There are many books written on the history of the poodle. Having reviewed several, the general synopsis follows:
Poodles are thought to have originated in Germany, though you will hear some debate on this by a few Frenchmen. It is believed that they were originally used as water retrievers; a far cry from the pampered life assigned by some to this breed. The seemingly odd cut on the poodle coat originated out of necessity but grew to catch the gentile eye of French nobility and since has become the national dog of France. The original poodle cut came about in an effort to protect the poodle's vital organs and joints from the bitter cold of repeated water retrieval. Some key areas were shaven for added mobility while other areas were purposefully left unshaven, covered by the breed's dense, curly hair for warmth.
Below are several sites covering various aspects of the poodle's history. Though some accounts differ slightly, the general consensus is that the poodle is of German origin and bred originally for water retrieval. It is highly recommended, for those of you with little breed familiarity and lots of curiosity to take the time to to check out some of these sites.
The following site is packed full of information concerning the teacup sized poodle:
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
There are three sizes of poodles recognized by the American Kennel Club: the Standard, the Miniature and the Toy. To view the AKC requirements for each, click on the following link.http://www.akc.org/breeds/recbreeds/poodle.cfm . Regardless of size, each should have the same conformation, traits and temperament of the Standard Poodle, from whence they came.
Now, let's move on to the area of the Toy Poodle, since that is why this website was established. As referred to in the AKC standard, The Toy Poodle is 10 inches or under at the highest point of the shoulders. Any Poodle which is more than 10 inches at the highest point of the shoulders shall be disqualified from competition as a Toy Poodle.To insure the desirable squarely built appearance, the length of body measured from the breastbone to the point of the rump, should approximate the height from the highest point of the shoulders to the ground.
Dealing only with the TOY size poodle described above, breeders have attempted to further break down the size of the toy into smaller categories. It is important to remember that these are not merely "runts" of the litter, but instead, that breeders have worked over decades to produce truely smaller lines of poodles.It bears repeating, that regardless of the size, ALL poodles; Standard, Miniature, and Toy share the same temperament and conformation required by the AKC standard. Although not recognized by AKC as anything but a toy poodles, the following breakdown is generally recognized by most toy breeders as acceptable guidelines to size:
TEACUP POODLE...At maturity, 8 inches and under at the shoulder, and 4 pounds or less in weight. The 2 to 3 pound teacups are considered by some as Tiny Teacup. Micro teacup is a name some breeders give to pups that are closer to 2 lbs than to 3 lbs and are a rare find. Most of my pups that have grown to be in the 2 to 2 1/2 lb range have been female. (Female poodles this tiny have no business being used for breeding, as complications on whelping day are a near certainty.) My teacup males have tended to be in the 3 to 3 1/2 lb range. Beware of breeders who classify teacup with references to weight only. It is my belief that anyone looking for a "teacup" poodle is seeking a very small dog and not merely a dog that is lightweight. It is easy to have a very fined boned dog that is under 4 lbs, but is clearly tiny toy or toy by height. Your pup should be 6" or under at 13 weeks of age to help ensure that it will remain under 8" at maturity.
TINY TOY POODLE...At maturity, between 8 and 9 inches at the shoulder, and between just over 4 and up to 6 pounds in weight. Still a very petite dog, tiny toys are a bit larger and may be a much better choice for a family with children. A female of this size can almost always be safely bred as long as selection of the stud dog is done with discrimination. A tiny toy female (that comes from heavy teacup lines), bred to a teacup male (who also carries teacup lines), can make a great combination for a teacup litter.
TOY POODLE....At maturity, up to 10 inches at the shoulder, and from just over 6 lbs to no more than 10 pounds. Again, not an overly large dog, the toy size poodle is still ideal for apartment living. The larger size helps to alleviate some of the concerns of having a very, very, tiny poodle underfoot.
These are some of the pros of owning a Poodle:
The poodle is highly intelligent.
The poodle does not need an excessive amount of exercise.
Due to the tight, curly coat poodles do not shed.
The poodle is non-hypoalergenic.
They are very entertaining and will play even when alone.
Here are a few of the cons of owning a Poodle:
Be ready to groom your poodle's coat every six to eight weeks.
Be ready to shampoo your Poodle regularly.
Be ready to trim your PoodleÂ’s nails every two to three weeks.
You will have to check your Poodle's ears regularly for mites.
These include cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy, allergies, skin problems, hip dysplasia and Von Willebrand's disease.
For more information on Poodles, contact your American Kennel Association.
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