Thursday, December 6, 2012

Talk About Toy Poodles

The toy poodle is one remarkably intelligent breed. Considered to be highly responsive and extremely active, they are one of the easiest to train. With their sweet, cheerful, and endearing qualities, these furbabies are expected to want the company of people. Delightful, amusing, and very keen are the other positive characteristics that they possess. Though poodles may look dainty and demure, the truth is that they have a stellar range of skills which includes agility, obedience, hunting, and herding. Almost an all around dog in every aspect!

The breed actually originated in Germany as a water retriever. Its name came from the German word pudel which means to splash in water. The stylish poodle clip which is the common haircut done with poodles was designed by hunters to help the dogs move through the water more efficiently while the patches of hair left were meant to protect vital organs and joints susceptible to cold.

The American Kennel Club varies the breed by its height and not by its weight. The maximum height of toy poodles is 10 inches at the highest point of the shoulders. Toy poodles have a small but graceful frame with a rounded skull, a medium-length head and muzzle, dark and wide oval shaped eyes, and close-hanging ears. Their coats are also unusual as the vary with some having curly and wiry while others have soft and wavy ones. They can also come in a solid color or a parti color as they call those with mixed colored fur. But don't be fooled by them, they are actually hypoallergenic!

Our little angels Zach and Zoey are apricot and black toy poodles respectively. They are both alert, responsive, and love to play. They are our stress relievers as they like to cuddle and kiss us every time we arrive home. Zach and Zoey are not puppies for us, they are little babies in curly coats.

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