Origins of the breed
Many experts feel that Poodles are the archetypal companion dog, coming in a variety of sizes, colours and coat textures. Originally, Poodles were used for wildfowling. They are primarily descended from an old breed of water dog, the Barbet, with which they share many characteristics.
In 1743, it was called the “Caniche”: the female of the Barbet in French. Eventually the Barbet and the Caniche were separated. Breeders worked hard to produce original individuals of uniform colour and their efforts have been duly rewarded as Poodles have become the world’s favourite French dog since the beginning of the 20th century.