Get to know the Poodle
All you need to know about the breed
Sharp-witted, athletic dogs with a natural noble elegance, Poodles are exuberant dogs that come in three sizes – the Toy, the Miniature, and the Standard.
Originally used by European hunters to retrieve game from streams and lakes, Poodles are highly alert, eager to please and task-driven. With an English name derived from the German word for splashing about in water and French name, caniche, that comes from “cane” or female duck, it’s no surprise that these dogs are excellent jumpers and swimmers.
Misconceptions about their disposition are usually based on their distinct “clips” or grooming style, which once had the practical purpose of keeping vital areas warm with longer hair while clipping other areas short to allow for ease of movement in water. Of course, there is also an aesthetic intention behind that eye-catching look, since Poodles have been favoured companions of the fashion-focused for centuries and are regular competitors, read winners, in dog shows.
Poodles are keenly sensitive and adapt very well to people. This combined with their substantial supply of energy means they thrive on attention and commands. With firm training and regular exercise, Poodles make excellent companions that are well-behaved around children and other animals.
2 facts about Poodles
Things to look out for
From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Poodle
Excitement or something more?
Poodles are naturally athletic and highly active, so it isn’t surprising when they take it up a notch and launch into zoomies - that behaviour when they start racing around and around in circles. However, if the running seems more nervous than excited, they might be experiencing a seizure. There are many potential causes for seizures, so a quick trip to the vet as soon as you notice anything unusual will help you catch anything early.
Look out for signs of hip dysplasia
Like many breeds, Poodles can suffer from the genetic disorder known as hip dysplasia, a condition where the femur slides partially out of the hip socket due to the malformation of the latter. Potential signs include decreased movement, “bunny hopping” gait, and or reluctance to run, jump, or climb stairs.
If left unchecked, hip dysplasia can develop into arthritis and, eventually lameness. The good news is, regular X-rays and check-ups with your vet give you a head start in supporting your dog and ensuring best possible care.
Keep an eye open for eye issues
Another condition observed in some Poodles, particularly in the Miniature and Toy varieties, is PRA – progressive retinal atrophy. PRA encompasses a range of eye diseases that can cause the retina to gradually deteriorate. An early manifestation of PRA is night blindness, which can sometimes cross over into the day. Remember to ask your vet for a PRA Optigen DNA test, which will help you stay on top of any potential issues.
Caring for your Poodle
Grooming, training and exercise tips