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Exercise: Poodles live happily in flats or small apartments as they don't demand a great deal of exercise. They still need some exercise outside of home such as walks to park. These dogs generally excel in obedience classes.
History: Poodles are believed to have originated from old Spanish water dogs. They got their name from German word 'pudeln' which means to splash in water. This breed were excellent retrievers of injured water birds and ducks. A smaller variety was produced later which became forerunner of Miniature version we know today. Hunters shaved off most of hair on hindquarters to help these dogs perform better in water. They left hair on chest and front parts of body for warmth and sections of hair on leg joints for protection against injury. The custom of tying a bright ribbon on topknot, was for identification of their dogs when at work retrieving. These customs have been maintained over years for Poodles being shown today.
Poodles are regarded as one of most difficult breed-standard patterns to achieve (if not most difficult). This breed is commonly recommended for people who are allergic to dog hair or dust as Poodle does not shed any hair. The Poodle is known for it's intelligence and can be taught a variety of skills from water-retrieving to circus tricks. They appear to enjoy performing with praise and laughter that it brings. Different clips for Poodles include: lamb clip, lion clip, puppy clip and continental clip. The puppy clip is always popular for those owners who aren't showing their dogs.
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