The Poodle is widely considered to be the smartest of all members of the dog breed. There is a general belief that he is a fop whose time is primarily spent on personal beautification, and that he requires a great deal of individual attention in relation to his toilet. It may be true that in keeping him in show order and perfect cleanliness his owner must show him more consideration than is necessary in many breeds; but in other respects he gives very little trouble, and all who are devoted to him agree that there is no dog so interesting and appealing as a companion. Indeed, such are his mental qualities and sharp mind that there is something almost human about his appeal and devotion. His ability to learn is never denied, and many stories are told of his wonderful talent and versatility.
He has distinguished himself not only as a show dog. He’s little more than a mountain climber of the shacks, trained to walk the narrow rope and stand on his head. He is a master at performing tricks, but it is his alertness of the brain that sets him apart from other animals.
This dog’s lush and long coat has the particularity that if not constantly brushed, it will twist into small cords that will increase in length as the new hair grows and attaches to it. The unshed old hair and new hair growth intertwined thus becoming distinct rope-like cords. Unless these cords are cut short or accidentally snapped, they will eventually drag across the ground, thus preventing the poor animal from moving with any degree of comfort or freedom.
Corded Poodles are very showy and attract a lot of public attention when displayed at shows due to the remarkable appearance of the coat. but they have lost popularity with most enthusiasts and have become few because of the apparent impossibility of making them pets or keeping them indoors. The reason for this is that the coat needs to be oiled from time to time to keep the lines supple and prevent them from snapping and of course as their coat cannot be brushed which is the only way to keep the dog clean is to wash him, which is a long and tedious process for a laced poodle. In addition, the coat takes hours to dry, and if the freshly washed dog is not kept in a warm room, he catches a cold very easily. The result is that cord poodles’ coats are almost always dirty and somewhat smelly.
Poodle’s general appearance
Long, straight and fine, the skull not wide, with a slight peak at the back.
Long (but not pointed) and strong, not full-cheeked; teeth white, strong and level; Gums black, lips black and without lippinity.
Almond shaped, very dark, full of fire and intelligence.
Black and sharp.
The leather long and wide, set low, hanging close to the face.
Well proportioned and strong enough to carry the head high and with dignity.
Fairly small and of good shape, toes well arched, pads thick and hard.
Forelegs set straight from shoulder, with plenty of bone and muscle.
Very muscular and well flexed with well laid hocks.
Set on fairly high, carried well, never curled or carried over the back.
Very lush and of good hard texture; when laced, hanging in tight, even cords; if not curled, very thick and strong, of even length, the curls tight and thick, without knots or cords.