Posted by: bosco | April 11, 2008


let me relate a conversation that always crack me up. (there are variations, but it goes along almost the same way)

#1: i have a dog now.
friend: really, what breed?
#1: a poodle.
friend: oh.. *pause*.. french?
(this is the time you can see #1 concentrating very hard trying not to sound TOO sarcastic)
#1: is there a difference?
friend: yes, of course!
#1: nope! not french. he’s malaysian.


i should own a t-shirt that reads: “If you think I’m funny, you probably haven’t met my human!

so i thought in order to avoid future embarrassing answers from my humans, we will do poodle 101 today.

please note sources:,,

Brief history/Origin
There are several theories of the Poodle’s origins and, while it is regarded as the National Dog of France, the breed’s actual roots may have come from Germany where he is known as the Pudel or Canis Familiaris Aquatius. The breed is also known as the “French Poodle” and the “Caniche.” The Standard Poodle’s original popularity was largely due to his fame as a Water Retriever. Ancient Egyptian and Roman artefacts depict the Poodle’s ancestors assisting their masters as game nets are brought in, retrieving various game from marshes, and herding animals.

For centuries, the poodle’s intelligence and personality made it a favorite with gypsies and other travelling performers who trained it to perform all manner of tricks and skits to delight of paying spectators. Accounts of famous royal command performances along with stories of amazing street shows are littered throughout the historical record. Variety shows featuring poodles dressed in all manner of costumes and displaying amazing feats of intelligence, balance and agility became all the rage in the 19th century.

One of the most misunderstood aspects of poodles is why they are clipped in such an array of seemingly bizarre styles. The fact is that the distinctively shaved areas and tufts of hair – the unique poodle “look” — are a direct result of the poodle’s working and sporting heritage.

In order to protect the poodle’s vital organs and joints from the biting cold of constant water retrieval, certain areas were shaved for added mobility and to lessen the chance of snagging while other key areas were left densely covered for warmth. The ribbon commonly found tied into a poodle’s topknot, is believed to have originally been a means of finding and identifying the dog when it was working in water.

Standard Poodle: above 15 inch. (at highest point at the shoulder)
Miniature Poodle: 15 inch. or below (at highest point at the shoulder)
Toy Poodle: 10 inch or below (at highest point at the shoulder)
Teacup Poodle: 7 inch or below (at highest point at the shoulder)

enough info for the first lesson. any questions? if you dont have any, i’ll give you one. which of the poodles is more french you think?

(pictures from





  1. Hi, Bosco!
    thanks for sharing all that very interesting info about poodles!
    I was wondering why they get those funny haircuts! Now, I know!
    french? I don’t know but sure you are cuter than all the others!
    Kisses and hugs

  2. LoL…maybe i shld do mongrel 101..

    when i answer to ppl that pacco is a mongrel..

    they said wat’s that,…

  3. Bosco is a Malaysian so therefore, he’s a Bumiputra! BOL!!!

    Love licks,
    Solid Gold Dancer

  4. Hehehe that’s funny! Those are some interesting facts about poodles. Have a great weekend, Bosco!

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