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Poodles have been in existence for many centuries and historical reference to them has been found in Germany, England, Italy and France.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:


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.dogsqueensland.org.au/
    (Details correct as of 14/12/2017)
  • 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)