The fact that Poodles have been featured in royal artwork since the 1500s is probably part of the reason many think they’re a French breed. But they’re actually not.
Instead, these smart and placid dogs are shrouded in mystery when it comes to their origin. Some experts say they originated in Central Europe or Russia, while others cite Spain or Portugal.
What is not disputed, however, was their modern traits were developed in France.
Although they’re thought of as ornamental lap dogs, they are technically gun dogs with an excellent reputation for bird hunting and water retrieval. Their name has its roots in an old German word meaning ‘to splash about’ – a reference to their fondness for water. There’s no question our feelings for these amazing dogs run pretty deep.