Presenting To You... Poodle's Fun Facts!
Poodles, known for their stylish hair look and long legs, this breed is popular when it comes to the fashion world, even featured in movies like Zoolander. These dogs are also known as the models of the doggy world. So what else about them? Here are the 10 fun facts about Poodles!
Fun Fact #1 : Their Origin
The origin of the poodle is disputed. Encyclopedia Britannica traces the origin of the poodle in Germany, where it was known as the "Pudlehund". The word "Pudel" is derived from the Low German verb meaning "to splash about", and the word Hund (dog). The Federation Cynologique Internationale holds that the poodles descend from the French dog Barbet and might have been crossed with the Hungarian water dog. The French name "Caniche" comes from the word cane (the female of the duck) since this type of breed was used as a water retriever mainly for duck hunting thanks to its swimming ability. Due to the breed's popularity in France, it became established as a national breed.
Fun Fact #2 : Bred For Hunting
Say what? Yes! The name Poodle comes from the German "pudel," or puddle and refers to dogs splashing in puddles of water. The Poodle was originally bred to fetch waterfowl while out on hunting trips. The first Poodles were all larger dogs weighing from forty up to seventy pounds. We now know this size Poodle as the Standard Poodle.
Fun Fact #3 : Hyperallogenic Dogs
The Poodle may be a high class pooch, but it's also great for people who suffer from dog allergies. Even better, they shed very little of their fur. Also, for those with sensitive noses, Poodles tend to be odorless. Cancel the Febreze order!
Fun Fact #4 : Cross-Breeding Programs
Its unique fur has become the reason of numerous cross-breeding programs. The Poodle has been mated to such widespread breeds as the Cocker Spaniel, Labrador Retriever and Golden Retriever, Wheaten Terrier and English Pointer in order to produce hypoallergenic hybrids.
Fun Fact #5 : The Geniuses
Poodles are one of the smartest breeds, second only to the border collie in rankings of canine intelligence. Their smarts make them extremely easy to train and a favorite of circuses. In the 1800s, they were often dressed in miniature human clothing and trained to act out elaborate scenes.
Fun Fact #6 : Quite the Athlete
This dog is an excellent athlete. It’s endowed with all characteristics of an ultimate four-legged companion, including moderate size, charming look and quick mind. Additionally its small yet agile and sturdy body is designed for motion so it becomes a first-rate hunter and retriever. In fact the Poodle was originally developed to retrieve water fowl and has so-called "soft mouth" (it can very carefully draw the dead or wounded bird from the water).
Fun Fact #7 : Elvis's favourite
The King loved dogs and had quite a collection at Graceland. When he was stationed in Germany, he had a poodle named "Champagne". He also gave away many poodles to the women he loved: A toy poodle named "Little Bit" went to a girlfriend, and he gave a poodle named "Honey" to his wife Priscilla.
Fun Fact #8 : Don't Spoil Them
If Poodles are too spoiled, they are likely to assume that they are the alpha dog of the family. So even if your pooch won’t be performing under the big tent, make sure to implement some sort of obedience training. Obedience training is also essential to keeping your pooch’s mind active. You know the saying about idle hands…or in this case…paws? Basically, a bored Poodle is a badly behaved Poodle.
Fun Fact #9 : All-Poodle Sled Team
In 1988, a musher named John Suter entered the race with an all-poodle sled team. They didn't do so well courtesy of matted fur and cold paws, many of the dogs had to be dropped off at checkpoints. This struggle led to a new rule that dictated only northern breeds like Siberian huskies and Alaskan malamutes are allowed to race. This measure ensures the safety of breeds that aren’t cut out for the extreme cold.
10. Nala, The Teacup Poodle
Nala the teacup poodle was never trained to operate an elevator, but she somehow figured it out and uses it to visit the residents at a local nursing home where her owner works. The small dog can navigate the hallways all by herself and bring comfort to those around her. "She'd rather ride it alone than with people, because she knows where she's going," her owner said. "If she could, she would push the button herself."