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Seemingly bred for a life of pure luxury and indulgence, the poodle is actually a working breed with a hidden love for water buried in their genes. Whether they come in the standard, miniature or toy varieties, these dogs make for lovely additions to the family. And if you are interested in arranging Poodle Pet Insurance, PIA is ready to assist.
The poodle was most likely developed in Germany – the name is of German origin. The original ‘pudelhund’ (‘pudel’ being related to the modern English word, ‘puddle’) indicates that this was a dog that enjoyed splashing about in water.
You may even note that a full-sized (i.e. standard) poodle bears some resemblance to other water-based retrievers, such as the Curly Coated Retriever or the Portuguese water dog.
In keeping with their presumably German roots, this breed was well-known on the European mainland before making their way to the UK.
They were a favourite house pet in Spain in the 1700s, and Toy Poodles were kept by Louis XVI.
An early tendency to work was followed by a later development, that of the privileged indoor pet. This development has created a unique breed. Poodles are energetic and highly intelligent. They also thrive on human interaction and can get along well indoors.
|Average Height||Average Weight||Temperament||Lifespan|
Toy: 24-28 cm
Miniature: 28-35 cm
Standard: 45-60 cm
Toy: 3-4 kg
Miniature: 7-8 kg
Standard: 20-30 kg
|Alert, active, faithful, intelligent and highly trainable||12-15 years|
|Known Genetic Issues||Country of Origin||Exercise Requirements||Coat|
|Hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism, von Willebrand’s Disease, thrombopathia||Germany (and later France)||Regular exercise such as a long walk or extended playtime is essential to the mental health of this breed.||Long, single-layer coat with dense, curly hair|
|Coat Colours||Specific Care Requirements|
|White, black, sable, grey, red, cream, sable, blue, silver and apricot||Poodles are slightly emotional creatures that genuinely crave human contact and may act out by biting or chewing if left unattended for long periods.|