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The Prim and Proper Breed: Fun Facts about Poodles

According to the American Kennel Association, the Poodle stands proudly among dogdom’s true aristocrats. While being known as one of the most fashionable dog breeds, you can find standard, toy or miniature poodles in black, white, gray and brown. Here are 7 fun facts you probably didn’t know about one of America’s favorite dog breeds.

They’re of German Descent

Despite their tight association with France, poodles hail from Germany, where they were given the nickname pudel, which translates to puddle and to splash about.

They might give off the appearance of wealth and luxury, but poodles were originally bred to work. It could have to do with their athletic build and ability to swim extremely well, which led to hunters using them to retrieve ducks and other birds from the water. What’s better, they have a naturally soft mouth which allowed them to gently pick up wounded or dead game.

They Were Bred to Work

They might give off the appearance of wealth and luxury, but poodles were originally bred to work. It could have to do with their athletic build and ability to swim extremely well, which led to hunters using them to retrieve ducks and other birds from the water. What’s better, they have a naturally soft mouth which allowed them to gently pick up wounded or dead game.

Their Hairstyle isn’t Just for Looks

The poodle hairstyle serves a purpose beyond helping them win dog show ribbons. Because poodles were bred to jump into freezing cold water, their hair was designed as protection for those conditions. With light and fluffy fur, the pattern helped to protect vital areas from cold waters without weighing them down.

They Come in Three Varieties

Did you know that the poodle is the only dog that comes in three sizes: standard, miniature, and toy. Now that’s variety! While each size caused a variation in the breed, the American Kennel Club still considers all three falling under the same breed.

Their Fur Never Stops Growing

Speaking of their hair do, the poodle’s fur will grow continuously over time. That means even though they don’t shed like most dogs, they do require regular grooming. On the bright side, they are considered hypoallergenic and generally odorless!

Poodles are Very Smart

You might not be surprised by this fact, but poodles are one of the smartest breeds, second to the border collie. Because of their intelligence, they’re also extremely easy to train.

Elvis Was a Big Fan of Poodles

When Elvis was stationed in Germany, he had a poodle named Champagne and was known to give poodles as gifts to the women he loved. We wouldn’t be surprised if he had his very own poodle statues throughout his garden at Graceland, especially knowing he had quite a collection of poodles on the property.

Poodles are one of the most loved dog breeds in America, and for good reason. If you’ve ever considered adding this breed to your family, perhaps the facts above will help make the decision a little easier for you!