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Dogs 101 - POODLE (STANDARD) - Top Dog Facts About the POODLE (STANDARD)

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Dogs 101 POODLE (STANDARD) Top Dog Facts About the POODLE (STANDARD)

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The Poodle is a dog known for its proud bearing and stylish appearance, which comes in different varieties based on size. The Standard Poodle is the oldest breed in the group and is of European origin. Its earliest ancestors might have been herding dogs from Central Asia, which evolved into a German water dog variety. These were eventually standardized in France in the 15th century, where they functioned as water retrievers. Apart from being an excellent hunting companion, these versatile dogs have been employed as guard, as guides, in the military, as wagon pullers and found much fame as show dogs as well. They reached the US with the French aristocracy in the 1800s, and have remained a popular pet and show dog.

Time for some Ruff Trivia:
Which of these is NOT a sizebased variety of Poodles generally recognized by Kennel Clubs?
o A: Giant
o B: Miniature
o C: Toy
What do you think, give it your best guess in the comments below before we get to the answer! Hang on tight and we’ll get back to this Ruff Trivia Question toward the end of the video.

The height of the adult Standard Poodle is between 15 and 21 inches, and weight between 45 and 65 pounds. It is a wellproportioned dog, with a curly, harsh and dense singlelayered coat. It sometimes appears to be walking on stilettos because of its small feet. The skull is slightly rounded, with ears folded over close to the head. The eyes are dark and oval shaped, with an alert and intelligent expression. Standard colors are black, brown, grey, brindle, sable, red, apricot and white.

Grooming: The Poodle is not a heavy shedder, but the hair it does shed tends to become caught in the surrounding hair. This can cause severe matting if not removed frequently. Coat care for show dogs can take several hours every week, and is best done by a professional. Owners tend to cut the coat of nonshow or retired dogs down to lowmaintenance length. Brushing of teeth, trimming of nails and cleaning of ears have to be regular.

Temperament: Contrary to the standoffish stereotype that the breed has, the Poodle is actually a very friendly breed that enjoys human company, and should not be left alone for long periods. Among the various Poodle groups, the Standard Poodle is considered the best for families with children, as these dogs are less likely to get physically intimidated.

Training: The Poodle is one of the most intelligent breeds and can be trained easily for obedience, to perform tricks or for different kinds of jobs. It is a fairly active breed, and requires physical and mental challenges to stay happy. Daily walks combined with play sessions are recommended.

Health: The life expectancy of the Standard Poodle is 10 to 13 years. Some common ailments seen in the breed are Addison’s disease, gastric dilatation volvulus, thyroid issues, tracheal collapse, epilepsy, sebaceous adenitis, renal disease, hip dysplasia and cancer. The breed is also very susceptible to ear infections.

Good looks, intelligence, versatility and a friendly nature – there isn’t much that the Poodle can be said to be lacking in. If you can provide the effort it takes to maintain its looks, you will get to know why the Poodle is the favorite of so many dog lovers.

Find out if the Poodle would be a good addition to your home. Now you can visit Brooklyn’s Corner.com to take our quiz and find out which dog would be the best match for you.

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