The Poodle is one of the most loved and hated dog breeds. Often seen in full style, either in competition or out for a walk with their owners, with their coat raised and trimmed simultaneously, Poodles appear to be a haughty and decadent breed of dog to the profane Poodle.

Surprisingly, the history of the poodle is actually very realistic. Poodles are water dogs. They are natural in hunting birds in water and on land. The name Poodle comes from the German words Pudel or Pudelhund, which means dog to splash and splash respectively. Poodles’ name is related to the English word puddle. Knowing that poodles are named after a simple puddle makes the breed seem less intimidating. Poodles probably originated in Eastern Europe and have been popular throughout Europe for hundreds of years. However, it is the French who get the credit for the breed.

French Poodle breeders successfully grew all three Poodle sizes: miniature, toy, and standard.

The three sizes of poodle: miniature, toy, and standard have similar traits to all poodles, but differ in height and weight. Miniature Poodles weigh from fifteen to seventeen pounds and are eleven to fifteen inches tall at the shoulder. Toy Poodles weigh six to nine pounds and up to ten inches at the shoulder. Standard Poodles weigh between forty-five and seventy pounds and over fifteen inches at the shoulder.

Poodle breeders reproduce for general traits such as high energy level, intelligence, proud or regal bearing, straight and delicate snout, small oval feet, and dense curly fur, among other characteristics. There are many lines of Poodle champions due to the many winners from the American Kennel Club and other canine association competitions. Purebred poodles must come with a pedigree or documented ancestry that shows evidence of past champions in the genetic line.

Poodles, like other purebred dogs, have some common genetic defects, which lead to medical conditions. Poodle breeders should stop breeding any lines that have these conditions. Some of the possible health problems are: Addison’s disease, gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV), thyroid and kidney conditions, hip dysplasia, and cancer.

When interviewing Poodle breeders, buyers should bring a list of questions to determine a reputable breeder from a poor breeder. Buyers should do their homework ahead of time and be ready to commit to poodles at the time of purchase. Some great questions to help buyers find good Poodle breeders include: Do you keep your own kennel and can I visit it? Can I meet the parents and receive pedigree documents? Can I get medical and immunization records and do you offer a guarantee? Good poodle breeders will manage their own kennels and encourage potential buyers to visit and meet not only the puppies but the parents as well. Kennels must be clean and allow for good socialization. Reputable breeders will also provide new owners with a lot of information about poodles, especially car and feeding instructions.

Good Poodle breeders will worry about where the puppies go and what kind of attention they will receive. Expect to have answers for the breeder also to questions about his home and environment.

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