Brains, beauty and versatility – Poodles have it all.
If you’ve ever loved a Poodle, you already know why they’re the best dog breed for a wide variety of lifestyles. If you haven’t, you’ll soon realize why your next dog should be covered in curls.
1. Poodles are waterbugs.
The traditional Poodle clip, with bald legs and pom-poms of hair on the ankles, head and body may look ridiculous to some, but it was designed with purpose. The poms keep the dog’s joints warm when they’re swimming in cold water, while the shaved portions keep them from getting weighed down so they can glide through the water.
Poodles are great dogs to take to the beach, lake or creek. They love playing fetch in the water, or splashing around with you and your family.
2. They can be styled to suit their personality.
Since most Poodles do not spend most of their days at the docks, they can be styled in many different ways.
The traditional pom-pom look is called a Continental Clip. Medium length with a pom on the tail is called Bikini Clip. Many owners choose a Puppy Clip, a soft look that’s well-suited for relaxing at home.
Some Poodles wear dreadlocks, called the Corded style, though this is a rare look.
3. Poodles come in three sizes.
The Standard Poodle is the largest, weighing in at about 50-60 pounds. They’re 15 inches at the shoulder or taller.
The Miniature Poodle is the medium size, 11 inches at the shoulder and 15-17 pounds.
The Toy Poodle is the smallest, and most portable, small enough to fit in an in-cabin airline carrier at 9 inches at the shoulder, weighing just 6-9 pounds.
4. They (actually) don’t shed.
Many breeds are touted as non-shedding, though this is often untrue. Poodles are different. A Poodle does not have fur – they have hair. Their hair does not have an undercoat. Dogs with an undercoat are the ones that shed the most. The Poodle’s hair has a longer growth period than most dogs’ fur, so it will continue to grow for much longer before it falls out. Their coat is water resistant, and less likely to cause allergic reactions.
5. Poodles are super smart.
They’re one of the smartest dog breeds, second only to the Border Collie. Poodles learn remarkably quickly, and can learn hundreds of words in their lifetime. They learn from training, as well as by observing. Even if you’re not the best trainer, a Poodle seems to “just know” what you want them to do, as though by instinct.
6. They make great trick dogs.
Not only are they clever; they’re also willing to please. Poodles are motivated by food, toys and praise. It’s easy to teach them new skills. They can even learn complex behavior chains and elaborate doggy dance routines. The Standard Poodle’s large size makes it easier for them to be helpful around the house.
7. They are champions at literally everything.
Poodles are the highest performing dogs in almost every dog sport, from nosework to truffle-hunting to agility. The Standard variety makes a great service dog for people with disabilities. They’re also excellent therapy or emotional support dogs, and are often win awards in Conformation Shows.
8. They are photogenic.
In a short period of time after getting a Poodle, you’ll find yourself looking for a professional-quality camera. Those stunning brown eyes and long legs make them look elegant, even when they’ve just been rolling in raccoon poop. The camera loves a Poodle, and they can’t resist stopping to strike a pose.
9. Poodles love to cuddle at night.
While they’re relatively active during the day, insisting on plenty of walks, physical and mental stimulation, your Poodle will love to snuggle up to you at night. Their warm, curly coat is perfect for cold winter nights – you’ll be able to get rid of your heated blanket!
10. Poodles are a lifestyle.
You’ll quickly discover why this breed is so popular around the world. It won’t take long for your home to become overrun with adorable Poodle gifts – mugs, artwork, mousepads and more featuring your favorite dog breed. If you are looking for some poodle illustrated household and clothing items, we have many waiting for you in our shop.