I read the phrase in the title somewhere, and while it’s a blatant one-line scam from Forest Gump, I thought it was a pretty appropriate way to describe the world’s oldest water retriever, circus performer, and truffle hunter.
Poodles are lively and active dogs, they are very loyal and absolutely love (crave?) Attention. The lifespan of the Poodle is 12 to 15 years or more, and some of the ones I have heard go as long as 18. It is a very intelligent dog, one of the most intelligent by whatever method you want to apply. I witnessed an “IQ test” of a dog in which the dog’s head was covered with a blanket and the dog calculated the time to see how long it would take to uncover itself. Unsurprisingly, the winner was the Border Collie, with the Poodle in a very close second.
The standard poodle is the largest of the poodle breed, standing at least 15 inches. (38 cm) on the shoulder, and it’s more than just a pretty face. Experts agree that the Standard Poodle is one of the oldest breeds that specializes in hunting after hunting in the water, and is still sometimes used as a hunting dog. History shows that the standard poodles that we know and enjoy today were probably developed around the 17th century in Germany. They were most likely descended from the first German water retrievers, but they may also be related to spaniels from the Iberian Peninsula. Although originally a hunting dog, today the standard poodle is primarily a companion and show dog. They are proud, graceful, dignified, gentle, and kind.
The Toy, or French Poodle, is the smallest at 11 inches. (29 cm) or less at the highest point of the shoulders. Originating from the German “Pudel”, the French developed the “Poodle” in the miniaturized version that we know today as the Toy Poodle. These small dogs are almost exclusively companion and show dogs, but can occasionally be seen performing tricks on stage or in circuses. The Toy Poodle is sensitive and very intelligent.
Dogs that vary in size larger than the Toy Poodle but smaller than the Standard Poodle are classified as Miniature Poodles. The miniature poodle is considered a cheerful, super intelligent, sensitive and highly trainable companion dog.
The poodle has a very attractive and robust appearance, and displays an air of distinction and dignity peculiar to the breed. Although they come in different sizes, the shape and appearance of the breed is consistent. The general appearance of a poodle’s body is of good proportions, the length of the body generally exceeding the height at the withers.
A poodle’s coat is curly, rough, and dense. Poodles actually have a double coat that has the quality and appearance of lamb’s wool. It’s fine, fluffy, light in texture, and knots easily when not cared for. Due to variations in grooming, a Poodle can be the most graceful of dogs or almost the most miserable. Most purebred puppies will have their tails docked, giving them a distinctive powder puff appearance.
The Poodle’s temperament is undoubtedly one of the breed’s best qualities, however it often depends on its size. In general, there is a noticeable temperament difference between a toy, miniature, and standard poodle.
Perhaps no other dog has been crossed as much as the Poodle to try to improve the qualities of two breeds. Hybrid “poop” dogs appear everywhere. Examples include the Labradoodle (Labrador Retriever) and Goldendoodle (Golden Retriever), which were primarily bred as hypoallergenic companion dogs. The appearance of these dogs ranges from a shaggy-looking Golden Retriever to a laid-back poodle with curls, but generally something in between. The Schnoodle (Schnauzer) exhibits the temperament characteristics of the Schnauzer (terrier liveliness) and the appearance / intelligence of the Poodle. The Cockapoo (Cocker Spaniel) has a square-built appearance with a full but less curly coat. Other variations include the Maltipoo (Maltese), Bich-poo (Bichon Frize), and Yorkipoo (Yorkshire Terrier).
The poodle is certainly quite an amazing breed. Smart and cheerful, the Poodle can be counted as one of the most popular dog breeds in America, as well as around the world. The Poodle is commonly recognized as the most intelligent of all members of the canine breed. If you are looking for a dog to do just about anything, a Poodle might be right for you. But always keep in mind: “Poodle is how Poodle does”.