Dignified and proud, the Poodle is normally highly intelligent and easily trained. They enjoy being with people. Some can be sensitive and high strung.
Poodles were originally bred as a water retriever to fetch waterfowl for hunters. To do this day, they love to have a job and purpose. Highly intelligent, Poodles are amazing when it comes to training. They also excel at dog sports such as agility, obedience, and hunt tests.
The Poodle is a very people-friendly dog who loves to be around their family and expect to be included in family activities. They may be reserved with strangers. If left alone for long periods of time, they can become lonely and potentially destructive. Early training will eliminate them thinking they are the alpha.
Major Health Concerns: Although generally healthy, the Poodle is subject to several genetic diseases. These may include cataracts and Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) which may result in blindness. Allergies and skin conditions are common. They may also have Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA), a blood disease in which the body’s immune system attacks and kills its own red blood cells.
Interesting Fact: The poodle breed is found officially in toy, miniature, and standard sizes, with many coat colours.
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