Dog Breeds Gallery

We've brought together dog breeds from all over the world including Australia so you can learn more about their history, habits, personalities, and unique abilities. The more you know about dogs, the more you love them. Browse the dog breeds list below to read more about your dream dog.

Poodle

Poodle
Poodle
Poodle
Poodles have been in existence for many centuries and historical reference to them has been found in Germany, England, Italy and France. In pictorial evidence the dogs nearly always appear in the traditional lion clip, which leaves the hindquarters bare except for leg bands and a pom-pom on the tail, while the forequarters are heavily coated except for the face and legs. This appears to indicate that these dogs were used for sporting and retrieving purposes. As the coat is quite heavy when wet, they were clipped in areas to alleviate weight. The tail was docked as a long tail would be caught in the undergrowth. The ribbon on the topknot was to indicate that the dog was working and also to signify it was not a bird or other animal.

The word Poodle itself is said to derive from the German word "pudel", meaning to splash in water. Although three varieties of Poodles are recognised, they differ in size only and are closely related. The largest, the Standard Poodle, is the oldest variety and was used as a water retriever. The smaller Poodles have become more and more popular. The Miniature Poodle is the medium-sized variety and may be closer to the original Poodle in height than the present Standard size. It was originally called the Toy Poodle, but the name was changed when the smallest form was recognised.

AVERAGE LIFESPAN

Poodles can live up to 16 years of age.

BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS AND TEMPERAMENT

Whatever their size, Poodles are renowned for their intelligence. They are lively dogs with friendly dispositions and make excellent guard dogs.

COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS

Excellent.

CARE REQUIREMENTS

Poodles, similar to many other breeds, have a double coat that has the quality and appearance of lamb's wool. Poodles shed hair similar to other breeds, but this hair is caught and trapped by the undercoat and packs down. Poodles must be groomed regularly or the coat becomes a knotted unsightly mess. The coat of a Poodle, although requiring more grooming than most other breeds, is particularly advantageous for people with allergies. Best of all, carpets, furniture and clothes will remain hairless and odour free.

A balanced diet, regular exercise and routine are needed. Every dog must be house-trained, obedient and easy to manage. Love is the most important requirement of all. In return, you will be rewarded with love, loyalty and protection from your Poodle, regardless of its size.

IDEAL OWNERS

Almost anyone. The Toy Poodle makes an ideal companion for someone who lives in a small or confined space.

IN CONCLUSION

If you have decided that the Poodle is the dog for you and you realise that this dog needs to be groomed regularly to keep its coat free from knots, contact one of the groups listed below:


Recommended Breeders

Breeder Name Kennel State
Denise Wyatt Wyderon QLD Contact
Margaret Barton Myflair QLD Contact
Helen Bright Toyopet QLD Contact
Jacqui Ainsworth Artizan WA Contact
Sandra Darling Bienaime QLD Contact
Andrew and Jacquie McLeay Kirada SA Contact
Mark and Dayna Johnston Blueprint NSW Contact
Leeann Boyd Sweetooth NSW Contact
Heather Spargo Trifarli NSW Contact
Lila Benson maxila QLD Contact
Judith McRobie ADITHE QLD Contact
Michelle O'Donnell TDROP NSW Contact
Margie Nottle-Justice Remkyn SA Contact
Anthony Hosford Savarin NSW Contact
Pat Kentwell Mistykent NSW Contact
Jodi Foulds All Style QLD Contact
Janet McLean pecante WA Contact
Jenny McRobbie Adithe QLD Contact
Debra Randell Silkyelk QLD Contact
Tracy Thomas-Clendon Magicalia SA Contact
Garry Dryburgh Tezer NSW Contact
Delle Soper Delamont NSW Contact
Lorraine and Malcolm Boyd Picardy NSW Contact
Lorraine Young Jeunesse NSW Contact
Lance Wright Voila QLD Contact
Ros and Col Seare Theldaroy QLD Contact
Deb Sheehan belpais ACT Contact
Kathryn Duncan Kameran ACT Contact
Barbra McFadden Valleyfox VIC Contact
Nicolette Gallegos Nicnak QLD Contact
Geraldine Russell Bouffant Standard Poodles WA Contact
Sally Edwards Daisylea QLD Contact
Tracey Lee Amalie VIC Contact
Tracey Hales Loyalpride QLD Contact


*** We have vetted and approved these independent breeders as meeting, at the time, our criteria for the reliable breeding, feeding, care and sale of suitable quality puppies of this breed. This does not mean that other breeders do not meet these criteria or are not otherwise suitable suppliers. Nor can our vetting and approval guarantee the quality of a breeder or puppy or that you will be happy with them. We disclaim any liability for the quality, acts or omissions of these breeders or their and our approval of breeders is not a substitute for you making all appropriate enquiries and checks (including veterinary checks) before choosing a specific breeder or puppy.


Canine Clubs

  • Australian Capital Territory:
    Dogs ACT
    (ACT Canine Association Inc)
    PO Box 815
    Dickson, ACT 2602
    Tel: 02 6241 4404
    Fax: 02 6241 1129
    Website: www.dogsact.org.au
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • New South Wales:
    Dogs NSW
    (Royal New South Wales Canine Council Ltd)
    PO Box 632
    St Marys, NSW 1790
    Tel: 02 9834 3022
    Fax: 02 9834 3872
    Website: www.dogsnsw.org.au
    (Details current as of 10/10/2013)
  • Northern Terrority:
    Dogs NT
    (North Australian Canine Association Inc)
    PO Box 37521
    Winnellie, NT 0821
    Tel: 08 8984 3570
    Fax: 08 8984 3409
    Website: www.dogsnt.com.au/
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • Queensland:
    Dogs Queensland
    (Canine Control Council (Queensland))
    PO Box 495
    Fortitude Valley, Qld 4006
    Tel: 07 3252 2661
    Fax: 07 3252 3864
    Website: www.cccq.org.au
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • South Australia:
    Dogs SA
    (South Australian Canine Association Inc)
    PO Box 844
    Prospect East, SA 5082
    Tel: 08 8349 4797
    Fax: 08 8262 5751
    Website: www.dogssa.com.au
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • Tasmania:
    Dogs Tasmania
    (Tasmanian Canine Association Inc)
    The Rothman Building
    PO Box 116
    Glenorchy, Tas 7010
    Tel: 03 6272 9443
    Fax: 03 6273 0844
    Website: www.tasdogs.com/
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • Victoria:
    Dogs Victoria
    (Victorian Canine Association)
    Locked Bag K9
    Cranbourne, Vic 3977
    Tel: 03 9788 2500
    Fax: 03 9788 2599
    Website: www.dogsvictoria.org.au/
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • Western Australia:
    Dogs West
    (Canine Association of Western Australia Inc)
    Cnr Warton & Ranford Rds,
    Southern River, WA, 6110
    Tel: 08 9455 1188
    Fax: 08 9455 1190
    Website: www.dogswest.com
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)