For years, the poodle has been thought of as the most intelligent dog breed. He has scholarly tendencies and acts with a gentleman”s attitude.

Despite all of its smarts and attributes, poodles have not been as popular as some other breeds. Some claim him to be too self-centered and too pre-occupied with cleaning itself.

To keep the animal in tip-top shape for shows, it takes a lot of time compared to many breeds. But those who own a poodle say that the dog gives very little trouble to them. They believe this is the best breed of dog as a pet.

They see a dog with almost human-like qualities of reasoning and devotion. Poodles have an aptitude for learning that never ends. Owners tell stories of their pets” talents and versatility.

The dog can be a showman with performing tricks such as standing on its head or walking a tight rope. However, it is the animal”s brain power that puts him steps ahead many other dogs or other animals.

Stories of Smart Poodles

In 1818, a French poodle named Munito showed Parisians his ability to play cards and understand mathematical calculations.

Another French poodle learned to dirty the boots of those walking by in order for his master, a shoe cleaner halfway across the bridge, to benefit from cleaning them.

Poodles in Belgium were trained to smuggle expensive lace, which was wrapped around their shaven bodies and covered with a fake coat. These dogs learned the dislike of all uniformed men.

Poodles Began in Germany

History shows that the poodle breed began in Germany. He resembles a brown Poodle and an Irish Water Spaniel. The Poodle used to be a sporting dog trained to retrieve waterfowl.

Americans and Europeans usually clip the poodle”s coat around the face and legs, leaving clumps of hair on the thighs. The background of this custom is not known. However, now that poodles are mainly house dogs, this look keeps daily grooming down to a minimum.

The dog has a long coat of twisty hair. If it is allowed to grow too long, they can drag along the ground preventing the dog from moving freely.

Curly poodles have coats that should be brushed regularly. They also should be washed occasionally.

Distinct Looks for Poodles

The four colors associated with poodles include black, white, brown and blue. White Poodles get favored as the most intelligent, and they are the ones selected most by professional trainers.

The black are next on the list for intelligence. The brown and blue types seem to lack true poodle characteristics.

Choosing a Good Poodle

A poodle should have a lively attitude. He should have long head with bright alert eyes. His stature should not include a leggy appearance and by no means be low to the ground either. The tail should be carried up. The coat should be one color, very curly and wiry to the touch.

A poodle puppy will be mischievous and active like a child. To train a poodle without problems, you must gain his affection with kindness, firmness and perseverance. With all those things in place, owners can teach the poodle many tricks. Never attempt to teach a poodle more than one trick at a time.

The poodle breed remains sensitive and can be taught much quicker if the master makes the dog understand the reason for the task.

Keeping Poodles Healthy

The poodle bitch makes a good mother to her puppies. The puppies are easy to raise except for some health problems of the stomach and congestion of the lungs.

Remember that their thick coats take a long time to dry. The majority of poodles are kept in the house or kennels far from moisture. They should not be a problem in keeping them clean in the home.

Toy white poodles have become a very popular pet. The toy variety will reach only 15 inches in height at the shoulder and resembles the full-sized dog completely.

The Perfect Poodle

A poodle should carry himself with pride. The almond-shaped eyes will be very dark and full of fire and intelligence. The dog”s hind legs should remain very muscular and well-bent. The tail will be set rather high and never curled or carried over the back.

Owners recommend that only one-third of the poodles coat be clipped or shaved, and that the hair on the forehead be left on.


Leighton, R. (2004). Dogs and all About Them. Retrieved March 24, 2008, from The Project Gutenberg EBook of Dogs and All About Them Web site: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/10991/10991.txt.