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Personable and intelligent, the poodle is a perennial favorite the world over. In addition to a hypoallergenic coat that comes in a variety of solid colors, they also come in three sizes: Toy, Miniature, and Standard. The breed originated in Germany where they were originally employed as hunting retrievers.  The Standard Poodle is the oldest of the three varieties and all have utilitarian histories despite their status today as urbane companions. Although adaptable to a wide array of living situations, they are an active breed that requires regular exercise and lots of social interaction. They do very well in canine sporting events such as obedience and agility. There profuse, curly coat will need regular professional grooming to keep your Poodle looking and feeling their best.

Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements and by assuring that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.

Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed, join the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission.

The national parent breed club is the first place for the public to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.

Poodle Club of America  
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Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Mammalia
Order - Carnivora
Family - Canidae
Genus - Canis
Species - Canis Lupus
Subspecies - Canis Lupus Familiaris
Breed - Poodle


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