Poodles – Smart Active and Proud

Dogs are remarkable creatures because they will accompany you on most of your errands. They will also jog or walk with you. More importantly, they will form a close bond with most of your family members including your children.

Poodles – Smart Active and Proud
Poodles – Smart Active and Proud

Unfortunately, keeping a dog as a pet is a challenging experience because each breed has different needs. More specifically, these requirements depend on the physical characteristics and temperament of the breed among other things. Here are some of the things that you ought to know about a Poodle.

The History of the Poodle

It exists in three different sizes i.e. the standard, miniature, and toy Poodle. The standard size is the oldest among the three. The rest seemed to have developed in Britain in the eighteenth century. By this time, the Poodle was widely popular in France and other parts of mainland Europe. In fact, it was the national dog breed in France. The French nobility used it as a water retriever during their duck hunting sessions.

German aristocrats also favored the Poodle. You can even find fifteenth-century drawings of these magnificent animals by German artists. The World Canine Association believes that the Poodle originated from breeding a Hungarian water dog with a French dog. However, the writers of the Britannica Encyclopedia claim that it originates from Germany.

The Poodle: Temperament and Personality

Poodles are highly sociable breeds because they can interact positively with humans and other animals. Their high level of sociability stems from their elevated levels of intelligence. In fact, most dog associations rank them as the second-most intelligent dog breed in the world.

Poodle Temperament and Personality
Poodle Temperament and Personality

It is important to note that their temperament differs depending on their size. For example, miniature and toy Poodles exercise less patience with children than standard Poodles do. That happens because kids usually grab these small Poodles without realizing that doing so scares them. Remember, these pets are smaller than the standard ones are. Therefore, you should consider keeping Standard Poodles if you have little kids or toddlers in the house.

Poodle Exercise Needs

Poodles have a rich history as water retrievers because they can swim. They are also a favored breed when it comes to hunting birds. Additionally, Poodles are fierce competitors in sporting shows for dogs because of their energetic performances. In fact, the United Kennel Club classifies them as sporting dogs.

Poodle Exercise Needs
Poodle Exercise Needs

Therefore, keeping these dogs indoors is unwise because they need to exercise. In fact, you should expose Poodles to 30 minutes or two hours of exercise each day. You should note that Miniature and Toy Poodles do not need as much physical activity as standard Poodles because of their small size. Remember, the dog benefits from exercising. These benefits include an increase in its blood circulation, an improvement of its muscle tone, and the prevention of constipation among other things. Physical activity for Poodles should be low-impact, adjustable, and easy to perform.

Poodle Suitability as a Family Pet

Poodles are the best family pets for various reasons. For instance, their curly fur coat sheds minimally making them suitable for households that have a person who suffers from allergies. These dogs are also easy to train, and that means you can teach them to behave in a desired fashion. They remain calm and approachable when they meet strangers.

Poodle Suitability as a Family Pet
Poodle Suitability as a Family Pet

Another great advantage of keeping a Poodle is that it is playful. That means you and your kids can have fun playing with it from time to time. Moreover, Poodles are gentle creatures that rarely exhibit aggressive tendencies. They will show you love, loyalty, and affection. Lastly, these Poodles can live in a home that has a small yard because they do not exercise vigorously.

Poodle Known Health Issues

Standard Poodles have a lifespan of 12 years. Toy and Miniature Poodles live for a longer period than their standard counterparts do. More specifically, they live for an average of 14 years. These dogs suffer from a variety of ailments during their lifetime.

Poodle Known Health Issues
Poodle Known Health Issues

The most common diseases among them are Addison’s disease, thyroid issues, gastric dilatation-volvulus, and tracheal collapse. Others include epilepsy, cancer, hip dysplasia, and juvenile renal disease among others. Ear infections are also common among Poodles because their coat usually grows into their ear canal. Take it for a medical examination at the vet’s office as soon as you notice any complications in its health.

Poodles are smart, active, and smart dogs who make wonderful pets.

15 thoughts on “Poodles – Smart Active and Proud”

  1. Our family has owned poodles since Cocoa born in 1968. We lived in Minnesota and owned a cabin. Cocoa had a great life swimming, fishing and wandering the nearby woods. It was the 70’s and he could be free. He was cherished. When I finally got a dog for my own family I too chose a miniature poodle. He is just as active loyal and fun. He brings so much joy to our house. In a few weeks I’m traveling from Fl. to Minnesota to spend time at the cabin and can’t wait to bring Koda!

    • I have a toy poodle, a bichon-poo, a pekapoo, a maltese and 2 standard poodles. There’s never a dull moment at my house or how my husband likes to call it, my “traveling circus” . My spoos (standard poodles), my female is my SD and her brother is my mobility SD in training. They are a wonderful breed, smart, loving and true family members. However Socialization is very important from an early age as are obedience classes. A bored poodle is a troublesome poodle and they can quickly take charge of any situation if there are no clear boundaries. Forming a strong bond since day 1 is important. I’d love to say I’m the boss, but all poodle owners know they don’t have a boss; they have a staff😂 In my particular case, I have 6 that I must tend to. Ah they are calling. A wonderful breed, never a dull moment, smart, intuitive, loving and protective of their loved ones. They learn commands quickly when you find the correct motivation be it food ir praise— clicker training works the best in my experience. They pick up commands in 5 repetitions or less. So be very clear in what you want to teach them; it’s harder to untrain an unwanted behavior. If you want a canine that all that is lacking is to talk to you in a human voice–poodles are it. I believe they do communicate very effectively. They have me trained to a T. LOVE your dog and give them your time in training and excercise, along with socializing and you’ll never think of another breed.

  2. I have owned several dogs in my life but it wasn’t until I owned a toy poodle that I truely fell in love. They are so smart that they are a pleasure to have in your life.

  3. I am looking for a paint by number kit of a white toy poodle, like shown as Ms Glory.
    Please sent me any all all info. I am 84 disabled Vet and use paint by number as theorpy. Thanks

  4. I own a toy Poodle (Bella). She is the love of my life. She will be 12 yrs old this month. I can imagine my life without her. She has brought me so much love it’s hard to describe.

    • I have a toy poodle, a bichon-poo, a pekapoo, a maltese and 2 standard poodles. There’s never a dull moment at my house or how my husband likes to call it, my “traveling circus” . My spoos (standard poodles), my female is my SD and her brother is my mobility SD in training. They are a wonderful breed, smart, loving and true family members. However Socialization is very important from an early age as are obedience classes. A bored poodle is a troublesome poodle and they can quickly take charge of any situation if there are no clear boundaries. Forming a strong bond since day 1 is important. I’d love to say I’m the boss, but all poodle owners know they don’t have a boss; they have a staff😂 In my particular case, I have 6 that I must tend to. Ah they are calling. A wonderful breed, never a dull moment, smart, intuitive, loving and protective of their loved ones. They learn commands quickly when you find the correct motivation be it food ir praise— clicker training works the best in my experience. They pick up commands in 5 repetitions or less. So be very clear in what you want to teach them; it’s harder to untrain an unwanted behavior. If you want a canine that all that is lacking is to talk to you in a human voice–poodles are it. I believe they do communicate very effectively. They have me trained to a T. LOVE your dog and give them your time in training and excercise, along with socializing and you’ll never think of another breed.

    • My 2 mini poodles are 18 years old. They are littermates, one female one male. The male is blind and almost deaf But his sister seems to be in very good physical health. I love them so much! I also have a 10-year-old Red Doberman He is a gentle giant!

  5. My mini is, Heidi. She has a beautiful cafe a lait coat and only one eye. She is my delight and companion. I rescued her over a year ago And I don’t know her true age. She is either 10 or 13 yrs old. Remember old dogs need loving homes too.

  6. I have a white miniature by the name of baby. She is a rescue dog that I got in 2011. She was about 2 years old when I go her and had been abused and never would have thought their was a poodle under all that dirty hair. But the shelter said she was so I believed them. As it turned out she is a beautiful girl and as loving and kind to everyone. I am blessed to have her in my life.

  7. I grew up with 2 poodles, a standard and a miniature. All my adult life I have had big dogs: Dobermans and Bouviers. I recently added a male standard puppy to my family and he is turning out to be one of the best dogs I have trained, smart and eager to please. (At 5 months he is almost training himself.) He will be a service dog and I also plan to use him as a reading dog to with local underprivileged kids. Thrilled to have a poodle back in my life.

  8. I had a Poodle…, ”she”… (”Apricot” her name and colour, obviously; she had lived up to 19 years old. Never could replaced her….Still can’t! Changing my mind: I’m looking for one friend, very close, again; living aborad (Argentina) it’s really hard to find a Standrd Poodle. Is there a kinda a Royal Poodle and, Standard tough? It is a Standard bigger than Royal?
    ”Apricot” was part of my dayly/i life for 19 years….To Intelligent!, so Royal…; her mother had leaved up to 21. L. A. Cali=California…
    Ester.

  9. I just acquired my toy poodle and he’s my whole life right now. I can’t even begin to imagine life without him. He’ll be 10 this year. He is such a needy little guy he missed out on all that love and attention the first couple of years of his life and his next owner worked a lot and ended up with him in a small kennel many hours of a day. This little guy makes me smile and laugh most days and he rarely wants to be very far from my side. At this time of my life it’s exactly what I needed..

  10. My 2 mini poodles are 18 years old. They are littermates, one female one male. The male is blind and almost deaf But his sister seems to be in very good physical health. I love them so much! I also have a 10-year-old Red Doberman He is a gentle giant!

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