The Poodle, also known as the Poodle, is a breed of dog noted for its distinctive curly coat and intelligence. It is a popular breed worldwide, prized for its beauty and agility skills.

General details

In terms of weight and height, there are different varieties of Poodles that are classified according to their size. The Toy Poodle has an approximate weight of 3 to 4 kg and a height of up to 28 cm. The Dwarf Poodle weighs between 4 and 6 kg and measures between 28 and 35 cm. The Medium Poodle weighs between 12 and 18 kg and measures between 35 and 45 cm. Finally, the Standard Poodle weighs approximately 20 to 32 kg and is between 45 and 60 cm tall. According to the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) classification, this breed belongs to Group 9, which includes companion dogs. In terms of life expectancy, Poodles can live an average of 12 to 15 years.

Breed history in brief

It is an ancient breed of dog originating in Europe, although its exact place of origin is uncertain. It is believed to be descended from European and Oriental water dogs, and has been widely bred and developed in France. Throughout history, the Poodle has played a prominent role in society. Originally, it was used as an aquatic hunting dog, thanks to its excellent ability to swim and retrieve prey. However, its intelligence, trainability and elegant appearance also made it a popular breed among nobility and high society, especially in France. Over time, the Poodle has adapted to different roles and sizes. It has been used as a circus dog due to its intelligence and ability to learn tricks. In addition, its distinctive and striking appearance has made it a sought-after breed in beauty shows and dog competitions.

Breed characteristics

The Poodle is a medium-sized breed that reflects an elegant and noble appearance. Its eyes are black or dark brown, almond-shaped and its ears are long and hang close to the cheeks. The tail is high set and carried erect. One of the distinguishing characteristics of the Poodle is its dense, curly coat, which is notable for its woolly texture and lack of loose hair. Its coat is double-coated, with a soft undercoat and a curly, water-resistant outer coat. Its curly coat is hypoallergenic, making it an attractive choice for allergy sufferers. The Poodle comes in a wide range of colors, including white, black, brown, gray, red and cream. Some Poodles can also be multi-colored or spotted. The Poodle's temperament is characterized by loyalty, learning ability, sociability, friendliness and playfulness. They are ideal companion dogs, combining a loving and loyal personality with exceptional intelligence and a pleasant disposition.

Common health problems

The Poodle, with optimal care and attention, can enjoy a long healthy life, although it is predisposed to certain health problems. Among the most common diseases or disorders are progressive retinal atrophy, glaucoma, distichiasis, hip dysplasia, entropion, cryptorchidism and patent ductus arteriosus.

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