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The poodle, also known as the “Caniche” in some parts of the world, is an incredible dog known for its intelligence and elegance. It’s truly a box of surprises. Below, we’ll share with you the 7 most astonishing poodle facts.

  • Poodles: The Circus Stars The poodle has often been used as a circus animal due to its elegance, intelligence, and a wide range of sizes.
  • The Four Poodle Sizes The poodle comes in four distinct sizes:
    • The Toy Poodle, originating from Great Britain.
    • The Miniature Poodle, currently the most cherished variety.
    • The Medium-Sized Poodle, where you can find the most perfect specimens.
    • The Giant Poodle, known for its dynamism among the four.
  • Poodle Haircuts: Take Your Pick There are several typical poodle haircuts to choose from:
    • The Continental Cut.
    • The American Continental Cut.
    • The Scandinavian Cut.
    • The Puppy Clip.
  • Hypoallergenic Poodles Poodles are considered hypoallergenic dogs because they don’t shed their fur and hardly drop any hair, thus preventing the spread of allergens that cause allergies in the environment.
  • Poodle’s Intelligence The poodle ranks second in the list of the most intelligent dog breeds, as per the canine psychologist Stanley Coren.
  • Origin of the Term “Poodle” The term “poodle” is derived from the French word “canichon,” which was historically used to refer to young ducks in French and the dogs that hunted them. The term evolved from “cane” to “poodle.”
  • Poodles in Art There are artistic representations of the poodle in works by painters such as Albrecht Dürer and Francisco de Goya. Goya, in particular, painted a fresco featuring the Duchess of Alba with a miniature poodle at her feet. Poodles were highly valued by European aristocracy.

Were you aware of these poodle curiosities? For more information on this breed, visit our complete Toy Poodle profile.