Interesting Poodle Facts

"A poodle is not yet a man, but it is no longer a dog." Everyone who gets a poodle is very soon convinced of the validity of this English saying. The Poodle is the second smartest breed by Dr. Stanley Koren, after the Border Collie. They are able to adapt to almost any climate.

It is believed that poodles were bred in France, but some call their homeland Germany, as the word "poodle" is of German origin. The word "poodle" comes from the German phrase "pudel-nass" (soaked to the skin). Thus, this breed has not only French but also German roots. It should be noted, however, that in France this breed of dog is called caniche from cane - duck, which indicates the origin of the poodle from hunting, French water dogs.

Poodles have a lifespan of 12 to 18 years.

Interestingly, poodles served in the French army during Napoleon's time. By a special order of Bonaparte, who takes care of the army's officer cadres, the poodle was approved as an integral part of the officer's equipment. The officers took small dogs into battle, putting them in their satchels. This was done in order to attract the attention of the regimental doctors who were looking for the wounded on the battlefield by releasing the dog from the knapsack in case of injury. The poodle began to squeal and bark, jumping near the wounded owner, and it was simply impossible to pass by.

Interestingly, they can even be red.

The poodle of the famous Renaissance jeweler Benvenuto Cellini was called Barukko. Cellini was an excellent shooter and taught his poodle to make a stance over the game so that one bullet would kill two birds. In addition, the poodle guarded his workshop from thieves, and once even passed as a "witness" in a workshop robbery case. He, recognizing the thief, rushed at him until he, without even having time to give an official testimony, confessed everything out of fear and returned the stolen goods.

It is no coincidence that Mephistopheles appeared to Faust in the form of a Poodle. The intelligence of the poodle, an unsurpassed circus performer, in the Middle Ages even received a mystical explanation, attracting the unkind attention of the Inquisition. And in the student environment, the intelligence of poodles was a symbol of the ability for science, and in every circle of Western European students until the 17th century, there was certainly a favorite poodle.

Composer Richard Wagner took his poodle to the rehearsal of the orchestra. If there was disharmony in the sound of the instruments, the dog began to bark loudly. He reacted in the same way if the owner, conducting, raised his hands in horror when he heard a false note.

In Medieval Italy, 14th - 16th centuries. By papal decree, duels between nobles were forbidden and were prosecuted. The person who sent the challenge suffered the most, i.e. instigator. Such a person was subject to a large monetary fine, and in some cases, exile. To avoid this, the nobles resorted to the following ingenious method. They specially trained dogs for this purpose, mainly poodles, which, approaching the house in which the enemy lived, always in front of witnesses, relieved big and small needs at a corner. Poodles were called "dueling dogs" or "tailed challenge". After committing such actions, the call was considered made. Officially, there was nothing to find fault with, and the servants of the law, who themselves were not alien to the solution of questions of honor through a duel, turned a blind eye to this. Thus, the neediness of the Italian dogs replaced the slap in the face as the cause of the call in all European countries.

At a pet cemetery in France, the grave of a black poodle buried in 2003 was destroyed. The incident took place in the suburb of Paris, Asnieres-sur-Seine, Agence France-Presse. The target of the intruders was the diamond collar with which the animal was buried.

During the Italian war, which ended with the battles of Solferino and Villafranca, the third Zouave regiment boarded ships in Algeria to sail to Genoa. The order was given not to take dogs with them. The Zouaves were very upset as they loved their dogs very much (mainly poodles) and almost everyone had them. But a way out was found. The dogs were hidden in the drums and thus they were taken to the ship without being noticed by the authorities.

"Tell me what kind of dog you have, and I will tell you who you are", - assures the French zoologist Dode. He believes that most owners of POODLES are prone to stinginess, SHEPHERD - lacking a sense of humor, TAX - generous, DOGOV - courageous. the best people. It is interesting that when a certain owner of a shepherd dog filed a lawsuit against DODA, he told the judges: "Here, you see for yourself ...."