Saturday, January 31, 2009
Best in breed: #9 Poodle
The poodle, though often considered high maintenance due to its coat, is actually one of the high achievers of the canine world. The breed is exceptionally smart, hardy and excels in obedience training. The breed originated in Germany as a water retriever, and thus requires daily exercise.
The stylish “poodle clip” seen in dog shows 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, which are susceptible to cold. Most pet poodles sport a simpler cut, although frequent grooming is required regardless of the trim type. His coat – coming in a variety of solid colors, including white, black, apricot and gray – is also hypoallergenic, which may reduce allergic reactions.