Where Are Poodles From?
The Poodle originated in Germany, where they were used for duck retrieval.
This pampered breed was depicted in paintings by Goya, admired by Queen Anne of England, and favored by Louis XVI of France. The smaller varieties of the breed were used in England, Spain, and Germany as truffle hunters, since their small paws wouldn’t damage this delicacy while digging. Possible ancestors of the Poodle include the Maltese and the Spaniel.
It is believed that the Poodle was brought to France by German troops. The French were enchanted by the breed’s striking appearance and dignity, and their intelligence and trainability made them ideal performers in circuses across Europe.
They have been pampered in France for hundreds of years and, since many of their modern day traits were developed by the French, they have been officially recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale as the breed’s nation of origin.
The Poodle has been acknowledged by the American Kennel Club since the late 1800s.