How to find Poodle information
Poodles were clipped historically to make them mobile in water. Today, Poodle breeders have Poodles groomed in elaborate show clips. Like any other dog breed, Poodles have good and bad qualities. Poodle breeders should be knowledgeable of all the characteristics of the breed. Good Poodle breeders love animals and want their Poodle pups to go to loving, permanent homes.
The Poodle is one of the most loved and hated dog breeds. Often seen fully coiffed either in competition or strolling with their owners, their fur simultaneously pouffed high and trimmed close, poodles appear to be a haughty and decadent dog breed to the Poodle layman.
Surprisingly, the history of the poodle is actually very down-to-earth. Poodles are water dogs. They are naturals at hunting birds in water and on land. The name Poodle comes from the German words Pudel or Pudelhund, which means splashing and splashing dog respectively. The name for Poodles is related to the English word puddle. Knowing Poodles are named after a simple puddle makes the breed seem less intimidating already. Poodles most likely originated in Eastern Europe and they have been popular throughout Europe for hundreds of years. However, it is the French who are given credit for the breed. French Poodle breeders successfully cultivated all three sizes of Poodle: miniature, toy and standard.
Poodle breeders understand Poodle history and Poodle breed standard characteristics. The American Kennel Club, which defines breed standards for all breeds registered and competing in AKC competition, has specific characteristics that are required in each purebred Poodle. Poodles must meet the size requirements for miniature, toy or standard sized Poodles. All Poodles must appear energetic, alert, and elegant, must have a regal carriage, must be intelligent, and must have physical characteristics such as: curly, dense and coarse fur trimmed in the appropriate style, proportionate features, dark eyes, oval-shaped feet, straight and delicate muzzle and deep, wide chest.
The style of fur required for competition is a puppy cut for dogs twelve months and under and either an English Saddle or Continental clip for adult dogs. There are various requirements of each type of cut, which the AKC clearly defines. Dogs that are not competing are trimmed down considerably to reduce maintenance. Dogs in full fur require at least ten hours of brushing weekly.
Buyers can find reputable Poodle breeders by asking for referrals from local animal shelters. The American Kennel Club or local dog clubs and organizations are other good places to begin. Buyers must research Poodles and have a good understanding of Poodle information so that nefarious breeders won't take advantage of them. Unfortunately, there are breeders working only to make a profit with no regard for the health or happiness of the dogs they produce- or their potential buyers.
These backyard breeders raise Poodles in puppy mills where they breed dogs continuously, keeping the mothers and puppies in cages with little socialization and no freedom or play. Buyers can avoid bad breeders by asking to see the kennel where puppies are raised, requesting pedigree information, registration papers and medical records, and by interviewing breeders to make sure they do not mass market puppies or sell them to pet stores. Good Poodle breeders will interview buyers to make sure they can give Poodles a good home.