The Poodle: Brains and Beauty

Poodle History

The Poodle is typically portrayed as Parisian, but this breed is actually believed to have originated in Germany. The name “Poodle” is a play on the German “Pudel” or “Pudelin,” meaning “to splash in water,” named such because the breed was originally meant for water retrieving. Poodles made their way to the French Court of Louis XVI and became a great favorite, establishing a reputation that lives on to this day.

The Poodle was officially recognized by the AKC in 1887. They come in three sizes—standard, miniature and toy—but are all governed by the same breed standards (except for height).

Eager to Learn and Eager to Please

True to their heritage as retrievers, Poodles are among the most agile and athletic dog breeds. They are highly intelligent companions, alert, active and eager to learn. In fact, the Poodle has such a great capacity for learning and training that they consistently receive top-ranking scores in agility, retrieving and obedience events.

Because of their active and intelligent nature, Poodles do need a fair amount of attention and exercise. They love to play with their owners but need large spaces to run and jump, so a house with a yard is preferable for these dogs.

Poodles, true to the stereotype, do require regular grooming and maintenance. Unlike most dog fur that sheds, the Poodle’s hair continuously grows. This means that Poodles must be clipped and brushed at least once a month, lest they turn into a ball of hair or their hair becomes matted. 

Poodle Health and Wellness

Poodles are known for having few health issues and an average life span of 11 to 12 years. Routine visits to the veterinarian are important to maintain health, but nutrition can play a key role as well. Food that supports healthy aging, coat health and muscle tone, like ROYAL CANIN® BREED HEALTH NUTRITION® Poodle can help keep your poodle happy and healthy throughout his life.