Breed Focus: The Poodle


It’s been a while since our last Breed Focus but in the wake of Crufts, where Standard Poodle Ricky scooped the Best in Show title, we’re shining the spotlight on the fanciest, pranciest dog around – the Poodle …

The breed comes in three sizes, Toy, Miniature and Standard, and in a wide range of colours including blue, grey, silver, brown, café-au-lait, apricot and cream. While their coat doesn’t shed, it requires regular grooming and if you are so inclined, it can be clipped into all manner of fabulous, coiffed-up styles.

Recognised across the world as the national ‘chien’ of France, the Poodle actually originated in Germany where it was first bred as a type of water dog. The dog was known as the Pudelhund based on the Low German verb meaning “to splash about” and “hund”, which yes you guessed it, means hound. 

Light-hearted, elegant, friendly and high-spirited, the Poodle is a clown by nature and loves to give amusement and devotion to his owners. With his quick-to-learn abilities and enjoyment of showing off, the Poodle is a natural in the show ring. Just a few notable Poodle owners include Marie Antoinette, Winston Churchill, Marilyn Monroe, Lucille Ball, Liberace, Patrick Swayze and Vanessa Hudgens.

If you’re potty for Poodles and would like one to call your own, visit Thekennelclub.org.uk for more information and a list of assured breeders. Also take a look at our recommended Poodle purchases below and follow our Poodle board on Pinterest.

From top: PRECIOUS POOCH CARD, £4, Anthropologie.eu / POODLE MUG, £11.75, Notonthehighstreet.com / POODLE WASHBAG, £11.95, Anythingdogz.co.uk / PINK POODLE PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT, £36.99 and up, Art.co.uk / POODLE DOG WITH HAIR RING, 95€, Nachbijoux.com / POODLE TABLE LIGHT, £149, Dwell.co.uk.







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