From the desk of Sharda Baker.
Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Hi and welcome everyone!
This is Sharda with another Poodle dogs newsletter.
Glad to see you again my friends and I hope that you enjoy this new discussion.
The last few newsletters have been pretty information heavy and tone heavy as well given how serious some of the topics have been.
As such, I think it is time to lighten it up and inject a little fun into proceedings for a change!
Training and health issues related to Poodles offer essential knowledge but there is no reason why we cannot discuss some amazing facts about Poodles into this edition.
As such, I plan to talk about the Toy Poodle, Standard Poodle and Teacup Poodle (otherwise known as Miniature Poodles) and introduce some fabulous facts in here so relax and enjoy!
THE TOY POODLE
- Perceived as one of the cutest dogs around, these Poodles are well known for being one of the top ten highly strung dogs in the world today. They certainly get a little bossy if they do not get their way.
- Male Toy Poodles are said to make better pets because they are not as territorial or as prone to tantrums as the female and are much easier to train in all areas.
- Poodles can pick up objects the same way as humans do, meaning that their paws behave more like hands than any other breed of dog.
THE STANDARD POODLE
- Poodles were originally bred to fetch birds after their masters had shot them out of the air, and that is why their fur is exactly how it is. They used to have to retrieve some of the game birds out of bodies of water and so the coat kept them warm.
- The Standard Poodle has consistently been in the top ten most popular dogs for more than two decades.
- Depending on which source you read, Poodles are amongst the top three most intelligent dogs in the world, or are commonly acknowledged to be at number two!
- Did you know that there is another French term for Poodles? They are also known as Caniche, although this is rarely used today so it is very little known outside of France.
- The Poodle has been considered to be the national dog of France for quite some time, complete with bobble tail and bare backside! They can be traced back to the 1500s in that particular country but supposedly originate from Asia.
THE TEACUP POODLE
- Teacup Poodles have to measure 17” or less from head to tail to be classified as such, meaning that they are amongst the smallest dogs in the world (although not quite the yappiest thanks to the Chihuahua)
- Teacup Poodles are not recognized as a breed. They have been specifically bred over a number of years to achieve their size so are considered to be smaller Toy Poodles. There is no official acknowledgement of them anywhere in the world so technically the breed does not exist.
- Forget other little dogs. The Teacup Poodle is the mascot for the Sigma Gamma Rho sorority!
So how many of those facts did you know in advance?
Some of them are relatively common knowledge but others are facts that only the most knowledgeable of Poodle fans will know.
I hope you have had fun reading through them and that some have surprised you.
It will be back to business as usual in the next newsletter but thank you once again for taking the time to read this one!
All the best and take care