Standard Poodle Breeders, Breed Clubs and Rescue
There are three sizes of Poodle; the Toy – less than 11″ tall, the Miniature – between 11-15″ and the Standard who is over 15″ tall. The Breed Standard for all three is identical except for size. Although he is viewed as being French in origin, he comes from Germany where he was known as the Water Dog or Pudel and was used as a gundog, particularly for waterfowling, and for carting. Once in France their potential as companion dogs was exploited and he became a great favourite in Court as they were bred down in size. There is scarcely a French monarch who did not own poodles.
They have been recorded in Europe since the 13th century as part of the group of curly-coated duck dogs, and in France the smaller Poodles were used to scent truffles. He has many talents; a good nose, a love of water, highly intelligent and a strong desire to please his owner Always happy to play the fool, this was taken advantage of in the French circus where his love of showing off was used to its full extent.
A famous Poodle called Boye belonged to Prince Rupert of the Rhine; he accompanied his owner to England to fight with Charles I in the English Civil War against Oliver Cromwell and was killed in the Battle of Marsden Moor in 1644. His harsh curly coat is clipped according to preference; for the showring the traditional lion clip is preferred whilst pet dogs are more likely to have a puppy clip – face, feet and the root of the tail clipped with a modified pom-pom on the head and tail. All solid colours are allowed and the clearer the better.
He makes a lovely family dog being playful and good-tempered, although poor temperaments do occur in Standards and you should make sure that the dam is even-tempered before acquiring a puppy. Grooming is, of course, an expense as even scissoring is a considerable skill and he should be professionally groomed every 6 – 8 weeks.
Rescue and Rehoming
If you need to rehome your own dog, first contact the breeder to see what support she can offer. If that doesn’t resolve your problem then contact a designated Rescue organisation (if one exists) or a Breed Club.