History and Origins - How the Poodle got its name
The history and origins of the Poodle continues with how the dog got his name! It is thought that the name 'Poodle' derives from the German word 'Pudle' which translates to 'one who plays in water'. Being a water retriever, this would make sense. Throughout history the Poodle has taken on different roles such as a retriever of waterfowl and truffles, a gun dog, a circus and show dog. This is a versatile and popular breed of dog. Although it may not always appear the case, the Poodle is actually very intelligent. The popularity of this breed grew and it is now one of the most popular breed of dog. There are three varieties of Poodle which are the Toy, Miniature and Standard. The Toy and Miniature breeds were later developed by down breeding from the Standard Poodle. This breed is also known by the following names - Caniche, Barbone, Chien CAnne, Grosse Pudel and French Poodle. The American Kennel Club formally recognized the Poodle in 1887.