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Country of Origin, History of Teacup Poodles
Poodles originated in Germany or France where they were water retrievers. The name “Poodle” comes from the German word “Pudel” which means “one who plays in water.” Hunters designed clips (the way their fur is cut) to help them move through brush and through the water more efficiently. They left patches of fur to protect vital organs and joints which were susceptible to cold.
The French used the Poodle’s high intelligence, trainability, and showmanship to turn him into a circus dog. The very small (toy) Poodles were especially desirable as performers. Toy Poodles became favorites of royalty in the 17th and 18th centuries.
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Description of the Dog
The Teacup Poodle appears to be a square dog because his height is about the same as his length. His head is elongated with a topknot. His ears are long, flat, and wide with long, soft hair. A liveliness lights up his black or brown eyes.
He has long, straight legs and a docked tail which usually has a pompom of fur at the end. It is normal to dock the tail to half or less of its original and to remove dewclaws. His feet are small, oval and somewhat webbed with arched toes. He appears to be an elegant dog who carries himself in a dignified manner.
Coat Color: All Poodles come in a variety of solid colors: black, blue, silver, gray, cream, apricot, red, white, brown, chocolate, and café-au-lait. Poodles should never have two or more colors.
The long coat of the Poodle is double with the outer coat being wiry curls and the undercoat being thick and woolly. If unhindered, the outer coat forms thin cylindrical mats known as cords. The Poodle does not shed, so must be groomed at least every 4-6 weeks. A brushing once or twice a week and a couple of baths between grooming appointments will keep a Poodle looking and feeling good – unless he is in an English Saddle or Continental clip which take more work.
Under 9 inches
Less than 6 pounds
The Spanish Water Dog is an extremely intelligent, fearless, ever-active, strong, attentive, happy and well balanced versatile working dog with strong herding, hunting and guardian instincts. It is a devoted companion. It is reserved, not shy, with strangers. They can be protective and territorial.
Are they suited to families with kids?
Most of them are good with children and other animals if properly socialized.
How active is the breed?
Several playtimes a day will take care of the Teacup Poodle’s need for play. They are very active and playful. They very much enjoy one or two daily walks, an outdoor playtime, and may delight in playing in water.
If meant to be a working dog, the coat should be sheared, never combed or brushed, but bathed only when necessary using a mild shampoo without heavy conditioners. If the coat becomes excessively matted, the cords can be separated by pulling the mats apart with the fingers down to the skin.
For show dogs, the coat should be sheared down at least once a year (or more). Once or twice a week one should look behind the ears, and the area where he sits and separate any cords that might bind together. Its nails should be clipped and eyes cleaned as often as necessary. Consistent minimal work is needed to help develop the proper cording.
The Spanish Water Dog does not shed its coat. If there are concerns about allergies, it is recommended that one spend time with the Spanish Water Dog to see if they are indeed allergic.
While the SWD seems to be a very healthy breed there are some issues that the SWD have, just like all other breeds. There are cases of Hip Dysplasia in the breed, so choose your breeder carefully.
All breeding dogs should have their hips tested, either by OFA or PennHIP. There have been a few cases of PRA reported in Europe so it is advised that all breeders should test their breeding stock for PRA and other such genetic eye diseases with a yearly CERF exam. A responsible breeder will be able to produce the results in writing.
Like other Water Dogs and related breeds, they grow hair in their ear canals and can be prone to ear infections. The ears must be kept dry and clean. . Because these dogs are (as a general rule) so active and energetic as puppies, they may seriously injure themselves from too much running and jumping when their skeletal structure is still developing.
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