Species group: Toy Group dogs
The Poodle is believed to have originated in Central Europe or Russia. Officially, France is recognized as the nation where the breed reached its present form, where it was used as a water dog, a circus dog, and companion dog to members of royalty. Poodles comes in three recognized size varieties: the Standard Poodle, Miniature Poodle, and Toy Poodle. The “teacup” Poodle exists only for marketing purposes.
The Standard Poodle was known to be a pet as early as the fifteenth century and was shown in the paintings of German artist Albrecht Durer and the Spanish artist Goya. During the 1800s, the breed was used in the development of several breeds that include the Curly-coated Retriever, Pudelpointer, Irish Water Spaniel, and American Water Spaniel. In fact, the name “poodle” has origins from the German word “pudel,” which is short for “Pudelhund,” which translates to "splashing dog". This echoes the breeds' use as a water dog! In France, however, the poodles are known as "Caniche" which translates into "duck dog," again reflecting the association of the breed with water.
Until the 1930s, few Poodles existed in the United States. A steep rise in their popularity was seen after a white Standard Poodle won Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club show in New York in 1935. For approximately next 20 years, it was the number one dog registered by the American Kennel Club. Even today, they still feature among the top ten most popular breeds.
Appearance / health:
Poodles are elegant dogs with a square build with proportionally long legs and a notable springy gait. The oval eyes are very dark, and set far enough apart with an alert intelligent expression. Ears are long, wide, thickly feathered and hang close to the head. The head is long with alert, dark-colored, almond-shaped eyes. The skull is a bit rounded, and the teeth should have a scissors bite.The chest is deep, moderately wide with well-sprung ribs. The feet are small, oval and webbed, with arched toes. Show dogs usually have the dewclaws removed, and the tail docked to produce a "balanced dog."
Poodles do not appear to shed as dead hair is caught between the outer curly hairs. If the dog is not regularly groomed, the coat can become a tangled mess. Brushing the coat with a hard-bristled brush three or four times a week is necessary to prevent tangles and matting.
The coat needs extra attention between the age of 9 to 16 months as it becomes curlier and coarser. Trimming the coat is necessary. The coat is very versatile and can be shaped into a variety of clip styles.
The ears should be checked regularly for mites and the ear hair should be pulled out if necessary. The teeth also need regular scaling (cleaning).
Toy Poodles do not require as much exercise as other hunting or working breeds, but being agile and athletic, they enjoy walks, play sessions, and trips outside.
Some Toy Poodles (and all poodles in general) are prone to ear infections, runny eyes, digestive tract and heart disorders, skin conditions, patellar dislocation, progressive retinal atrophy, and IMHA (Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia).
Behavior / temperament:
Poodles thrive in human company and do not like to be left alone for long durations. They also make good watchdogs, but unlike some working breeds, they do not usually become one-person dogs when they are part of a family. Their high intelligence has made them popular as performers in circuses across the globe for centuries. They can become bored easily, and can get quite creative about finding mischief. They enjoy car rides and do not get carsick.
The Toy Poodle is a cheerful, clever, highly intelligent, sensitive and easily trainable companion dog. The breed is great at learning tricks, which has made it a favorite in the circus ring. They are considered to be one of the most intelligent dog breeds.
They do become easily emotionally attached to their owners. The Poodle will feel slighted if it is left out of family activities and will noticeably pout. Many owners feel this dog understands speech in an uncanny way. They have an excellent temperament and are neither aggressive nor fearful. They are eager to please and go out of their way to make people around them happy. Some bloodlines are high-strung and timid, but generally, they have an excellent temperament and are neither aggressive nor fearful. They are eager to please and would go out of their way to make people around them happy. They are alert and active and are considered to be one of the most intelligent breeds. They need lot of physical exercise and mental stimulation to prevent boredom.
Poodles are rated to be one of the most intelligent breeds, and can be easily trained. Basic obedience training is necessary to make them behave properly both at home and in public. Firm and consistent training with positive reinforcement yields best results with them. Harsh disciplinary measures may lead to negative behavioral changes and needs to be avoided.
Unless trained appropriately, this breed tends to bark a lot.
long lives, best friends, great smart dog, super affectionate, great temperaments, PERFECT companion dog
little napoleon dogs, separation anxiety, sharp bark, yappy spoilt dogs, barking
care hospice environment, faster tarter buildup, common poodle tricks
Milo, the dog who taught me true love
Milo was the first dog that I truly took care of, the first who was truly mine - with this, I'm not saying that my other pets weren't loved or that I didn't take care of them, I was just too young to do so and my parents did that job for me. Milo was born on August 12, 2013 and a family friend gave it to my mom as a gift (yes, Milo was hers at first). She, being pregnant at the time, didn't have the patience to sleep in the same room as a two-months old puppy who was spending its first night in a new place; so, she gave it to me the following day and dared me to put up with it -needless to say, I did. I wasn't able to sleep at night for about a week because of Milo, but I am not complaining, it was my choice. In my bedroom, I put boxes and other things in a semi circle against the wall and put newspaper, an old sheet and bowls with food and water inside it to create a little house for him because he was so tiny that I was afraid I would step on him in the morning or he would hide in small places far from reach. Milo, being a new puppy, wasn't able to sleep unless I was with him or touching him, so it was a little accomplishing that without letting him sleep with me on the bed - I didn't want him to pee on my bed or fall down accidentally, so that was not a choice. What I did was put him on his 'bed' inside the semi-circle and stroke him until he fell asleep and then went to bed, this was also hard to accomplish because my bed likes to make sounds whenever you need it to be quiet (I swear that it does it on purpose) and, of course, every tiny sound woke him up so I had to start all over again. During that week, I only slept in the mornings, when my grandma woke up and could keep him company. And, although it was hard, I don't regret it at all because it made our bond that much more special. After that, he was mine. I took care of Milo, I took him to the veterinary, I cleaned his business, I cleaned him and took him for a walk. He was always with me and finally, when he was big enough, I let him sleep with me on my bed. When I moved to another city and couldn't take him with me because of my living situation, I realized just how loyal he was to me. He always knew whenever I came home, he could smell me a block away, or so my family tells me. He was always waiting for me at the front door and barked excitedly whenever he saw me, and he slept in my room with me whenever I was home. Also, his sad face whenever I had to leave always made me cry, I know he knew that he wasn't going to see me for a while. I remember that last year I was going through some really hard stuff and I started crying, Milo was already sleeping but he woke up, went to my side of the bed and started whimpering to make me notice him. He begged me to get him up on the bed and, when I did, he comforted me. I don't know how, but he made me forget about my problems and I even started laughing in a few minutes. Milo is the pet who truly taught me how to be responsible for another living creature and the one who taught me that pets can love as much as humans. He also made me incredibly happy for many years and I will always be grateful for that and will never forget about him..
From PaolaFrancisco Mar 8 2017 5:05AM
The way your dog's body was meant to be fed
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's (especially cats) digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 57 days ago
behavior training tool
All dogs need to learn how to behave and a great "brain-break" and self soothing tool to use between activities or for crate training is a kong. Filled with a treat or small bit of peanut butter, this activity can provide the dog with a reward sensation as well as a much needed chewing activity for "down time" between trainings. We have utilized this with many of our breeds but huskies can be downright destructive to any material, so use of the kong is fabulous (while supervised) once the husky reaches maturity. As puppies are constantly teething and learning what is THEIRS and what is yours, kongs are a wonderful "replacement" tool for your couch, shoes and other destructible items in your home. .
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