Originally, poodles were hunting dogs, specialized in water hunting. The name comes from Old German puddling and means splashing in the water.
It is said that the poodle served as a sheepdog, but this is not proven. In the course of further breeding, the poodle lost his hunting skills tremendously, but the joy of retrieving has remained. The poodle today is appreciated as a particularly intelligent family dog.
At the beginning of the poodle breed, at the end of the 19th century, there were only large and small poodles, in the classic colors black, white and harlequin. For a while it was disputed whether Germany, France or Russia was the country of origin of this breed of dog. As part of the FCI recognition in the 30s France was then set.
Another size was added to the breed standard, the miniature poodle, which was followed by the Toy in the 1990s; Thus, there were now four size variants.
In the 1960s, "silver" and in the 1970s "apricot" was included in the official standard as colors. The recognition of the new color "Red" by France and the FCI took place in April 2007. Poodles are found in almost all color variations that exist in the dog world. In the 1980s, two-colored poodles were allowed in Germany, but only in white with black plates (Harlequin) and (black-tan).
In the meantime, black-tan and harlequin poodles are also nationally recognized in Austria and the Czech Republic. In Germany more than 2000 puppies are registered annually in the VDH studbooks. More than half are miniature poodles, the most popular colors are black, white and harlequin.