Why Add a Poodle Statues to your Outdoor Decor?
Poodles are of German descent, although they are depicted in history as having French origins. In German, the Poodle is called pudel, which translates to “puddle,” and “to splash about.” But what does our beloved and regal Poodle have to do with splashing around in puddles, you may be asking? Well, they were bred to be hunting dogs and used to retrieve game, such as ducks and other birds, from water.
The Poodle doesn’t shed like other dogs. Their fur grows continually, and therefore requires continuous grooming. A little-known fact, is, the Poodle hairstyle serves a purpose other than winning dog show ribbons. Historically, the Poodle’s fur was trimmed to protect their vital areas but not weigh the Poodle down. Since the Poodle swam in frigid waters, too much water absorption in their fur could cause hyperthermia.
Poodles Throughout History
Throughout history, the Poodle has been given other tasks besides being a show dog, and used as a retriever of hunted game. The Poodle has served as a truffle dog, guide dog, military dog, circus performer and wagon puller. Hard to believe the beloved national dog of France was a wagon puller, right? And a truffle dog? But it is true, truffles were a delicacy in England, and the toy Poodle was used to hunt truffles.
Poodles are the only bred that come in three sizes -- standard, miniature and toy. Although, the sizes cause variation in the bred, the American Kennel Club, or AKC, see all sizes as the same bred. In the late 1980’s, there was a team of standard-sized Poodles entered into the Iditarod Dog Sled Race. Unfortunately, the Poodles didn’t fare well in the harsh wintery conditions, and a ruling was established that only dog breeds bred for sledding could be used in the future races. Sadly, this ruling ended the Poodle’s career in dog sledding.