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01/14/2014

Jolee, a standard poodle.

Jolee is a standard poodle.

This week’s Klip Joint dog of the week is Jolee, a 4-year-old Standard Poodle. Jolee is a country dog, so she comes to see us periodically for a bath, shave and trim. She likes the short “pet clip” for easier maintenance. Jolee is not only beautiful, but very smart. She walked right up the steps to the grooming table without us having to tell her what to do.

Poodles may look dainty and demur, but in truth, these are high-stamina dogs with quite a range of skills, including agility, obedience, hunting and herding. Poodles have lived in Europe for centuries, but no one knows for sure where they originated. Some claim Germany as their birthplace, but the consensus seems to be France, where they are considered a national breed. Descended from the now-obsolete French Water Dog, the Poodle (most likely named from the German word Pudel, or “plays in water”) was used to retrieve waterfowl for hunters. They were prized for their intelligence and good manners, eventually being used in circuses and dog shows and, of course, as companions. The Standard Poodle is believed to be the oldest of the three Poodle versions.

Jolee, the standard poodle - closeup of face

Jolee has a beautiful face.

Poodles are generally active and agile. They are happiest with daily walks and lots of outdoor play. They love being around people and are able to form bonds with each member of the family, as opposed to bonding with just one person. Poodles are ideal family dogs, being both patient and playful with children. They also make superb watchdogs, barking zealously when strangers approach the home.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. 01/14/2014 3:00 pm

    I met a woman while hiking this year. Her poodle had hiked over 1,500 miles on the AT with her, and appeared as if she was just out for a daily jaunt. I was amazed at her stamina. Completely changed my perception of this breed.

  2. 01/14/2014 4:55 pm

    Thanks for the word on poodles! They are so unlike their tiny namesakes, and such smart dogs.

  3. 01/30/2014 10:28 am

    Very weel written and what a cute dog…

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