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History of the Poodle

The origin of the Poodle can be traced back to the ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians. In the first century A.D. ancestral Poodles were depicted on coins, on carvings in tombs, and also on artefacts herding animals and retrieving game from

marshlands. Although these ancestors looked somewhat different to the Poodles of today, they were nonetheless the obvious precursors to the modern Poodle, which makes them one of the oldest dog breeds known.

d o g , b e l i e v e d t o b e a p r e c u r s o r t o t h e m o Caesia 1 denarius - Lucius Caesius, c.112-111 BC AR denarius. The Reverse depicts two Lares and a flanking d e r n P o o d l e . _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

It wasn’t until the 15th century however, that further development of the Poodle can be traced. Poodles were depicted in artwork of this era, and in

Germany,

the

pudel

(meaning to ‘splash in water’) had become well known as a water retriever. By the 16th century large Poodles, similar to today’s Standard Poodles, were well established throughout Europe, and were very popular as hunting and retrieving dogs for waterfowl. In paintings, these dogs were seen with their coats clipped in a decorative fashion, just as they are today when in competition. However, it was not for decoration that these working water dogs had their coats clipped in such a way, but rather to help them cope with their job of retrieving in cold water and thick vegetation. The coat was left long over the joints and around the upper body to keep

vital areas warm, and was shaved elsewhere to reduce snagging in

Image Top –‘ Belle Story Rockingham Victory

vegetation and to reduce drag when the coat got wet and heavy. Today’s

Photo – Chip Laughton Days Afield Photography, LLC

practice of putting a ribbon on the

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