The Poodle {is commonly|is usually|is often} acknowledged to be {the most|probably the most|essentially the most} {wisely|correctly|properly} {intelligent|clever} of all members of the canine race. {There is a|There’s a} {general|common|basic|normal} {belief|perception} {that he is|that he’s} a fop, whose time {is largely|is essentially|is basically} occupied in {personal|private} embellishment, and that he requires {a great deal of|quite a lot of|a substantial amount of|an excessive amount of} {individual|particular person} {attention|consideration} {in the|within the} matter of his toilet. {It may|It might|It could} be true that {to keep|to maintain} him in exhibition order {and perfect|and excellent|and ideal} cleanliness his {owner|proprietor} has {need to|have to|must} {devote|dedicate|commit} {more|extra} consideration to him than {is necessary|is important|is critical} {in the|within the} case of many breeds; {but|however} in {other|different} respects he {gives|provides|offers} {very little|little or no} {trouble|hassle|bother}, and all {who are|who’re} {attached|hooked up|connected} to him are {consistent|constant} {in their|of their} opinion that {there is no|there isn’t a|there isn’t any|there is no such thing as a} {dog|canine} so intensely {interesting|fascinating|attention-grabbing} and responsive as a companion. His qualities of {mind|thoughts} and his acute powers of reasoning are {indeed|certainly} so {great|nice} that {there is something|there’s something} {almost|virtually|nearly} human in his attractiveness and his devotion. His aptitude in {learning|studying} {is never|isn’t|is rarely} denied, {and many|and lots of|and plenty of} are the {stories|tales} {told|informed|advised|instructed} of his marvellous {talent|expertise} and versatility.

Not merely as a showman’s {dog|canine} has he distinguished himself. {He is|He’s} {something|one thing} {more than|greater than} a mountebank of the {booths|cubicles}, {trained|educated|skilled} to {walk|stroll} the tight rope and stand on his head. {He is|He’s} an adept at performing {tricks|tips|methods}, {but|however} {it is|it’s} his alertness of {brain|mind} that {places|locations} him {apart from|aside from|other than} {other|different} animals.

The profuse and {long|lengthy} coat of this {dog|canine} has the peculiarity that if not {kept|stored|saved} {constantly|continuously|continually|always|consistently} brushed out it twists up into little cords which {increase|improve|enhance} in {length|size} as {the new|the brand new} hair grows and clings about it. The unshed {old|previous|outdated} hair and {the new|the brand new} {growth|progress|development} entwined {together|collectively} thus {become|turn out to be|turn into|develop into|grow to be|change into} distinct rope-like cords. {Eventually|Ultimately|Finally}, if these cords {are not|aren’t|usually are not|will not be|aren’t|are usually not|should not} {cut|reduce|minimize|lower} {short|brief|quick}, or {accidentally|by chance|by accident|unintentionally} torn off, they drag {along|alongside} {the ground|the bottom}, and so {prevent|forestall|stop} the poor animal from {moving|shifting|transferring} with any {degree|diploma} of {comfort|consolation} or freedom.

Corded Poodles are very showy, and from the {remarkable|exceptional|outstanding} {appearance|look} of the coat, {attract|appeal to|entice} {a great deal of|quite a lot of|a substantial amount of|an excessive amount of} public {attention|consideration} when exhibited at {shows|exhibits|reveals}; {but|however} {they have|they’ve} {lost|misplaced} {popularity|reputation|recognition} {among|amongst} most fanciers, and have {become|turn out to be|turn into|develop into|grow to be|change into} few in {number|quantity} owing to {the obvious|the apparent|the plain} {fact that|incontrovertible fact that|proven fact that|undeniable fact that|indisputable fact that} {it is|it’s} {impossible|inconceivable|unimaginable|unattainable|not possible} to make pets of them or {keep|maintain|hold|preserve} them {in the|within the} house. {The reason|The rationale|The explanation} of {this is|that is} that the coat {must|should}, {from time to time|once in a while|every so often|every now and then|now and again|occasionally|sometimes|on occasion|infrequently}, be oiled {in order to|so as to|to be able to|with a view to|in an effort to|with a purpose to|as a way to|with the intention to} {keep|maintain|hold|preserve} the cords supple {and prevent|and stop|and forestall} them from snapping, and, {of course|in fact|after all}, as their coats {cannot be|can’t be} brushed, {the only|the one} {way|method|means|approach|manner} of {keeping|maintaining|preserving|retaining|holding|protecting|conserving} the {dog|canine} {clean|clear} is {to wash|to scrub|to clean} him, which with a corded Poodle is a {lengthy|prolonged} and laborious process. {Further|Additional}, the coat takes hours to dry, and {unless|until|except} the newly washed {dog|canine} be {kept|stored|saved} in a {warm|heat} room {he is|he’s} very liable to catch cold. The {result is|result’s}, that the coats of corded Poodles are {almost|virtually|nearly} invariably {dirty|soiled}, and {somewhat|considerably} smelly.

Poodle’s {General|Common|Basic|Normal} {appearance|look}

Head: {Long|Lengthy}, straight, and {fine|nice|fantastic|effective|superb|advantageous|positive|high-quality|high quality|wonderful|tremendous}, the {skull|cranium} not broad, with a slight peak {at the|on the} back.

Muzzle: {Long|Lengthy} ({but|however} not snipy) {and strong|and powerful|and robust} not full in cheek; {teeth|tooth|enamel} white, {strong|robust|sturdy}, and {level|degree|stage}; gums black, lips black {and not|and never} {showing|displaying|exhibiting} lippiness.

Eyes: Almond {shaped|formed}, very {dark|darkish}, full {of fire|of fireside|of fireplace} and intelligence.

{Nose|Nostril}: Black and sharp.

Ears: The {leather|leather-based} {long|lengthy} and {wide|broad|extensive|large|vast|huge}, low set on, hanging {close to|near} the face.

Neck: {Well|Properly|Nicely|Effectively} proportioned {and strong|and powerful|and robust}, {to admit|to confess} of {the head|the top|the pinnacle} being carried {high|excessive} and with dignity.

{Feet|Ft|Toes}: {Rather|Quite|Somewhat|Slightly|Fairly|Relatively|Moderately|Reasonably} small, and {of good|of excellent|of fine} {shape|form}, the toes {well|properly|nicely|effectively} arched, pads thick and hard.

Legs: Fore-legs set straight from shoulder, with {plenty of|loads of} bone and muscle.

Hind-legs: Very muscular and {well|properly|nicely|effectively} bent, with the hocks {well|properly|nicely|effectively} let down.

Tail: Set on {rather|quite|somewhat|slightly|fairly|relatively|moderately|reasonably} {high|excessive}, {well|properly|nicely|effectively} carried, {never|by no means} curled or carried over back.

Coat: Very profuse, and {of good|of excellent|of fine} {hard|exhausting|onerous|arduous|laborious} texture; if corded, hanging in tight, even cords; if non-corded, very thick {and strong|and powerful|and robust}, of even {length|size}, the curls {close|shut} and thick, {without|with out} knots or cords.