Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Over 15 in (38cm)
Weight: 45-70 lb (20-31.5kg)
Coat: Curly: harsh texture and dense throughout Corded: hanging in tight cords of varying lengths, but longer on mane, body, head, and ears
Color: Black, blue, gray, silver, brown, cafe-au-lait, apricot, cream, and white; clear colors preferred
|Known in France as the Caniche, the Poodle
was certainly favored by the French Queen Marie
Antoinette. However, it originated in Germany as a
water retriever, or Pudel in German. It resembles the
Irish Water Spaniel, and both share common ancestors
in the French Barbet. The Standard Poodle still retains
its ability as a gundog and swims well. Its intelligence
and eagerness to learn mean that it is popular in
obedience trials and as a circus dog.
This happy, lively clog makes a good pet. enjoying
a fair amount of exercise. It is also a fine show dog,
provided you have the time for intricate preparation.
While it is shown in the lion clip, many pet owners
prefer the lamb clip (with hair uniform length).
Whatever style you choose, you will need to use a
wire-pin pneumatic brush and a wire-toothed metal
comb for daily grooming. Even the pet Poodle must
attend the canine beauty parlor every six weeks or so.