The Breed of Poodle Popularity
Poodles are a very popular breed of dog. Poodles became the most popular breed in America holding the number 1 position from 1960 to 1982 according to the American Kennel Club. This is a 22-year reign being the number 1 dog breed, the longest reign of any breed. Since then, Poodles have been one of America’s 10 most popular breeds. In 2010, the Labrador Retriever was the number one most popular dog breed in America.
In other countries, poodles are also in the top 10 most popular dogs.
One reason is the choice of size. The poodle ranges in size from less than 5 inches to over 20 inches tall at the withers. From a very small toy, called a teacup poodle, to a real poodle that is a large dog over 20 inches tall, there is a poodle size to suit everyone’s taste.
And poodles are smart.
They rank second in dog breed intelligence, just behind the Border Collie and before the German Shepherd. This intelligence makes Poodles an easy dog to train. The poodle also wants to be trained, as he enjoys learning new tricks and being active. Poodles are a favorite for circus acts and can be seen performing tricks all over the world.
It is very important for a poodle to please you and you must train him in what you like in behavior and commands.
Do not shed: one of the main reasons for the popularity of the poodle
A poodle’s coat is hair, not hair.
Having hair means that the poodle does not lose hair. Not shedding, not shedding hair throughout the house is one of the main reasons that poodles have become a very popular pet.
The coat has a natural cycle of growth and shedding. The coat is constantly shedding as each follicle is at a different growth point.
Hair does not fall out. The hair just grows and grows and must be cut to the proper length. The poodle’s coat needs maintenance, otherwise his hair will become very tangled.
Hypoallergenic – Another Big Reason for Poodle Popularity
Having hair also means that people with allergies generally don’t have a reaction to a poodle. Poodles are hypoallergenic and this is another major reason why they have become such a popular pet.
The main allergens in dogs are dander and saliva. Dandruff consists of dead skin cells that are shed when the outer layer of the skin is renewed, a normal and ongoing process. As the pet licks itself, the saliva settles and dries up. As the fur sheds dandruff and saliva goes with the fur.
Cats cause allergic reactions even more than dogs. As cats often lick themselves clean, more saliva remains on their fur, which is shed copiously. Cat dander and saliva are lighter than dog dander and linger in the air, floating to places the cat hasn’t even been.
A dog that does not shed is easier for allergy sufferers to tolerate as there is less dander and saliva throughout the home.
Poodles do not have naturally shed hair, they have hair like fur. The poodle is one of the easiest dogs to have for allergy sufferers. Your hair just grows and grows like human hair. Poodles have dander and saliva, and people with a high sensitivity can still have an allergic reaction. A person who is very sensitive to allergies will have an allergic reaction to a cat within 15 minutes of being in the same room as a cat. It is not advisable for very sensitive people to have a dog or a cat.
For people with seasonal allergies and allergies to pollen, dander and saliva from an animal make the allergic reaction worse. The allergic reaction includes sneezing, itchy eyes, nasal congestion, and a general feeling of unhappiness.
As an allergy sufferer, I have been able to live with poodles without having an allergic reaction for years. I sleep with my poodles and my eyes don’t sting, sore throat, or congestion. The poodle is an excellent choice for allergy sufferers, as they have very little chance of causing a reaction.
Brain and Beauty
Poodles are brains and beauty. They are not some fancy ladybug dog that is so delicate that all they can do is sit back and look pretty. The poodle is a genetically active athletic dog predisposed to being a poultry water retriever and living well into his teens. In addition, the poodle is a pleasant companion willing to participate in any activity with you, it is entertaining, it surprises you with its intelligence, it does not move, it is hypoallergenic and in general a great pet.
Poodles are the best in my opinion.