The Origins of the Poodle Dog Breed

When you think of a poodle, the first thing that normally comes to mind is a little lap dog that sits with an old lady while she watches television. But poodles were originally bred as hunting dogs and looked much like the large Standard Poodles of modern times. They were also used in battle hundreds of years ago to assist soldiers in retrieving arrows from the battlefield. They are extremely intelligent dogs and rank second in intelligence levels and come in second after the Border Collie, making them extremely trainable so it is no wonder that they were used as working dogs in times gone by.


While the Poodle is thought of as a French dog, the debate continues today as to whether they descended from the French Barbet or a German water dog. The German link comes from a dog called the Pudelhund, with pudel meaning splashing. Others believe that the French Barbet could have been crossed with a breed called the Hungarian water dog. In modern times, selective breeding led to the creation of the Toy Poodle, which is a miniature version.

Poodles in paintings

Historically, the Poodle is well known and an established breed in mainland Europe. It has also appeared in paintings dating back to the 1400s. Moreover, there are many paintings of poodles from the time of Louis, the Sun King in France.


While the poodle has remained a very popular dog breed in its own right, it has also contributed to the development of a number of other breeds and has also served to help miniaturise others such as the Schnauzer, the Bichon and others.


Poodles come in three recognised sizes: Standard, Miniature and Toy. All three are recognised by international kennel clubs, and the pedigree process is one of the most rigorous there is for any canine.

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