You've probably learned that your poodle is smart, athletic, and easy to train. But what else do you know about this versatile and fascinating breed? Take our Poodle Pop Quiz and test your knowledge.
- For what job was your Standard Poodle originally bred?
- What's the reason for those unique Poodle haircuts?
- In which country did the Standard Poodle first originate?
- How many sizes do Poodles come in?
- What's the derivation of the name Poodle?
- How many Poodle coat colors can you name?
- Poodles shed most in which season?
- In what year did the first Standard Poodle win Westminster's Best In Show?
- What famous snow-bound sporting event did Poodles compete in?
- In the film, Rugrats in Paris, what was the name of Spike's Poodle girlfriend?
- Good swimmers with webbed feet, Standard Poodles were originally water retrievers.
- The distinctive pom-pom cut helped protect the Poodle's ankles, joints, and vital organs in cold European waters, while also reducing drag.
- Although the Poodle is France's national dog, experts, including the AKC, believe the breed originated in Germany.
- There are three recognized Poodle sizes: Standard (over 15 inches at the shoulders), Miniature (15 inches and under), and Toy (10 inches and under).
- Poodle is a derivation of the German word "Pudel," which is short for Pudelhund, which translates as "splashing dog."
- Apricot, black, brown, café-au-lait, blue, gray, white, champagne-cream, and silver.
- Trick question—the Poodle coat is more like curly hair than fur and does not shed.
- In 1935, a Standard Poodle named Nunsoe Duc de la Terrace of Blakeen took Best in Show.
- From 1988-1991, John Suter used Standard Poodles to run Alaska's famous Iditarod dog race.
How's your Poodle I.Q.:
0-2 Correct — Back to canine finishing school
3-5 Correct — You're not a dog whisperer yet
5-7 Correct — Call yourself a proud Poodle owner
7-9 Correct — A breeder couldn't do better
10 Correct — You are Poodle Perfect in every way!