Toy Breed, ideally suited for indoor, companion dog and is well suited as a watchdog.
Characteristics: The Poodle is cheerful, very affectionate, playful, gentle dog which are highly intelligent, sociable, sensitive, and is a fine watch dog. They bond closely with their human families and have a natural affinity for children. The Poodle has
three classes, Toy 4 lbs to 6lbs and stands under 11 inches (23-28 cm) in height; Miniature 7lbs - 15 lbs and stands 11 - 15 inches (28 - 38 cm) n height and Standard 16 - 70 lbs and stand over 16 inches. The Poodle is a popular show dog, very
friendly, makes a great companion and is very loyal.
History: Whatever its ancestry, this is a very old breed. Illustrations of Poodle-like dogs adorn Egyptian and Roman artifacts and tombs dating from the first centuries B.C. The drawings and statues show dogs that look very much like modern- day poodle bringing in game nets, herding animals, and retrieving game from marshes. Although some say that the Miniature and Toy Poodles emerged shortly after the Standard, many believe it wasn't until the 1400s that
breeders began producing smaller versions of the Poodle — first the Miniature, then the Toy — to delight the Parisian bourgeoise. The Toy and Miniature varieties were created by breeding small Poodles to each other, not by breeding
Poodles to smaller breeds. The French used the larger Standard Poodle for duck hunting, and the mid-sized Miniature Poodle to sniff out truffles in the woods. The tiny Toy Poodle's main job, on the other hand, was to serve as a companion to
the nobility and wealthy merchant class. Well-to-do owners in the Renaissance often carried their Toy Poodles in their large shirtsleeves, leading to the nickname "sleeve dogs." Gypsies and traveling performers learned that Poodles excelled in
another canine profession: circus dog. They trained Poodles to perform tricks, dressing them in costumes and sculpting their coats into fanciful shapes to add to their stage appeal. Wealthy patrons took note and started clipping, decorating, and
even dying their own Poodle companions. The Kennel Club in England registered their first Poodle in 1874, with the first British club for Poodle fanciers arriving on the scene two years later. It's not known for sure when Poodles arrived in the
U.S., but the American Kennel Club registered their first Poodle in 1886. The Poodle Club of America was founded in 1896, but disbanded shortly thereafter. Poodle enthusiasts reestablished the club in 1931. Poodles were fairly rare in the U.S.
until after World War II. By the mid-1950s, however, the Poodle had become the most popular breed in the country, a position he held for more than 20 years.
POODLE SIRES Kennel Clubs: FIC, AKC, KCGB, CKC, ACA Poodle Dams