History of the Poodle
owners will attest the fact that Poodles have a very
human way of thinking that is unique to this breed. They have an innate
intelligence. The ability of Poodles to learn is considered
Poodles are faster than any other breed at discovering that spoken
something and they are thought to understand more spoken words. Many
owners believe that Poodles actually come close to understanding
whole sentences rather that just single words.
all probability, the
breed originated in Germany
or possibly in Russia.
It is known as "Puddeln"
or "Pudel" in German, meaning a puddle dog or one that likes
splashing water. In France,
it is known as the "Caniche" or Duck Dog. All of the Poodle's
ancestors were good swimmers. One of the Poodle's ancestors is thought
the North African Barbet which was imported to the Iberian
From there it arrived in Gaul where it was used
hunting abilities in the water. The Poodle is often called the "French
Poodle" because of its popularity in that country where it is the
dog. Toy Poodles were very popular in England
as a sleeve dog. All of the different sizes of the Poodle are
considered to be
one breed. This is an elegant looking breed with a sense of humor.
loyal, gentle, obedient, and good with children.
the Standard Poodle is 15 inches (38cm) or more in height and weighs 45
to 65 pounds.
It is the oldest of the three varieties and was traditionally used as a
retriever. It is closely related to the Portuguese Water Dog and the
height range is between 10 and 15 inches (28 cm to
38cm) in the United States.
He weighs 10 to 18 pounds and he is shown in the "Non Sporting"
group. The Miniature Poodle is probably the best known and the most
the three sizes. He is full of fun, easy to train, and a great circus
performer. Because of his keen sense of smell, he was used to search
truffles during winter months. This breed really enjoys obedience work.
Toy Poodle in the United
is 10 inches (25.5 cm) maximum in height and weighs about 6 pounds. He
in the "Toy" group. There is also a "teacup" or
"pocket" Toy. This is not an official size designation but a
marketing ploy used to sell very small Toy Poodles. These undersized
often plagued with health problems.
standards have four
sizes of poodles. The European Toy Poodle has a
maximum height at the withers or 28 cm (11 inches). The European Dwarf
is not a true dwarf. It has a size range between 28 cm and 35 cm (11 to
inches). Miniatures in Europe range from 35 cm
to 45 cm
(13.75 to 18.75 inches). European Standards have a minimum height of 45
(18.75 inches) and some have a maximum of 60 cm (23.5 inches).
is shown in the United
in the "Non Sporting" group with two primarily acceptable
show clips, the "Continental" and the "English Saddle"
being used. They were developed to improve swimming ability, lighten
of the dog's coat, and protect joints and vital organs from the cold.
European nations leave their poodles in similar cuts but with the fur
the entire leg for warmth in snow.
have had many references in art and literature. Bas-reliefs dating from
century found along the shores of the Mediterranean portray the Poodle
much as it is today. Drawings by the German artist Durer
establish the breed in the 15th and 16th centuries. In the 18th
century, it was the principle pet dog in Spain as shown by the artist
Goya. A favorite subject of artists, the Poodle probably appears
in more works of art than any other dog.
Yankee Poodle (real
name Rova Barkitt) is a fictional character in the DC Comics
an anthropomorphic poodle. Yankee
Poodle is a superhero
who lived on the otherdimensional world of Earth-C (now Earth-26), an
populated by sentient
first appearance was in The New Teen Titans #16 (February 1982).
Rova's name is a play on the
name of gossip columnist Rona
Barrett, while "Yankee Poodle" is a takeoff on the song "Yankee
While interviewing movie actor
in his Follywood home, Rova was struck
by a meteor fragment (which was launched toward Earth by the villain
Starro the Conqueror);
the result gave her the superpowers of "animal magnetism", as she
described them. Joining with Byrd (who was also transformed by a
meteor fragment), the two teamed up with other superpowered animals
the meteor; together, the group defeated Starro (with the aid of
decided to form the superhero team called the Zoo Crew.
Rova tended to reflect the
values of her Follywood roots, and thus had a
great fondness of things such as the group's public image, or her own
and out of costume). She also occasionally got into spats with the
other female member, Alley-Kat-Abra.
In Teen Titans #30-31
(December 2005-January 2006), Yankee Poodle and
the rest of the Zoo Crew were featured in a short multi-part story
to be a Zoo Crew comic published in the mainstream DC Universe.
This story followed the adventures of the Zoo Crew teammates in a
darker version of Earth-C, parodying the recent trend toward "grim and
gritty" superhero comics. In this story, Yankee Poodle is shown having
exposed the secret identities of several of the Zoo Crew members, and
working as a solo heroine.
Poodle possessed powers of "animal
magnetism", consisting of the ability to (as described in Captain
Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew #7) shoot semi-solidified
blue-colored "stars" with her right hand to repel objects, and
generate red-and-white "stripes" with her left hand in order to
attract objects. By using both hands at once, Yankee Poodle could
highly destructive "magno-blasts." She could also use her powers to
travel, by forming a ramp of stripes while propelling herself along it
shooting stars behind her.