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All About Poodles
Member Name: -michelle-
Date: 03/05/11, updated on 03/05/11 (239 review reads)
Advantages: To me everything
Disadvantages: Grooming can be quite expensive
History of the poodle
As this breed are often referred to as French Poodles, it seems easy to believe that they originated in France, however this is incorrect. The breed of poodle is so ancient it goes right back to the 12th century, when pictures of poodle like dogs were found carved on Roman tombs and Greek coins. But since no one was able to prove the poodles origin, the historians came to the conclusion that as far as modern day poodles are concerned, the breed probably originated from Germany, France and Russia simultaneously.
In Germany the poodles were far heavier boned than them in France or Russia, the Russian poodle was taller and more refined, similar in appearance to that of a greyhound. The French poodles were more fine boned than those in Germany. In each country they are known to be good retrievers, as they have a love of carrying things in their mouths, they are easily trained to retrieve fallen upland game for hunters. Along with this they also have a love of water and swimming. These were usually the largest size poodles, known as the standard.
It was during the 16th 17th and 18th centuries, that people began to breed the smaller size standard poodles what we know today as the miniature poodle, following them came the toy poodles. The miniatures were bred to entertain and amuse, as they were formed into dancing groups. But because the ego of a miniature poodle is so big they love to entertain and get attention in return. The big egos of these poodles still remains to this day.
Once the smallest of the miniatures were bred together, we saw the arrival of the toy poodle, referred to in the past as the sleeve poodle. It was mainly females who favored this size poodle because they were so small and could be carried easily. This made the toy poodle an ideal travelling companion for the ladies of France.
Toy poodles were so popular that in the late 1700s, King Louis XV1 of France, had a portrait of his wife accompanied by a toy poodle painted, and so the poodle became the national dog of France.
Characteristics of the poodle
Poodles come in sizes that range from 3 pounds to 80 pounds, their size is specified as either Toy, Miniature or Standard, they come in a variety of many different shades and they are one of only a handful of breeds that do not shed or carry a body odor.
Poodles are athletic, active, curious, social and capable of mentally focusing on human behavior in order to learn. They will discover what action brings approval, then they will continue to perform this action just for the attention it brings them.
Even to the most casual observer, poodles carry themselves with a certain dignity, they are dedicated to their owners, yet they love other people too. They are very playful and exhibit a keen sense of humor, that sparkles from their eyes at every opportunity, in short, they love life.
If you were considering owning a poodle, you should first consider your own lifestyle and choose the poodle that is going to fit in with you. As each of the three sized poodles have their own special features.
The Standard - For someone who wants a large watchdog, that does not shed.
The Miniature - He is the most popular of the three sizes as he is just like a standard with all the same characteristics, only he is smaller in size, therefore not needing as much room as a standard.
The Toy - These poodles are bred to be small, this is their very purpose, very popular with older people who may struggle to keep up with the demands of a larger dog, but require the companionship that only a dog can give.
Anyone who is thinking about owning a poodle, should first consider the responsibility that comes with owning one of these dogs. They should recognize and accept that a poodle needs regular grooming, should they decide to groom the dog themselves or have a professional groomer do this for them. This can become quite expensive and so it is important you consider this very carefully before deciding on owning a poodle. A poodle does not shed hair and need to have their hair removed for them.
It is a good idea to learn how to brush and care for your poodles coat in between grooming, as a poodle should be groomed every 6 to 8 weeks they will need to be properly brushed in between grooming visits.
The things you'll require in order to brush your poodles coat are, a slicker brush which is basically a stiff wire brush and a metal comb.
The metal comb is used to help remove small knots before they become big knots and start to matt up with more of the poodles fur, which if left to get out of hand, may need to be cut out.
The way to brush a poodles coat is called line brushing, it is the best way to keep a poodles coat knot free.
Begin at the tail end of the dog and brush towards the head, with one hand pick up a section of fur and with the slicker brush in the other hand, draw out the fur your holding, starting at the root end, moving towards the tip. Once all the hair in that section has been brushed out, continue with the next section, continue until the whole coat has been brushed out. Remember to brush gently and slowly taking care not to scrape the dog's skin.
Caring for a poodle apart from the grooming side of things is very much like caring for any other dog, decide if you are going to feed, wet dry or natural food to your poodle, then feed the right amount of food per day according to size and lifestyle of your chosen dog.
Toilet training, again is the same as with any dog, the younger they are when you begin to train them the better.
Exercise is a must for poodles, not only is it good for them but they absolutely love it and should be given every opportunity possible to exercise. This will benefit them, especially in later life.
My own experience with poodles
I have had a love of poodles for a very long time. In fact I have always loved dogs in general. Sadly I'm allergic to dog hair and cannot touch or be around a dog for very long. I decided to get my first poodle as I wanted a companion in the evenings, I was on my own a lot and felt I wanted a dog for companionship. My husband was working permanent nights and my son was a lot younger then and would be tucked up in bed a quite an early hour.
I do know there are a number of dogs who don't shed their hair, but I wanted a poodle and so that's what I went after. Red wasn't quite 7 weeks old when I bought him home, I personally thought this to be a little young to be separated from his mother, but the breeder reassured me it was fine. He was just a small ball of apricot/red hair and he was very small due to the fact he was the runt of the litter. I fell in love with him instantly. He soon got used to his surroundings once we got him home, I had everything ready for him, reminded me of coming out of hospital with a new baby.
In no time at all he was toilet trained, we only had a few little accidents along the way. I now have a dog flap fitted and both dogs come and go as they please, my garden is 100% secure so there is no way they can get out.
I read a lot of books about keeping and caring for poodles, I didn't have use of the internet then and so had to make sure I was up to speed with reading my books.
Red has an annual jab and checkup at the vets, I feed him dry food as I believe this is the best, other than natural of course. Dry food is very good for his teeth, the vet has often commented on how well and healthy his teeth are. I put this down to his food.
I take him to a professional groomer every couple of months, he's not to keen on this but I love it when I pick him up several hours later, as he looks beautiful and smells lovely.
Pippa is my rescue. I really don't know why I adopted her, I think I wanted a companion for Red and she seemed to be in the right place at the right time. I got her from the RSPCA, she apparently had lived with an elderly lady who couldn't care for her anymore. She is a lot older than Red and a fair bit bigger than him although they are both miniatures. She took a few days to settle in with us, but Red did not and even now still does not like her. They don't fight as such, but because Red is so spoilt (My fault totally) he is very protective of me, she hardly gets a look in. I have to make sure she gets fuss and let Red see I can fuss her too.
She also has the jabs and vet visits although her teeth are a different matter, when I first had her the RSPCA had informed me of the amount of teeth they had to remove due to them rotting, caused by the rubbish food she had been eating. She goes along with Red to be groomed and she too looks lovely when she comes home.
I don't get to exercise them as much as I'd like due to my RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) I can't walk as far for as long as I'd like, they usually have to make do with a few short trips around the block. From time to time they do get to go on a big walk with my son. We have also taken them for a run in the park on an occasion. But at least they do get out and they enjoy the time their out.
I hope this has been helpful to anyone who may be considering getting a poodle for a companion. I haven't covered everything I know, but I really just wanted people to be aware that poodles are very high maintenance dogs and you should consider this very carefully before going ahead and getting one.
I'm giving poodles 5 stars because to me they are the best.
Thank you for reading my review which is also posted on Ciao
Summary: A beautiful companion