The Poodle, also known as the Pudel, the Caniche (which means “duck dog”), the Chien Canne (meaning “reed dog”), the Barbone (which means “barbered”) or the canis familiaris aquatius, is one of the most famous of all dog breeds and is known to be proud, intelligent and elegant. “Pudel” refers to playing in water. Supposedly originating in Germany, the Poodle is more known for its association with France. Both the French and German names for this breed pertain to its keen ability to hunt and to retrieve waterfowl. Also called the “French Poodle,” this breed actually developed and achieved its fame as a hunting retriever and a circus trick dog. He also for a time was used to sniff out the famous truffle mushrooms. The Poodle is now best known as an intelligent companion and show competitor. The Poodle was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1887. The Standard Poodle (and the Miniature Poodle) are members of the Non-Sporting Group, while the Toy Poodle is a member of the Toy Group. They are each considered to be members of the same breed, with the smaller varieties having been bred down in size from the Standard Poodle.
The Standard Poodle is over 15 inches at the withers. The Miniature Poodle is 15 inches or less at the withers, but over 10 inches in height. The Toy Poodle is 10 inches or less at the withers. When competing in the show ring, the Poodle’s coat requires immense attention. However, when trimmed in a companion “puppy” clip, it is a very low maintenance breed and is practically non-shedding. The Standard Poodle is known to be the most stable, affectionate and sensitive of the poodle family. It is very good with children and other dogs and is the calmest of the poodles.