With Poodle Day (7 October 2023) fast approaching, we thought, what better time to unearth some fun facts about this lovable and distinct breed?
While many people are familiar with poodles, some interesting lesser-known facts may surprise even the avid poodle lovers today.
Poodles Were Originally Water Dogs
Ever wondered why poodles love water so much? Many years ago, poodles were highly skilled at retrieving waterfowl and were put to work to do just that. In fact, the name poodle derives from the German word ‘Pudel’, which means “to splash”. Today of course, while poodles are not used for hunting, they still retain their love of water and swimming!
Poodles Come in Different Sizes
Poodles come in three distinct sizes: Standard, miniature, and even Toy! Each size has its unique charm and personality traits.
If you are thinking of adopting a poodle of any size or any dog for that matter, then be sure to check out our Ultimate Guide to Adopting a Dog to help you navigate the process.
Poodles Hardly Shed
Unlike many other dogs, poodles actually have hair and not fur. One of the many advantages of owning a poodle is that their hypoallergenic curly coat often traps loose hair, reducing shedding in the home.
Various Coat Colours
Not only do poodles come in different sizes, but they come in different colours too, which include black, white, apricot, silver, blue, cream, and more! Interestingly a poodles coat colour can even change over time, especially for puppies.
Poodles Are Excellent Companions
We all know the benefits that pets can have on our mental health, however, poodles in particular, have been known to form exceptionally strong bonds with their owners. In fact, poodles are often described as “people-oriented” and thrive on human interaction and attention.
Poodles consistently rank as one of the most intelligent dog breeds and are known to be quick learners. Their high intelligence makes them highly trainable and adaptable to various tasks in different environments.
Impressive World Records
Poodles have long demonstrated their various talents, including their agility and athleticism, with a poodle named Sailor setting the Guinness World Record for the fastest 10m walking on a globe by a dog (yes, that’s apparently a thing!).
Poodles Are High Energy
As any poodle owner will testify, poodles have high energy levels, especially the Standard and Miniature varieties. It is believed that poodles today have high energy because of their breed heritage when they were originally bred as water retrievers.
Poodles are no couch potatoes therefore make sure if you are an owner or are thinking of buying a poodle, then ensure you know how to stop your dog from getting bored.
It’s worth noting that individual poodles may have variations in energy levels. Some poodles may be more active, and others more laid-back, depending on their genetics and upbringing.
In summary, poodles are more than just a pretty face. They have a rich history, versatile skills, and a winning personality that endeared them to people worldwide.
Whether you’re looking for a loyal family pet or a champion in dog sports, poodles can make a wonderful addition to your life. So, the next time you see one of these elegant dogs, remember the fun facts that make poodles much more than a fashionable breed.