Did you know the word "Poodle" comes from the German word "Pudel" or "Pudelin," which translates to "a splash in the water"? Looking at the history of this breed, Poodles in many countries were water retrievers. Isn't it cool? So, the poodle you and I remember from Hollywood movies with the perfect hair, a diamond bow-tie around their neck, living in a luxurious lifestyle is an actual work dog!
Don't you wonder at times if you know your pet better? If you knew about their lineage, the health conditions that might arise? Is training a dog going to be a challenge?
For first-time owners, possible pet parents, PETAMIKO'S DOG BREED GUIDE is here to answer all your basic questions about all dog breeds! In this article team of Petamiko, one of the best pet healthcare app in India has tried its best to answer all your queries. So, all the information and facts related to a poodle you will not want to miss are here in this one article.
ARE POODLES SUITABLE FOR THE INDIAN CLIMATE?
Well, with less sighting of a poodle in India, this is one of the trickiest questions to figure out than we thought. With its origin from countries like France & Germany, which have moderate climates compared to India, a poodle is less sensitive to weather changes. It will not be incorrect to say that a poodle has a high tolerance to extreme weather. So yes! A poodle can survive in areas that are too hot or too cold in temperatures.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT SIZES OF A POODLE?
A standard poodle height falls anywhere between 15inches to 22inches tall. That said, the average weight of a standard poodle is between 20kgs to 31kgs in male dogs and 20kgs to 27kgs in female dogs. There are other counterparts of a Poodle or what we call a "Toy Poodle" and "Miniature Poodle" that can adjust in small spaces. A toy poodle can fit in your handbag. Yes, you read it right! While a Toy Poodle is 10 inches tall, it can weigh only about 3kgs to 5kgs. The height of a miniature poodle is 11-15inches and weighs up to only 7kgs to 8kgs.
WHAT ARE THE PERSONALITY TRAITS OF A POODLE DOG?
Blinded by the love of our furry friends, we at Petamiko believe that all dogs have great personalities! However, a poodle stands out from the crowd. Famously referred to as the "best family dogs" in the west, Poodles are a fun-loving breed. They are super-intelligent, hyperactive, and easy to train, the reason why many dog show winners have been poodle as a winner in the past. Like every breed, a poodle demands attention! If you are getting home a toy poodle or miniature poodle, we suggest starting early socialization.
HOW ARE POODLES WITH A BABY?
A poodle is going to be a perfect companion for your child. As we said, a poodle wants a lot of attention. They like stimulation, stay active, and if you want someone to play with your growing child and want a best friend, a poodle is the best dog you can bring home. Even when you have elders at home, a poodle can be the perfect family dog.
HOW TO TRAIN A POODLE?
Highly trainable, a poodle is one of the brightest breeds! For ages, they have been a hunting dog, performers at circuses in the west, and retriever hunts, as mentioned in the beginning. A poodle enjoys agility training, the reason they make perfect pets for people with an active lifestyle. We at Petamiko believe there are no bad dogs, just careless owners. So if at all you can't give them consistency, please don't shy away from finding a trainer for your pet.
WHAT ARE GROOMING ESSENTIALS FOR A POODLE?
Looking at the fur, many think a poodle sheds in heaps. Not True! They might look like a furball but it was amazing to find out that a poodle has non-shedding coats, which means less shedding. However, you will have to brush your poodle every day to avoid coat matting. You can choose to keep their coats clipped short or play with a new look. Many poodle owners learn to groom their poodle as frequent grooming can be a bit expensive.
DOES A POODLE NEED REGULAR EXERCISING?
Hell Yes! A poodle is going to be your best training partner. They love exercises, all kinds of physical activities and need a lot of physical and mental stimulation. We suggest you take them out every day twice for at least an hour and a half and make sure to include them in fun activities like a random hike, swimming, and sports like huddles and races. If you want to get rid of the lockdown weight, train with a poodle.
WHAT TO FEED A POODLE?
The nutritional intake will depend on the size and variant of a poodle. While all pets deserve a high-nutritious meal, Poodles can be fed high-quality pet food out of a packet. If you prefer home-cooked meals for your pet, include wholesome ingredients, sources of glucosamine, and chondroitin for their joint health, Omega fats for the skin and coat, salmon oil, flaxseeds, and probiotics for digestion.
HOW IS THE GENERAL HEALTH OF A POODLE?
A poodle has a life span of 12-15years. And like humans, their bodies too are prone to certain diseases in the long run. A standard poodle is likely to develop gastric dilation and sebaceous adenitis, a skin disease caused due to poor grooming. Due to the higher physical activity all their lives, the joint health of a poodle should get monitored frequently. Other common diseases can be Epilepsy, Hip Dysplasia, Cushing Disease, and Hypothyroidism.
The best way to know more about any breed and especially about your dog is through a vet consultation. So, don't forget to get your poodle enrolled for a first-time consultation and then follow-up consultations at regular intervals.