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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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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.


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 had been away at college and my sister in high school when my parents bought Little Guy for less than one fourth of the going rate for a purebred toy poodle. He'd been drastically discounted for an eye defect: a too-tight opening between his left upper and lower eyelids.
Mark Stoyle has written a meticulously researched book that traces the history of Boy from his first appearance in the pamphlet literature of the Civil War, through his death at the battle of Marston Moor, to his modern resurrection in historical scholarship and in such improbable venues as the film Cromwell and Simon Schama's book based on his television series, where Boy is ludicrously portrayed as a toy poodle tucked under Rupert's arm.
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The top breeds most likely to develop periodontal disease include the Toy Poodle, Yorkshire Terrier, Maltese, Pomeranian, and Shetland Sheepdog.
The most commonly affected breeds are: Beagle, Lhasa apso, Maltese, Shih tzu (PARKER & PARK, 1974b), Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (RUSBRIDGE & KNOWLER, 2006; COUTURIER et al., 2008; CERDA-GONZALEZ, 2009), Chihuahua (PARKER & PARK, 1974b; WATSON et al., 1989), Pomeranian (WATSON et al., 1989), Pekingese (SIMOENS et al., 1994), Toy Poodle (KELLY, 1975) and Yorkshire terrier (PARKER & PARK, 1974b; BAGLEY et al., 1996).
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There is one statement that I have to disagree with and that is your reference to toy poodles. I am a toy poodle and proud of it.
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