The origin of the Poodle is widely debated, however, their intelligence never is as they are voted the second most intelligent dog breed. Poodles are eager, athletic, and of remarkable versatility. Poodles come in three size varieties: Standards should be more than 15 inches tall at the shoulder; Miniatures are 15 inches or under; Toys stand no more than 10 inches. The Standard, with their greater size and strength, is the best all-around, but all Poodles can be trained with great success. They are known to be very easily trained and motivated.
Poodles are eager for all kinds of activity and they enjoy keeping busy. Swimming is great exercise for them, and most Poodles love to get in the water. Bred as hunting dogs, their impulse is to retrieve, so tossing toys, sticks, or balls for them will exercise both their mind and body. They also love jogs or long walks with their pet parents. They are agile and graceful as well as smart, and they enjoy and excel in a variety of canine sports.
You will need to learn how to brush their coat daily to keep their coat from matting. If you do not the hair will mat near the roots and will have to be shaved off to start all over with new growth. Most pet owners opt to keep the Poodle in a shorter trim. The breed’s relatively nonshedding coat makes the breed a good choice for people with allergies, although there is no such thing as a non-allergic dog.
Your Poodles best qualities:
- Vigilant watchdog with a ready bark
- Easily motivated and trainable
- Highly intelligent, playful, and energetic
- An excellent companion, family, or working dog
- Adaptable to a wide variety of living conditions
However, no dog is perfect! You may have also noticed these characteristics:
- May have a tendency to bark excessively
- Standoffish toward strangers
- Needs to be exercised and groomed regularly
- Needs frequent attention from her family
If you have any questions pertaining to your poodle call Meadowlands Veterinary Hospital at 201-646-2008. Stay tuned for our next blog addressing any potential health concerns regarding the poodle.