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Breed Spotlight: Poodle
04/19/16 at 02:09 PM | Published Under Dog Breeds
Breed Spotlight: Poodle
While often pigeonholed as a “beauty with no brains” dog breed, the Poodle is exceptionally intelligent, active and excels in obedience training. According to AKC® Registration statistics, it’s one of the most popular dog breeds possibly due to the fact that it also comes in three size varieties. The denominations standard, miniature and toy describe size only, as all are considered the same breed and governed by the same standard.
Poodles can be a variety of solid colors, including black, white, apricot, brown, silver, cream and gray but never parti-colored. The elegant-appearing dog is well proportioned, squarely built and carries itself proudly. When carefully groomed and properly clipped in traditional style, the Poodle emits an air of dignity and distinction.
Unlike other animals with fur, the Poodle has a coat of hair that’s more similar to a human’s. As a result, Poodles may be more tolerated by humans with allergies. And the coat never stops growing.
As puppies grow, the time required for grooming does as well. Between 9-18 months, a Poodle puppy will go through a coat change that may require brushing on a daily basis to prevent matting. Without proper coat care, matting can cause painful skin infections at the roots.
Aside from being decorative, the poodle clip helps to protect the joints and vital organs in cold water. Since this dog breed requires grooming every four to six weeks, some owners learn to clip their Poodle themselves. However, most rely on professionals.
Highly trainable, Poodles enjoy working with their humans and are eager to master all types of tricks. With his greater size and strength, the outgoing Standard Poodle is the best athlete in the family. Requiring daily exercise, they enjoy walking, hunting, tracking, playing, and agility tests. Since they’re so people-oriented, they must be an integral part of their family’s life to be happy.
Genetic diseases afflict all breeds, and the Poodle is unfortunately not immune to these. Among the more common disorders and diseases are Addison’s disease, hip dysplasia, ear infections, gastric dilatation volvulus (bloating), hypothyroidism, patella sub-luxation (kneecap slipping) and progressive retinal atrophy.All varieties of Poodles are also susceptible to “idiopathic epilepsy” that’s generally an inherited condition causing mild to severe seizures. Epilepsy can be controlled with medication.
Poodles make excellent family pets and may be a great addition to your family as well!