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The Poodle dogs are known for their intelligence, loyalty and liveliness, and are very athletic and playful. The original purpose of developing this dog breed was to hunt birds, however now they are also used by French customs to search for contraband. Poodle dogs make perfect pets for those who can give enough time on regular basis to groom their curly coats.
Although the region of its origin is unknown, however it is believed that it was firstly developed in Germany or Russia for hunting birds. Many people think that the Poodle breed is pure French, however its name “Poodle” is a German word, which means “splash about”. There are possibilities that the breed may also have come from the Iberian Peninsula. The Poodle breed is associated to the Portuguese Water Dog and Irish Water Spaniel. In Spain and France, the Poodle is known as “Caniche”. Its other names are Barbone, and Pudelhund.
Some of the physical characteristics of a Poodle dog are as follows:
- Size – Standard-sized Poodle is 15 inches or taller. Miniature-sized Poodle ranges from 10 to 15 inches. Toy-sized Poodle is 10 inches or shorter.
- Coat – Curly or corded.
- Color – Gray, blue, silver, cream, apricot, brown, café-au-lait.
- Eyes – Its eyes are very dark and oval-shaped.
- Ears – The ears of a Poodle dog are hanging close to the head, set at eye level or slightly lower, long wide and feathery.
- Muzzle – Long and straight.
- Tail – Its tail is straight, high-set, and carried upward.
The Poodle dog breed is very agile, athletic, and playful. They are very loyal with their families, and at times, to the point of possessiveness. The coat of these dogs needs high maintenance, and the corners of their eyes should also be wiped clean at least occasionally in order to prevent buildup of secretions. It is always better to know the dog well before bringing them home as a pet.
Yorkshire Terriers or Yorkies are not only attractively small size but also very adventurous and exploratory. Some of them are cuddly and spry, while others are playful, sociable, and into everything. Therefore, it is better to start training them when they are puppies.
The size of a Yorkie can reach 8 to 9 inches at the shoulder and do not weigh over 7 pounds. Its most preferred weigh is 4 to 6 pounds. Do not buy Yorkies that are smaller than the standard as they are more prone to genetic disorders and are generally at a higher health risk.
Generally, Yorkshire Terriers are quite responsive to training, particularly if it brings them attention for performing endearing tricks or performing in agility or obedience tests. Moreover, they love squeaky toys, and also enjoy fetching toys that you throw for them. If crafts making is your passion then you can crochet a ball that is smaller than a tennis ball and larger than a golf ball. Stuff the ball with used panty hose and let your dog to play with it.
Yorkshire Terriers are housedogs and cannot bear extreme heat or cold. A number of people use paper training to keep them indoors when the weather is too hot or cold.
Since Yorkies enjoy taking a walk with their owners or playing outside, therefore keeping them well exercised does not require much effort.
When it comes to Yorkie’s diet, it is recommended to give your dog ½ to ¾ cup of high-quality dry food twice a day. However, it should be remembered that the amount of food required by an adult dog depends on its size, age, body, metabolism, and activity level. Moreover, do not let your dog to get fat as this is not a good look for this charming breed. You can keep it in a good shape by measuring its food and feeding it twice a day instead of leaving food out all the time.
Taking good care of a Yorkshire Terrier is not a difficult task as long as you know how to handle and take care of this cute breed of dogs.