If you have ever wondered about the origins of the Poodle, the first thing you should know is that it’s an English Shorthair. Because they are a combination of an English and a Standard, you might be surprised to learn that the dog has a long history.
According to Poodle breeders, many different breeds have been mixed with the Poodle. The most famous of those Poodle breeders is the writer Anne Bancroft, who in 1911 wrote her story “The Poodle” about a family that found itself with a very strange dog. She describes a dog with a small head, a lanky frame, a thick coat, and a distinctive personality.
Her book is a great article of historical data, but the subject of this article is the origin of the Poodle dog breed. Why was the original Poodle dog breed bred into the black and tan in the first place?
One Poodle breeder does suggest that the original Poodle was an English Shorthair that was brought over to Europe in the late 1700s. He goes on to say that he has seen several crosses between American and English Poodles, with mixed results. After all, a good number of the breeds that are currently known as Poodles are actually not purebred.
The Poodle breed was probably first introduced to England through Eugene Celt, a Scottish Nationalist who brought the breed over to America. The Dutch called the “Eyes” were introduced to Europe from Africa in the early 1800s.
Celt thought that American dogs were better behaved and less likely to be destructive, so he chose to breed them from these breeds. The Dutch had beautiful coats, but they didn’t adapt well to life in a city, so they were considered unsuitable for breeding. English Poodles became the dominant breed, and their coats are now considered to be among the best in the world.
In France, the English named Eugenius Schonbrodt raised the Poodle. He believed that a dog could make a lot of difference in the quality of its owner. This is why he concentrated on changing the Poodle’s coat to one that could live comfortably in the city.
Like the Dutch, American English Poodles also became dominant in their breed. However, their coats were light and smooth, and they had more intelligence than the English breeds that had been introduced to Europe. In addition, Poodles were often kept as working dogs and were bred to have very good stamina.
Some Poodle breeders believe that the original Poodle came from these breeds and that it was not the result of crossbreeding between English and American Poodles. Other Poodle breeders say that it was a mixture of the two and that the original Poodle is a cross between the Red and White and the American English breeds.
The English Poodle is indeed a dog that had come a long way from the time when it was first introduced to the West. There are some Poodle breeders who even have Poodles who were born in Germany. A German Poodle that is crossed with an American English Poodle would look very much like an American English Poodle, but it would be a German Poodle, which is a cross between Poodles and Germans.
These German Poodles have their own dialect, and they tend to behave more like a miniature Poodle than an American English Poodle. It’s hard to tell what the true origins of the Poodle are because every breed comes from somewhere.
Still, the Poodle is known as one of the best working dogs in the world. They are good companions for many, and it is unfortunate that the Poodle has become a misunderstood breed. Hopefully, in the future, the origins of the Poodle will be properly understood and appreciated.
|Life expectancy:||12 – 15 years|
|Height: Toy Poodle:||24 – 28 cm, Miniature Poodle: 28 – 35 cm, Standard Poodle: 45 – 60 cm, Medium Poodle: 35 – 45 cm|
|Colors:||Black, White, Cream, Sable, Black & White, Blue, Grey, Silver, Brown, Red|
|Temperament:||Intelligent, Active, Alert, Faithful, Trainable, Instinctual|