5 Fun Facts About Poodles

By PetMD Editorial on Jul. 1, 2009

Woof Wednesday

When you think Poodle, you’re probably thinking a dog with a really unfortunate haircut … or at least a really silly one. And you’re right, sometimes poodles are given really silly haircuts. But what else do you know about the Poodle?

If you're like the average person, pretty much nothing. Let's change that, shall we. Here are five brilliantly fun facts about the Poodle.

#5 Smarty Pants

The Poodle, for all it’s fashionista traits and trends, is actually hiding the brain of a geek. Dog geek, that is. In fact, the Poodle is one of the smartest dog breeds. They’re also loving, nice to strangers (as long as you keep an eye on them) and have a great sense of humor. All in all, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better game show contestant.

#4 'Hyperallogenic'

The Poodle may be a high class pooch, but it's also great for people who suffer from dog allergies. Even better, they shed very little of their fur. Also, for those with sensitive noses, Poodles tend to be odorless. Cancel the Febreze order!

#3 National Hero

Though the Poodle is famous throughout Europe, the French have loved the dog since the 1500s and have even made it their national dog! So it may be a good idea to refer to its highness as Le Poodle or Le Woof. However, if you get strange looks, don't blame us ...

#2 Something 'Fierce'

It may be "fierce," but this is no supermodel dog. The Poodle doesn’t sit around and announce it will not get out of bed for less than $10,000 per day. No. Along with being smart, pretty, and bestowed with wonderful fluffy hair, the Poodle is athletic. That's right, it can earn its keep with its excellent hunting and water-retrieving skills.

#1 The Great Halls of the Dogdom

The Poodle is not a newcomer to the halls of doggy fame. No way. In fact, it has been famous all the way back to, well, recorded history. The Poodle, being a noble and etch-worthy (the precursor to news-worthy) dog, was featured on both ancient Greek and Roman coins. Who knows? The warring feuds between those two mighty nations might've been over the poodle.

Well, there you have it, five fun facts about the poodle.

Woof! It’s Wednesday.

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