Intelligent, athletic, and playful dogs. Eager to learn and respond well to reward-based training using treats or favorite toys. Miniature Poodles seem to enjoy dog sports such as agility, retrieving, musical canine freestyle, rally and competitive obedience. Some tend to bark and can be reserved around strangers and may require careful socialization to prevent or reduce defensive aggressive tendencies.
The Poodle is a breed with a long history and unknown origins. Poodles have been featured in royal artwork since the 1500's and although many think of it as a French breed, it is unlikely. Experts believe the Poodle may have originated in Central Europe or Russia, although it is also possible that the breed originated in Spain or Portugal. Another theory claims the Poodle was brought to France by German soldiers during the 1400's. It is not disputed however, that the modern traits of the breed were developed in France. Poodles are believed to be related to the Portuguese Water Dog and the Irish Water Spaniel. Though many regard Poodles as ornamental lap dogs, they are actually gun dogs with an excellent reputation for bird hunting and water retrieval. The name Poodle has its roots in an old German word meaning "to splash about," which is a reference to their fondness for water. Smaller Poodle breeds were developed in the 1700's, much later than the large Standard Poodle. The Poodle was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1887 and has become one of the most popular in America.