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Fact 1 So let’s jump straight into our first fact. Did you know that the poodle is recognised as one of the worlds most intelligent dog breeds. They have the ability to learn a wide range of tricks like jumping through hoops and walking on two paws. They are so observant of there human companions and it is said that they often behave like them. Poodles are easy to train and because of there high intellect and there is no limit to what they can learn. However because they are so smart they require lots of mental stimulation or they can get bored really easily. To help encourage there brain try doing these things on a regular basis, train them with comprehension. The average dog breed can learn and recognise 160 words and commands during its lifetime, the poodle can learn up to 400. So learning new phrases will do wonders for the relationship between you and your canine companion. You could also try problem solving puzzles or tests where you can hide kibble or treats in compartments and your puppy has to work out how to get them out using there paws and mouth. There are many toys and games like this easily available to buy.  Fact 2 The poodle comes in a range of different sizes. The original or standard poodle stands over 2 foot tall and because of its athletic ability was at first built as a hunting breed. Over time hunting became less common and the poodle was more desired for its intelligence. Breeders found that having two smaller sizes with the intellect and personality of the original poodle made them more desirable for dog owners. The American and UK kennel club recognises three different types, the standard, the miniature and toy. The standard range from 22-27 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh in between 45-70 pounds. The miniature is significantly smaller standing between 11-15 inches tall and weighing between 15-17 pounds. The toy is even smaller still standing at around 10 inches tall and weighing only 6-9 pounds.  Fact 3  If the poodle breed is new to you, you may not be aware that originally they were bred as hunting dogs and perform as well as traditional hunting breeds when compared side by side. Despite widely being thought of as the national dog of France it is said that the name poodle comes from the German word pudelhund. Pudelhund translates as splash dog. Poodles are fantastic swimmers and are used for hunting a range of water fowl including geese and ducks. Poodles also have an incredible sense of smell and have been used as mushroom hunters and in particular truffle mushrooms. They also have a soft bite and can hunt and return mushrooms without damaging them. Fact 4 The poodle has hair, not fur. While most other breeds will shed there fur depending on the season the poodles hair will continue to grow. Poodle owners should be aware that because this you will need to groom your poodle regularly to keep it under control. Daily brushing of the coat and regular baths are required to keep there skin clean and to prevent the hair becoming matted. Poodles are known to be a self aware breed and often will be seen looking at themselves in the mirror after been freshly groomed.  Fact 5 One of the most appreciated facts about the poodle is the fact that their hair is hypoallergenic. This makes them an ideal family companion. The poodle sheds a minimal amount of hair which can usually be taken care of with regular grooming. Although naturally hypoallergenic they need to be bathed and groomed regularly as there skin can carry allergens and dandruff like anyone their dog if it is not keep clean. Because the standard poodle is hypoallergenic and because of its incredible intellect they are often used as guide dogs for the visually impaired persons who also suffer with allergies, making the standard poodle a fantastic all round dog for working, showing or a family pet.

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