Dog Review: Poodle

The Poodle is one of the most well-known dogs on the planet.  They own a spot on the top ten most popular dogs list in almost every major pet-owning country in the world.  The are such a wordly dog that this dog takes the top prize for having the most unique names for a breed.  These include, but are not limited to, Poodle, Pudle, Caniche, and Barbone.  You have a chance of spotting this breed anywhere you visit, so even if you are planning a vacation to another country, keep your eyes peeled for one of the fluffiest dogs to ever exist.

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The term “Poodle” refers to three formal dog breeds, the Standard Poodle, the Miniature Poodle, and the Toy Poodle.  The Standard Poodle was originally bred as a gun dog, a dog that would help hunters track down prey, but now is mainly a status symbol of the wealthy.  The modern Standard Poodle still retains many identifying traits that were prized by their original hunting-oriented owners: a high intelligence that allows for easy training and command of the dog, webbed feet taht help it swim with ease, great endurance, and a moisture-resistant, curly coat.  The miniature and toy viariations were later bred as companion and lap dogs for the upperclass, especially in the UK and France.  The unusual hairstyles and fur colorations that accompanied these dogs were attributed to the need to compliment the styles of upper-class Victorian and Georgian women.

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Poodles, unlike msot other dogs, do not have a double coat.  They have only one dense coat of curly fur.  The texture of this fur can be either caorse and wooly, soft and wavy, or anywhere in between.  These dogs are considered to be hypo allergenix because they have minimal shedding.  What little fur they do shed ends up tangled in its coat.  Poodles require proper care and gromming in order for their coat to not become matted.  When a coat is groomed in a certain way, it is called a “clip”.  There are many different types of clips, from pet clips to show clips, with different styles depending on the cometition, the size. and the category of the dog.  If owners want their dogs in conformation shows, a show clip is a requirement. Many breed registries allow only certain clips for poodles shown in conformation. for example, in American Kennel Club (AKC) shows, adults must be shown in the “Continental” or “English saddle” clips. Dogs under 12 months old may be shown with a “puppy clip”.

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In the continental clip, the face, throat, feet and part of the tail are shaved. The upper half of the front legs is shaved, leaving “fluffy pompons” around the ankles. The hindquarters are completely shaved except for pompons on the lower leg and optional round areas (sometimes called “rosettes”) over the hips. The continental clip is the most popular show clip today.  The English saddle clip is similar to the continental, except for the hindquarters, which are not shaved except for a small, curved area on each flank, the feet, and bands just below the knee and above the ankle, leaving four pompons. This clip is now rarely seen in standard poodles.  Pet clips can be as simple or as elaborate as owners wish. The hair under the tail should always be kept short to keep feces from matting in the dog’s curls. Most owners also keep the feet and face clipped short to prevent dirt from matting between toes, tear stains on lighter-coated poodles and food from matting around the dog’s muzzle. Beyond these sanitary requirements, desired clips depend on owners’ preferences.

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These dogs are extremely intelligent and love people and other dogs.  If you are thinking of getting a poodle for your family I would highly reccomend it!

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