn’t only entertain the high society and the bohemians. His courage, devotion and ingenuity were also in demand in military battles – these dogs searched for the wounded and delivered secret reports. The first poodle standard was defined and published in Great Britain in 1886; later, breed standards were also drawn up in Germany, France and other countries. These noble-looking dogs were well-known not only in the aristocratic circles, but also among the Russian intelligentsia, artists, actors and writers. Up until now, there is a belief that the poodle is a dog for people with taste and intelligence.

Poodles: exterior

The current breed standard allows six poodle color varieties, two coat types and four height varieties: large (or standard, royal), small (or medium), miniature (or dwarf), and toy poodle.

Frame

The poodle is proportionate, with approximately equal height at withers and length from breastbone to rump bone. The chest is deep, long, wide, well developed. Its front part is set high, which allows the head to be held with pride and nobility. The ribs are oval-vaulted. The line of the back should be straight, the loin should be strong and muscular. The poodle’s belly and groin are tucked up, but not as expressively as in greyhounds.

Head

Elongated, proportionate to the body, elegantly shaped, but not too light. The skull is clearly sculpted, slightly convex in profile. The line of transition from the skull to the muzzle is almost imperceptible. The muzzle contour is straight, elongated, not too sharp. The lips are of medium thickness, the upper one comes over the lower one, but does not hang down. The lips in black, white and gray dogs are black, in brown dogs the lips are brown, in apricot poodles they can be of any color from thick dark brown to black. The same color scheme, matching the color of the animal, is characteristic of the nose. The nose itself is quite large, the nostrils are well-developed. The cheeks do not protrude, and fit tightly around the cheekbones, which are weakly articulated.

Jaws and teeth

The poodle’s jaws are strong, with a scissor bite and white teeth.

Eyes

Almond-shaped, not convex, slightly obliquely located in line with the nose bridge. In black, white, gray, apricot dogs the eyes are dark brown or almost black with a blue tint. Brown poodles have brown eyes, often with a dark amber hue. The expression of the eyes is lively, curious and even somewhat passionate.

Ears

Set high, fairly long, hanging down to the corners of the lips along the cheeks and adjacent to them. Ears widen downwards and are rounded at the tips. Poodle ears are attractively decorated with thick long hair.

Neck

Strong, slightly curved in the back. Neck is of medium length, slightly shorter than or equal to the length of the head.

Limbs

The forelegs should be perfectly straight, parallel to each other, graceful, but also moderately muscular. The pasterns should be strong, but not massive. Well-developed musculature should be clearly visible on the hindquarters, especially around the thighs. When viewed from the rear, the hindquarters, like the forelegs, appear parallel to each other, but when viewed from the side, the stifle and hock joints are noticeable curved. The shanks are vertical. Poodles’ paws are oval-shaped, quite small, but strong. The fingers are connected by a membrane and compactly bent towards the ground, their pads are dense and plump. The claws of black and gray poodles should be black. Brown dogs’ claws are brown or black. In white dogs they are black or pink (natural for the horn tissue). In apricot-colored dogs, the claws may be colored black or dark brown.

Tail

Thick at the base, the tail is set high, pointing upwards. It can be either natural length, or shortened by half or a third. In repose, the tail is lowered. When moving, the tail is directed upward in an oblique direction.

Movement

The poodle’s movements are easy, effortless and energetic at the same time. His gait is incredibly elegant and resembles a dance. As it starts trotting, the dog moves springily, showing mainly the strength and muscularity of the hind limbs.

Hair

The poodle has a very thick and lush coat, which is a feature that makes this dog completely unique. Two types of coats are typical for this breed - curly and corded.

Color

According to the FCI standards, a poodle can be black, white, brown, gray, apricot, or red. Other international organizations recognize other colors as well. The main requirement is that the color should be uniform, without any marks. There are restrictions for certain colors. For instance, the brown should be a rather dark, warm tone. The dark chestnut color, which results from the black color fading, is not allowed. Beige and lighter shades are also undesirable. The gray color should be rather intense; its shades should not resemble either white or black. The poodle’s apricot color should be even and not turn into beige, cream, dark chestnut, or red colors. The red color, in turn, should not resemble the apricot shade.

Haircuts

Three main standards for poodle grooming have been approved for participation in exhibitions. If your poodle is not a show dog you can certainly choose any option that you like.

Poodle character

Poodles, whose appearance is distinguished by sophistication and elegance, are often called "women’s" dogs, which is completely unfair. Do not forget that the ancestors of this beautiful dog were hunting dogs. From them, the poodle got its mobility, energy, and love for an active lifestyle. He loves playing with the ball, jogging with the owner, and swimming is his favorite. However, this dog will enjoy lying on the couch with the owner and watching TV shows, too.

The poodle is known for its outstanding intelligence and quick wit. There’s a saying about poodles: "A poodle is not yet a person, but it’s not just a dog." It is the poodle’s intellect that determines his behavior, which demonstrates unique obedience. It may even seem that this dog is a saint, but in fact, he idolizes his master and recognizes him as an indisputable authority, realizing that he is smarter than himself. The poodle supports the "leader" in everything they do, and does not consider it necessary to argue with him. If the owner is digging the ground in the garden, the poodle will immediately join in and begin to dig the ground nearby, and if the owner decides to sit down and enjoy the sunset, the poodle will definitely settle down next to him and enjoy the sunset, too. Natural observation skills, intelligence, memory, and curiosity help the poodle to capture all the nuances of communication with his owner - changes in facial expressions, gestures, intonations - anticipating their further actions and wishes. The dog is willing to do anything, so as not to upset his owner, so he strives to precisely follow all commands, and sometimes manages to do this even before the owner expresses his wishes.

If a poodle has made a mistake, he will demonstrate that he is asking for forgiveness, he has realized everything, and that nothing of the sort will ever happen again. The poodle's ability to perceive human speech is superbly developed. It is believed that he knows over 70 words. But fans of this dog breed are convinced that this number is excessively underestimated. Moreover, poodles understand many words by following the movement of a person's lips. This gift allows them to become excellent companions for deaf and dumb people. The poodle is a very social dog. He needs to interact not only with the owner, but with all the family members. At the same time, the innate sense of pride does not allow the poodle to be intrusive. The owners of this dog should understand that it needs signs of attention and displays of love.

Otherwise, the poodle may well become depressed and even sick. Poodles love children. They are ready to be their friends and guardians at the same time. Actually, the poodle's knack for guardianship can manifest itself in relations with all family members, regardless of their age – it’s how the dog realizes its shepherd inclinations. The poodle is not aggressive and is completely harmless. His attitude towards strangers depends on whether he liked the person or not. But in extreme cases, he can bark at someone suspicious. Poodle guards are useless, but if they sense danger, they will certainly let their owner know with a ringing bark. Poodles get along well with pets that live in the same family, including cats. However, unfamiliar cats may suffer if a poodle’s hunting instinct suddenly manifests itself.

Nurture and training

Such innate character traits of the poodle as quick wit, obedience and imitation, as well as its inherent sense of shame, make the process of training and training almost hassle-free. These dogs memorize commands very quickly, it is enough to explain or show them what and how to do a couple of times, and they will remember the lesson forever. Poodle puppies are playful, like children, so training should take place in the form of a game, where the owner acts as a partner and comrade.

The dog begins to perceive human life as a game, and tries to imitate people: puts his toys in a box, brings the right things. Growing up, the poodle almost becomes human, begins to take an active part in family household affairs, and shares its owners’ hobbies. Yelling at a poodle and punishing him is not allowed. Actually, he will rarely give you any reasons to. If, nevertheless, the dog makes a mistake, the explanation of its mistake should not be overly harsh or tedious. Shaming your pet should be brief and convincing at the right time and in the right place so that he understands what it’s about. A poodle is a thinking dog, and this quality needs to be developed and encouraged: communicate with him a lot, talk, explain your actions, talk about your expectations.

Grooming and maintenance

In order for the poodle to always look healthy, well-groomed and neat, regular care is needed for his magnificent thick coat. It is best to comb your dog daily, or at least three times a week, since its growing hair does not shed. For this purpose, you will need a special poodle comb and a massage brush. You need to comb the dog, alternating movements along and against the direction of the fur growth. First comb the hair on the body, then on the paws.

If you do not follow this rule, the hair will get tangled, and it’s very difficult to get rid of the tangles. The poodle loves water very much, so the frequent baths that it needs do not cause him any inconvenience. You should wash your dog at least once or twice a month, using a special shampoo for long-haired dogs. Before the bath, the poodle must be carefully combed. Hair should be untangled or the tangles must be carefully cut out with sharp miniature scissors. Lather the dog and thoroughly rinse off the foam at least two times. The hair that hasn’t been thoroughly washed will certainly get tangled again. Another important element of poodle grooming is a regular haircut.

This dog’s supple and springy hair is the foundation of its decorative effect. When pressing on the hair with the palm of your hand, you can feel the resistance, and then it almost instantly restores its original shape. This feature allows for a wide variety of hairstyles – more than in any other dog breed. In addition to standard haircuts, there are lots of creative options. If you are looking for poodle puppies for sale, our kennel has a wonderful choice and we’ll be happy to offer you little well-bred bundles of joy from our poodle family.