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A poodle in politics is an insult used to describe a politician that obediently or passively follows the lead of others.
Usage of the term is thought to relate to the obedient nature of the dog.
Even the tiniest poodle is lionhearted, ready to do anything to defend home, master, and mistress. – Louis Sabin
The Poodle was originally a water dog from Germany where he worked in the swamps as a retriever of fallen birds for hunters.
Although his exact origins are shrouded in mystery, the poodle has historically been a water dog, a circus performer, and the pampered pet of royal households in France.
The first Poodles were the Standards but their intelligence and cheery disposition led to breeding down to Miniature and Toy sizes for companion dogs for the ladies of the Court.
Photos displayed courtesy of Annie Adams-Fox, Adoreannies, Ontario
The Toy Poodle is the smallest of the three poodles at just 10 inches high at the shoulder. His coat is dense and harsh and comes in a variety of solid colours including: white, silver, blue, grey, brown, apricot, red, cream, and black.
The poodle’s unusual clip seen in the show ring today, and here at right, is a highly stylized version of a functional coat trim that hearkens back to the breed’s original purpose as a water retriever. To help and protect the animal, the coat was trimmed down to reduce the weight of the dog when he was swimming and retrieving waterfowl. Patches of heavier coat were left to protect the joints and vital organs from the cold water.
Whether or not your poodle has this cut or is left in a more natural state, his coat needs regular brushing and professional grooming to keep it in shape and tangle-free.
A godsend for people with allergies, this breed does not shed and has no body odor.
Toy Poodles are bright, amusing, good-natured, and clever. As such they make excellent pets.
Their small size make them ideal companions for seniors, less active people, and those with limited space available for a pet.
Because of their size, Toy Poodles are not suitable for very young children but make good pets for children over 10 years old.
The Toy Poodle is protective of his home and makes a good watchdog.