Poodles are one of the oldest breeds of dog known to man. Back in 30 AD poodle like dogs were found on Roman and Greek coins and on carvings found in Roman tombs. Warriors took poodles into battle with them where they would help take down and kill the enemy, while Hunters used the quick and fearless poodle to kill bears and retrieve fallen ducks. The toy poodle was used as hand warmers within the large sleeves of the nobility around the time of the Renaissance. This intelligent, versatile dog excels in what ever it is asked to do, from pulling carts and sled, to circus performer and truffle finder.

The poodle breed originated in Germany. Pudeln is the German word for 'to splash in water', and was later developed in France where it became the national dog.

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Bathe your poodle when necessary and trim at least every two months.

Every day: Brush the coat to remove debris and prevent matting. Check between the toes for grass seeds and check the body for ticks and fleas

Once a week: Check inside the ears. An infection smells, so go ahead and give it a little sniff.

Pluck the hair a little at a time from inside the ear canal, making sure the tweezers don't go to deep. Wipe clean with a baby wipe and baby oil. Check for ear mites

Check teeth for tartar build up.Teeth may be cleaned with a soft tooth brush and dog tooth paste.

Provide tartar control chew toys and raw brisket bones.If necessary, your vet can clean your dogs teeth.

Check eyes and clip nails when necessary.

Looking after a poodle is just as easy as looking after any other dog, when you consider there is no hair to remove from your clothes, car and carpet and there is no dog smell to contend with.



  1. Feed high quality balanced premium commercial puppy food. I recommend “Cobber Puppy Complete” dry biscuits and canned “Pedigree Puppy” You can combine the two or feed one or the other.

  2. Puppies should have three small meals a day until three months of age, then two meals a day until six to twelve months or until the pup has finished growing.

  3. To add variety, some natural food may be offered such as minced steak, soft bones, such as raw lamb ribs, raw lamb flaps and raw chicken wings.

  4. Never feed cooked bones as these may splinter and cause internal damage or become an internal obstruction

  5. Never feed small bones that puppy could could get jammed in his mouth or swallow whole.

  6. Avoid large marrow bones, T-bones and chop bones as these may crack puppy's teeth.

  7. Too many bones in the pups diet may cause constipation.

  8. Fresh, cool water must be provided at all times. Milk is not a necessary component of the diet and does not take the place of water.

  9. Don't over feed or under feed your pup. As every pup is different, if in doubt, consult your vet.

  10. Remove food after thirty minutes so it doesn't spoil.

  11. Any changes in diet need to be made gradually over 3 – 4 days to avoid digestive upsets.


  • Onions, garlic and chives

  • Chocolate, coffee, tea or other caffeine drinks alcohol, marijuana, tobacco, hops, human vitamins and medication.

  • Persimmons, peaches, plums, cherries, potato, rhubarb,tomatoes, mushrooms, avocado, apple seeds, grapes, raisins, sultanas and currants, corn on the cob, citrus oil extracts

  • Raw fish, fish bones, raw eggs, yeast, too much liver, fat trimmings, cooked salmon and trout,bacon and ham.

  • Sugar, salt, lollies, chewing gum,baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg and other spices, Xylitol (artificial sweetener )

  • Milk and dairy products unless lactose free

  • Macadamia nuts, walnuts, and grains

  • Cat food, baby food, mouldy and spoilt food.