Appearance The Poodle's coat is non-shedding, dense and of a harsh texture. Two distinct coat types exist — the Corded and Curly. The coat of a corded Poodle will normally start to cord between the ages of 9 to 18 months. Coat colour is any solid colour: black, brown, gray, apricot, cream or white.
Temperament The Poodle is well known as an intelligent, amusing, good natured and eager-to-please dog that makes a wonderful companion. Throughout the Poodle's history, he has worked in several capacities, from cart pulling to circus dog, from sled-dog to therapy dog, from truffle dog to hand-warmer, from water retriever to gun dog, the Poodle can excel at just about any task given to him. Today, the Poodle is often seen competing in the show ring, in obedience, agility and in field trials.
The Poodle is loyal and protective of his loved ones, and makes a relatively effective watchdog. He gets along well with children, but his size means that he is best suited to older children. These dogs are normally welcoming and polite with strangers, and tend to get along well with other pets. The steady temperament coupled with his sociability makes him ideal for active families who will welcome him as a member of the family. You should socialize your Poodle early on to promote a steady temperament, as some can be timid or nervous. If you tend to be away a lot it is best not to consider this breed, as they do need plenty of attention.
History The Standard Poodle is the oldest of the three varieties, however, there is evidence that indicates the smaller types, the Miniature and Toy, were developed shortly after the Standard breed was established as he is recognized today.
Health If you are considering the adoption of a Standard Poodle puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy's parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases. The responsible Poodle breeder will provide results of x-rays, blood tests, eye examinations, and other tests done on breeding stock for hereditary health problems for which tesing is available.
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