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poodle,

popular breed of dog probably originating in Germany but generally associated with France, where it has been raised for centuries. There are three varieties, differing in size only. The standard poodle, classified in the nonsporting-dog group (see nonsporting dognonsporting dog,
classification used by breeders and kennel clubs to designate dogs that may formerly have been bred to hunt or work but that are now raised chiefly as house pets and companions.
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), stands over 15 in. (38.1 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs from 40 to 55 lb (18.1–24.9 kg). The miniature, also listed in the nonsporting-dog group, stands from 10 to 15 in. (25.4–38.1 cm) high at the withers and weighs from 14 to 16 lb (6.4–7.3 kg). The toy poodle, which is classified as a toy dogtoy dog,
classification used by breeders and kennel clubs to designate very small breeds of dogs kept as pets. Some are selectively bred diminutive forms of larger breeds and others are naturally small.
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, stands up to 10 in. (25.4 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs about 6 lb (2.7 kg). The profuse coat is dense and hard-textured and may be any solid color. If left untended, the coat will grow out in matted, ropelike cords. The poodle is clipped in a variety of styles (e.g., the puppy trim, the continental clip, and the English-saddle clip), a practice now carried out largely for show or aesthetic purposes but originally for utilitarian value. The poodle was widely used in France as a waterfowl retriever, but its heavy coat required clipping so as not to hinder the dog's progress through water. The poodle has also been raised as a circus and vaudeville performer and as a hunter of truffles. Today it is usually kept as a companion and pet. See dogdog,
carnivorous, domesticated wolf (Canis lupus familiaris) of the family Canidae, to which the jackal and fox also belong. The family Canidae is sometimes referred to as the dog family, and its characteristics, e.g.
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Poodle

 

a breed of nonsporting dogs. Poodles are sometimes used as guard dogs or circus dogs. Their origin has not been precisely established, but they are thought to be descended from European sheepdogs and hunting dogs. Prior to the breeding of pointing dogs, poodles were used for hunting swamp game. There are standard (45–70 cm in height), miniature (35–45 cm), and toy (less than 35 cm) varieties. Poodles have a long, soft coat that forms locks (cords); some have a shorter curly coat. The coat may be black, white, brown, or silver; it is usually clipped in a traditional fashion on certain parts of the body. Poodles are popular throughout the world.

poodle

a breed of dog, with varieties of different sizes, having curly hair, which is often clipped from ribs to tail for showing: originally bred to hunt waterfowl
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I didn't say a word, but with extreme courtesy, I may say with most refined courtesy, I reached my finger and thumb over towards the poodle, took it up delicately by the nape of the neck, and chucked it out of the window, after the cigar.
All the Bielokonskis went into mourning for the poodle.
The cigar was snatched away exactly as you describe, and the poodle was chucked out of the window after it.
He looked at the poodle, erect and haughty, on his left.
He sprang over the poodle and vigorously attacked a collie, and the collie woke up, and immediately commenced a fierce and noisy contest with the poodle.
The Poodle, to show that he understood, wagged his silk-covered tail two or three times and set off at a quick pace.
It was drawn by one hundred pairs of white mice, and the Poodle sat on the coachman's seat and snapped his whip gayly in the air, as if he were a real coachman in a hurry to get to his destination.
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We ran amateur field trials and our paths crossed with another handler and her two standard poodles with pink bows in their hair.
Wendy has 12 pet poodles ranging from the standard size down to toy - and she makes for an arresting sight when she takes them all out on a walk together.
London, Apr 5 ( ANI ): A surreal exercise video featuring Japanese model Mariko Takahashi and a team of poodles has gone viral online, 10 years after it was made.