About Toy Poodle Puppies
The standard Poodle is highly regarded as the second most intelligent breed of dog after the Border Collie and before the German Shepherd Dog. This puppy bred is originally bred as a type of water dog. They are in fact very skillful in many dog sports. Among the many positive attribute of this puppy breed would include their agility, obedience, tracking and even herding. To top it all, the breed have even taken top honors in many conformation shows and World Dog Show.
The Poodle is officially recognized as the dog of the French. Although the country of origin could be France, Germany, Denmark or the ancient Piedmont. The name poodle was derived from the German word "Pudel" which literally means 'one who plays in water'. It came from an extinct French water dog called the Barbet. The dog breed is used as a retriever in water. Its heavy coat is a manifestation of being regarded as a water dog clipped to allow the poodle breed ease in swimming. The French would call poodle breed as the 'Caniche'or. Poodles' high intelligence is shown greatly by the French by making them circus performers. Apart from that, their high degree of trainability and love of performing has made the puppy breed really very popular with the French.
Later a new class of poodles, the Toy Poodles was created. The standard poodle was bred down and the Toy Poodle became a favorite among the French Royalty. In the process though, the puppy breed is widely used as a show dog. It is very good at obedience and agility as well as retrieving, watchdog duties and performing tricks.
Poodles are generally retrievers or most popularly called gun dogs. Appearance wise, poodles have curly non-shredding coats that require regular grooming. Their fur is often referred to as "hair". The breeds coat is normally solid-colored. In terms of their size, the poodle breed can come in a variety of sizes and is distinguished at adult shoulder (withers) height. It can also vary from country to country based on exact height cutoffs among the varieties.
The puppy breed has a notable keen sense for instinctual behavior. Poodles are even classified as highly energetic but take note that it can also get bored so fairly easily and acknowledge their being known in getting themselves creative in finding mischief. They like attention being in the center of things.
For the breed, their serious health consideration would be Addison's disease and gastric dilatation volvulus. Researches in UK, Denmark and USA based on reliable surveys has a median life span of 11.5 to 12 years.
For more information on the poodle breed, please visit AKC's website at www.akc.org/breeds/poodle