The poodle, though often equated to the beauty with no brains, is exceptionally smart and active and excels in obedience training.
The poodle originated in Germany as a water retriever, and is the only breed that comes in three size varieties: standard, miniature, and toy.
The stylish "poodle clip" was designed by hunters to help the dogs move through the water more efficiently.
The patches of hair left on the body are meant to protect vital organs and joints that are susceptible to cold.
Poodles' hypoallergenic coats may reduce allergic reactions, but require regular professional grooming. The Poodle Club of America
The smallest of the poodle varieties is the toy, shown here.
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