Do you own a Poodle or one of the Poodle CrossBreeds?
Here at Dog Training The Right Way we offer Poodle and Poodle crossbreed training in Dorset. The Poodle has become one of the most popular dogs to crossbreed with a variety of other breeds. This has resulted in some imaginative naming of these breeds!
The different Poodle crossbreeds
Here is a list of some of the more common Poodle crossbreeds we have seen at our training: Labradoodle, Cockerpoo, Cavapoo, Schnoodle and Westiepoo. This little list is poor compared to the 61 poodle crossbreeds this website introduces. The Cockerpoo is the most common we see at our training facilities.
Regardless of what variety of poodle you have a combination of poodle and other breeds a dog is a dog. The common issues we deal with are pulling on the lead, recall and overexcitement around people and other dogs. A key training focus we have with all dogs is about them having self-control around distractions. Another key subject we discuss is prey drive as the Poodle can have a high prey.
All about poodles: origin, types and characteristics
Poodles are one of the most popular companion animals here in Dorset, they are famous for being intelligent, active, playful, easy to train, fun-loving and excellent family dogs.
Also, they have an interesting history behind them, quite surprising as in its origins this breed was not a very attractive companion dog, but a waterfowl hunting dog, and even a circus dog!
In this post, we will tell you everything you need to know about the poodles and their incredible history.
It is believed that this dog comes from France but there are also those who believe that it comes from Germany or Denmark.
Although known as quite fine dogs, this breed has a long history where it has had diverse tasks such as guarding sheep, accompanying French nobility, searching for truffles or, in its smaller versions, working in circuses.
Originally, the poodle was a breed of water dog used for hunting waterfowl in marshy areas. The word “poodle” is derived from the German word pudel, which means “playing in the water”.
In the Middle Ages and up to the Renaissance its great agility led it to be a hunting dog for birds such as ducks, swans or geese. For this reason, they were known as aquatic dogs because they are water-resistant and adapt very well to muddy terrain.
The poodle had to specialize in water retrieving, so breeders were looking for agile, resistant dogs, very attached to their master and with an extraordinary ability to swim.
Likewise, this dog was highly valued for its good sense of smell, keen eyesight, and large but soft mouth. And its exceptional temperament to work with other dogs.
This is because the poodle is a descendant of the barbet, an African breed that was brought to the Iberian Peninsula, where it was mixed with the Portuguese water dog, and was originally used to retrieve waterfowl, such as ducks.
Thanks to its dexterity, and intelligence for dog training, from the 16th century onwards it was used in numerous circus performances, being trained to perform pirouettes and juggling, capturing the admiration of the entire audience, which made the breed popular among the high society due to its beauty.
Its popularity spread throughout Europe and North America thanks to its good character and sympathy, then became even more popular after World War II.
Types of poodle
These dogs were originally born as a medium-sized breed, but this changed during the 16th and 18th centuries when breeders started to crossbreed the smaller specimens in order to get a miniature breed.
There are different sizes of poodles, from the largest ones measuring up to 55 cm to the charming toy poodle that looks like a stuffed toy.
In France, the giant poodle was used for hunting ducks and birds, the medium poodle for sniffing out truffles in the forest, and the Toy size as a companion animal.
The four prominent classifications within the poodle breed are:
- Standard Poodle
- Medium poodle
- Miniature poodle
- Toy poodle.
Size: this size is the original poodle as it was the first to appear. It measures between 45 and 60 centimetres approximately, with a weight between 20 and 32 kilograms (44 and 71 lb).
Weight: the weight of the standard male poodle is 27 – 31 kg (60 to 70 lbs) while the standard weight of females is 18 – 22 kg (40 to 50 lbs).
Due to their size compared to other poodles, these dogs are often nicknamed giant poodles.
Life expectancy: can exceed 16 years of age with relative ease provided he is given an adequate quality of life.
Appearance: It is an elegant dog with a graceful walk, which also adds to its visual appeal.
Their coats can be white, black, gray, brown, apricot or red. And it is composed of two types of hair, the outer coat and the undercoat. The outer coat is usually thick and curly and the undercoat should be soft and wooly.
Character: Thanks to its innate ability to jump, it is often a good candidate for dog training, agility competitions and dog shows, since, according to experts, it still retains the skills of its ancestors.
He is not the typical dog that can just lie around in the yard with nothing to do. He needs to be always on the move, engaging in mentally stimulating activities.
It is very intelligent, easy to train and can perform very well in challenging games, can perform well in advanced obedience and agility classes and can also perform guard dog functions without the need to be aggressive.
Size: they usually have a size between 35 and 45 cm (14 to 18 inches).
Weight: they weigh approximately 9 to 15 kg (20 to 35 pounds).
Life expectancy: has a life expectancy similar to the large size, between 10-14 years.
Appearance: It is a firm, muscular and harmonious dog, with very strong legs and long ears that fall along the cheeks. And a rather high set tail.
This type of poodle could be described as somewhere between miniature and standard size, being slightly smaller.
For this reason, they are not recognized by the AKC, where both large and medium poodles can be considered as one classification.
Something that often generates some confusion when referring to “standard poodle”. However, the FCI does include this dog in its list of poodle types.
Character: Like any other poodle, the medium poodle is an excellent companion, noted for his intelligence, enthusiasm and eagerness to please his owners, and also easily adapts to all environments, especially urban life.
However, he needs dog training, because if he receives a bad education or lack of training, it is possible that he will develop the “small dog” syndrome.
Both terms are accepted when talking about this type of poodle, as the size differences are much more definite in comparison, they are usually larger than the toy poodle, but smaller than the standard poodle.
Size: Usually between 35 and 45 cm (11 to 14 inches).
Weight: is usually between 4.5 – 6.8 kg (10 to 15 pounds)
Life expectancy: between 10 and 18 years. This is the specimen with the longest life expectancy, also several dwarf poodles have managed to live more than 20 years.
Appearance: It has a fine muzzle and long neck and an abundant and curly, hypoallergenic coat that must be trimmed regularly.
Character: Generally has the same personality as the standard poodle, it is a very sensitive, intelligent, active and obedient dog. He also needs dog training and good socialization as a puppy, so that he can share with children and other pets.
This was the last variety of poodles to be created and is one of the most famous and smallest of all AKC recognized dogs.
Size: The Toy Poodle has a height between 28 cm approximately, ideally 25 cm (8 to 10 inches high at the shoulder).
Weight: between 5 and 9 (12 and 20 pounds).
Life expectancy: between 10 and 18 years, but can reach up to 20 years if cared for from puppyhood.
Appearance: has a dense, hypoallergenic coat that must be trimmed every 4-6 weeks. Unlike his brother’s poodles, his build is square since his height is equal to his length.
Character: they can be nervous, shy or skittish; some fast-paced or conflictive situations can be very stressful for them. However, they are athletic, energetic and elegant.
Although they are not dogs for hunting or rough games, they can be involved in competitions where they have to jump, run and retrieve.
They are good for dog training as they are very intelligent, loyal and very familiar and thanks to their small size make them an ideal pet for living in small spaces and for people who want to have a dog for the first time.
Any poodle smaller than a toy poodle is considered a teacup poodle. This breed is selectively bred but is not registered with a kennel club and is not recognized by the AKC.
Size: approximately 22 cm (9 inches)
Weight: 1.17 kg (2.6 pounds)
Life expectancy: its life expectancy is quite long, ranging from 15 to 20 years. However, he is still prone to suffer from the health problems that affect his breed and all other such tiny dogs.
Appearance: he has the elegant appearance that characterizes his breed, regardless of size, his eyes are also small, dark and always alert and they have a long muzzle with hairy, droopy ears.
Character: their temperament is similar to that of the standard poodle, they are extremely affectionate and are excellent companions for the whole family.
Thanks to their size, they can adapt to any environment and do not need canine training like the others. Even so, they should be kept active as they get bored very easily and if left alone for too long, they will start to suffer from separation anxiety and show destructive behaviors.
Now you know the fascinating history of poodles!
We hope that with this information you will find the ideal poodle for you and your family.
If you are looking for a poodle and poodle crossbreed training in Dorset do not hesitate to visit our website and we will be happy to advise you!