Dogs 101: Poodles Dogs Top 10 Interesting Facts Most Popular Dog Breeds – Animal Facts

I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members
of a weird religious cult. Rita Rudner Oodles of poodles touch the hearts of countless
thousands of dog owners. The poodle is elegant and perky, well-proportioned,
and squarely built. He carries himself proudly, with an air of
distinction and dignity and a springy gait. Whether he be small, medium or large, the
Poodle can steal your heart and steal the show. Welcome to Animal Facts. Let’s Get Started. 10. Don’t judge a book by its cover — Poodles
might look like frou-frou pups, but they were actually bred bred to hunt. Poodles hail from Germany, where they were
called pudel, which is German for “puddle.” While poodles today have connotations of wealth
and luxury, they were bred to work. The athletic dogs are excellent swimmers and
were used by hunters to retrieve ducks and other birds from the water. They have a “soft mouth,” so they can
gently pick up wounded or dead game without damaging it. In France, the dogs were called caniche, or
“duck dog.” 9. In 1988, a musher named John Suter entered
THE IDITAROD DOG SLED RACE with an all-poodle sled team. Unsurprisingly, they didn’t do so well: Thanks
to matted fur and cold paws, many of the dogs had to be dropped off at checkpoints. This struggle led to a new rule that dictated
only northern breeds like Siberian huskies and Alaskan malamutes are allowed to race. This measure ensures the safety of breeds
that aren’t cut out for the extreme cold. In 2010, a California woman wrote a children’s
book inspired by his story. It’s called “Sled Dog Poodles.” 8. Unlike dogs that shed, the poodle will grow
fur continuously. As a result, they need regular grooming. If left ungroomed, their fur will become matted
and dreadlock-like. On the upside, they’re hypoallergenic and
generally odorless. Cancel the Febreze order and hit that like
button! 7. Elvis loved dogs and had quite a collection
at Graceland. When he was stationed in Germany, he had a
poodle named Champagne. He also gave away many poodles to the women
he loved: A toy poodle named “Little Bit” went to a girlfriend, and he gave a poodle
named “Honey” to his wife Priscilla. 6. An awe inspiring story of intelligence among
this breed lies with the teacup Poodle, Nala. Although never trained to operate an elevator,
Nala somehow figured it out on her own and uses it to visit the residents at a local
nursing home, where her owner works. The small dog can navigate the hallways all
by herself and bring comfort to those around her. “She’d rather ride it alone than with people,
because she knows where she’s going,” her owner said. “If she could, she would push the button herself.” 5. The Poodle, for all it’s fashionista traits
and trends, is actually hiding the brain of a geek. Dog geek, that is. In fact, the Poodle is one of the smartest
dog breeds. They’re also loving, nice to strangers (as
long as you keep an eye on them) and have a great sense of humor. All in all, you’d be hard-pressed to find
a better game show contestant. 4. Poodle enthusiasts make artwork out of their
pups! This creative grooming turns Poodles into
everything from Lady Gaga to the cast of Madagascar. Poodles are the new black. The iconic grooming pattern of the Poodle
is one that is either loved or laughed at. But it isn’t just for fancy looks. These haircuts originated to avoid having
wet fur weigh the dogs down while still offering protection to vital areas from freezing marsh
water. 3. While their ancestry might not be completely
certain, it IS certain that Poodles are an extremely ancient breed. Illustrations of Poodle-like dogs have been
found on Egyptian and Roman artifacts and tombs dating back to the first centuries B.C. 2. Poodles were the most popular breed in the
US for 20 years starting in the mid-1950s. However, it wasn’t until after World War
II that the Poodle became popular in the U.S. Before then, they were fairly rare. Before we move on to number one, plus take
a moment to like and subscribe. 1. In England, Spain, France and Germany, truffle
mushrooms were considered a delicacy, and Poodles were the ideal dog to sniff them out. Their soft mouths and small paws were gentle
enough not to damage the mushrooms. Owners would begin training Poodle puppies
and their excellent noses to hunt mushrooms as early as 4 months old! Well there ya have it, ten show-worthy facts
about the elegant, but sporty, Poodle. If you’d like to see more lists like this
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