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A Brief History of the poodle There are several theories of the Poodle's origins and, while it is regarded as the National Dog of France, the breed's actual roots may have come from Germany where he is known as the Pudel or Canis Familiaris Aquatius. The breed is also known as the "French Poodle" and the "Caniche." The Standard Poodle's original popularity was largely due to his fame as a Water Retriever. Ancient Egyptian and Roman artefacts depict the Poodle's ancestors assisting their masters as game nets are brought in, retrieving various game from marshes, and herding animals. The Poodle is said to be related to the Portuguese Water Dog and the Irish Water Spaniel. The Standard Poodle is the oldest of the three varieties, however, there is evidence that indicates the smaller types, the Miniature and Toy, were developed shortly after the Standard breed was established as he is recognized today. Poodles were first brought to North America at the end of the 19th century but the breed did not become popular until after the second World War. By the mid 1950's, and for about 20 years thereafter, the Poodle was the most popular breed in the United States. Your First Dog Never buy on impulse and really think through the decision to get a dog. A dog is a lifetime commitment and will rely on its guardian for all of its needs. The average life span of a dog is anywhere from ten to fifteen years or more and a puppy is a living creature you cannot "try on for size". Be prepared to make a commitment to the care and well being of your dog from puppyhood to old age. To help make the decision on whether you should introduce a dog to your life, consider the following points: Learn more>
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