Active, Proud, Clever, Faithful
- Height10-23 in
- Weight40-70 lbs
- Lifespan10-18 years
Although they’re the national dog of France, Poodles are believed to have originated in Germany. The breed name comes from the German word “pudel,” which means “to splash in the water.” Many believe the Poodle is a cross between several European water breeds. The Poodle was originally bred to fetch waterfowl for hunters or fish for fishermen. Poodles are excellent swimmers and love to be in water. Poodles were purposely bred with traits such as webbed paws and a water-proof coat to help them stay in water for longer periods of time. The Poodle was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1887.
The Poodle is an active breed with a lean, athletic build. They come in three size varieties: standard, miniature and toy. Poodles have a square appearance with floppy ears and a long, elegant neck. Poodles can grow to be 10-24 inches tall depending on their size category and weigh between 40-70 pounds.
Poodles are characterized as intelligent, alert, energetic and incredibly friendly. They’re generally great with children and other dogs and make wonderful family companions. Poodles can be reserved around strangers when introduced for the first time. Under normal circumstances, Poodles aren't aggressive but can be very protective of their family. They’re very loyal and tend to bond quickly with their family members.
Grooming Your Poodle
Poodles are known for their curly, single-layered coat. Much like humans, a Poodles’ hair will continue to grow all year round. Their coat comes in a variety of colours including white, black and apricot. Poodles are considered hypoallergenic as a result of their unique coats and minimal shedding, this is a great benefit for owners that may be allergic to dog fur. Poodles also need regular nail trimming, ear cleaning and dental care.
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Training & Exercise for Poodles
Poodles are known for their intelligence and ease of training. Poodles love to learn and are eager to please their owners. They respond well to positive reinforcement and reward-based training.
Poodles of all sizes are high energy and require an adequate amount of exercise. They’re best suited for highly active owners. It’s recommended that you spend 30-60 minutes exercising your Poodle each day. Poodles love daily walks around the neighbourhood or a rousing game of fetch. Poodles also excel in a variety of canine sports including obedience, agility and retrieving.
Health Considerations for Poodles
The Poodle is a generally healthy breed with an average lifespan of 10-18 years. To ensure your Poodle gets the most out of these years, it’s important to be aware of some of the common health issues Poodles are prone to, including Addison's disease, hip dysplasia, epilepsy, bloat and patellar luxation.
Addison’s disease, also known as hypoadrenocorticism, is a chronic condition in which the adrenal glands don’t produce enough of the hormones cortisol and aldosterone. As a result of the wide range of symptoms associated with this disease, many dog owners fail to recognize it in its early stages. Some common symptoms to look out for in your Poodle include lethargy, diarrhea, vomiting, excessive thirst and loss of appetite. Although not curable, your Poodle can go on to live a normal life by taking lifelong replacement hormones.
Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD)
Canine hip dysplasia (CHD) is one of the most common canine ailments. It’s a genetic condition that causes an abnormal formation of the hip socket, which can eventually lead to lameness and arthritis of the joints. This hereditary disease can be magnified by factors including excessive growth rate, age, types of exercise, and improper weight and nutrition. While mild conditions can be managed with prescription medication and physical therapy, more severe cases could require surgery. To prevent or reduce the severity of hip dysplasia, it’s important to ensure your Poodle gets a proper diet and the right amount of exercise.
Epilepsy is a neurological disease that’s often, but not always, inherited. Commonly found in Poodles, this disorder affects the brain’s electric activity and can cause your Poodle to suffer from epileptic seizures, which are brief bursts of abnormal electrical activity in the brain. An epileptic episode can typically last between one and several minutes. It's important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of seizures to get your Poodle medical help as quickly as possible. Some common signs to look for include twitching, tremors, shaking and convulsions. Treatment might involve lifelong anti-seizure medication; however, this will help your Poodle maintain a good quality of life. If your Poodle is having a seizure, call an emergency vet and make sure they can’t injure themselves.
Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus Syndrome (GDV or Bloat)
Bloat, also known as Gastric dilatation and volvulus syndrome, is a life-threatening disorder most commonly seen in large, deep-chested breeds, including the standard Poodle. This condition is caused when the dog’s stomach fills with air and twists. This cuts off the circulation of blood and can be deadly if not corrected. Some of the signs of bloat to be aware of in your Poodle include salivation, obvious pain, a distended abdomen and retching. Ways to prevent this condition from happening to your Poodle include encouraging slower eating, providing easy to digest dog food and refraining from exercise immediately after eating. If you suspect that your Poodle has bloat, immediate veterinary attention is required.
All sizes of Poodles have a genetic predisposition to patellar luxation. A luxating patella is a knee cap that moves out of its normal position. When this occurs your Poodle may have difficulty bearing weight on their leg. This condition can cause your Poodle to have cartilage damage, pain, inflammation and in some cases ligament tears. Some symptoms to look for in your Poodle include limping, lameness or sudden lifting of the hindlimb. Treatment will depend on the severity of the condition, however surgery may be needed to hold the patella in its appropriate location.
What Makes a Poodle Unique?
Poodles were originally bred as hunting dogs
Poodles were originally bred to assist with hunting. As excellent swimmers, Poodles would use their skills to retrieve ducks and other birds from the water. Some hunters continue to use Poodles for hunting purposes today.
Poodles have hair that keeps on growing
As mentioned earlier, Poodles have hair that will continue to grow and grow. Fur on the other hand, grows to a certain length before falling off. Regular grooming is required in order to keep your Poodle’s hair in check.
A team of Poodles once competed in the Iditarod
The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is an annual long-distance race that takes place every year in Alaska. In 1988, a musher named John Suter entered the race with a team of standard Poodles. Unable to handle the extremely cold temperatures, some of the Poodles had to be dropped off at checkpoints. This brought about a new rule that allowed only northern breeds to compete in the race.
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