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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Poodles

I do not breed or sell dogs. I just love them and am involved in dog rescue with my 2 sisters. I happen to love the different breeds and I find them fascinating. So when I look up a dog breed, I share it with you. So don't ask me where to buy a dog, I don't know. Just passing on information.


There are only 3 sizes recognized by the AKC: Standard, Miniature and Toy. There are no Teacup Poodles recognized by the American Kennel Club. But that doesn't stop people from wanting a "Teacup" Poodle. The Teacup Poodle is just a smaller Toy Poodle therefore smaller than the AKC standard and cannot be shown. They are rated by height rather than by weight. The Teacup Poodle is 9 inches or smaller, and under 6 pounds in weight. The Toy Poodle is 10 inches or under at the highest point of the shoulders generally weighing Weight: 6 - 9 pounds. The Miniature Poodle must be over 10 inches and 15 inches or less at the highest point of the shoulders generally weighing 15 - 17 pounds. The Standard Poodle is over 15 inches at the highest point of the shoulders generally weighing 45 - 70 pounds. Why are they such a popular breed? We tend to think of middle aged women (like me) carrying an annoying, yappy poodle with barrettes and pink toenail polish. But Poodles are anything but annoying, yappy dogs. They are a highly intelligent breed that can be trained to a high degree. There are many different grooming cuts for them but the one we recognize the best is the show cut that is so flamboyant. Needless to say, that cut is rarely used in everyday life. The Poodle has been known throughout Western Europe for at least 400 years and is depicted in 15th century paintings and in bas-reliefs from the 1st century. The subject is controversial of where the dog was officially developed and no one really knows the breed’s true country of origin. France has taken a claim on the origin, but the AKC gives the honor to Germany. The name "Poodle" most likely came out of the German word "Pudel," which means "one who plays in water." The "Poodle clip" was designed by hunters to help the dogs swim more efficiently. They would leave hair on the leg joints to protect them from extreme cold and sharp reeds. Hunters in Germany and France used the Poodle as a gundog and as a retriever of waterfowl and to sniff out truffles lying underground in the woods. The French started using the breed as a circus performer because of the dog's high intelligence and trainability. Comical and clever, it is a very good watchdog for its size, seldom becoming aggressive. They are a very versatile breed with a hunting and retrieving beginning, although they excel in any performance event you offer them, including agility, obedience, rally and conformation showing, and often one will leave one ring and go directly to another to compete again. Since they love water they are great dock diving dogs and love water retrieving. Extensive grooming is needed. Poodles must be bathed regularly and clipped every six to eight weeks. Poodles shed little to no hair and are good for allergy sufferers. It comes in all solid colors including black, blue, silver, gray, cream, apricot, red, white, brown or cafĂ©-au-lait and parti-colored (white and another color). The Teacup Poodle is remarkably intelligent. Highly responsive, it is said to be one of the most trainable breeds. Sweet, cheerful, perky and lively, it likes to be with people. Delightful, very amusing and keen. Poodles need regular exercise. Opt to adopt. But if you must purchase, please use a reputable breeder and be sure you are getting what you pay for. You want to see the parents and the place they are raised, have all vet records and pedigree. Flea markets and pet stores aren't the best place to get a dog because often the dogs are from puppy mills and may not be what you think they are. For instance, I've seen puppies whose eyes are barely opened, being sold as "teacups" when actually they are immature puppies that don't need to be away from their mother and litter mates yet. You aren't seeing where they are bred and raised. They also may have diseases, worms, etc. Be warned.


These are not my dogs. I did a Google image search for Poodles. I wanted photos that show the different sizes, colors and cuts of these beautiful dogs. They are so lovely.





































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