Crazy Poodle Myths Busted! | Top 11 Myths

– Hey friends, welcome
back, it’s great to see you. I’m Courtney, and this is Nyx
right here in front of me. And Phaedra’s in front of us. They’re my two standard
poodles, I love them to bits. Come here, lay down. Today I’m myth busting the top
eleven myths about poodles. Obviously I am obsessed with
poodles because I have two, actually I guess technically– no really technically I have three because I have a big poodle tattoo, if you haven’t seen it,
I’ll insert a picture of it up here for you to check out. My third poodle’s name is
Sparkle, Dave named her. So, the first myth about
poodles that I’m busting is number one, poodles are French. So, poodles are actually not French, they were founded, bred,
whatever, in Germany. And it’s funny because people
always think that poodles are French, because they are
the national dog of France. France loves poodles so much, they made them their national dog. I don’t blame them, because I love poodles just as much as France does. But the name poodle
originally comes from German, and I guess the word means pedal, because poodles love to splash in water. And in general, the
general consensus is that most poodles love water. Phaedra is an anomaly
because she hates water. She doesn’t like the dog beach,
she doesn’t like the pool, she doesn’t want to go in water at all. She’s okay with baths and showers, but in general she
freaking hates the water. Nyx on the other hand loves the water, and when we had our pool,
she would often jump in there so one of the reasons when
we moved to this house that I did not want a pool is because I didn’t want to have to deal with her getting in the water every day. Poodle hair is much like people hair, so after it gets in the
water, it gets chlorinated, and then it gets hard,
so you have to wash it to get the chlorine out and
all that, it’s just a mess. Myth number two, poodles are foo-foo dogs. And if you’ve never heard that term, that is a term I’ve
heard a lot of people use to describe poodles, and
what they mean is that they’re dogs for girls
or they’re silly dogs, and not serious dogs,
they’re not working dogs, and that’s just utter bull. While poodles absolutely do
really excel in the show ring, they are amazing working dogs, they are excellent at hunting especially, they’ve been used to hunt
probably more than anything. They’ve also been messenger,
like courier dogs, they’re great family dogs,
they can really do it all. That’s one of the reasons I love them. But I guess they’re especially
well known for hunting because they would
originally go into the water to retrieve different kinds
of birds for their master, and they have a very what
they call soft mouth, which means that they can pick up a bird that needs to be retrieved
without crushing it, and they can bring it back. So that’s apparently very important for dogs that are retrievers. I mean, you look at my two
dogs, you can actually see two different styles of poodle. Phaedra is very long and lean, she’s very exemplary of what
you want to see in a show ring, while Nyx is much more cobby and muscular and dense and coiled, she’s
definitely very athletic, and she has different hunting
instincts than Phaedra because she is like the stalker ninja dog, she will stealth up on you, and attack you before you know it, whereas Phaedra’s more like a paladin, and she’ll just kind
of come at you head on, like I’m gonna get you, and
she’ll probably get you, but she’s still gonna charge you head on, you’ll see her coming. Nyx, you’ll never see her
coming and she’ll get you, she’ll stab you in the back like a rogue. It’s absolutely hilarious to me. Myth number three, people
like to make poodles look like topiaries (laughs). So, I kind of wanted to include this one because people always
make fun of how poodles have their different cuts,
like they have foo-foo cuts or silly cuts or whatever. But the reason that
poodles have those cuts, where those cuts originated
from was actually from a working dog standpoint. So, in Germany, it would
be very cold in the winter, and if their hunter masters or whatever were using them to hunt
birds, they would have to get into very cold water to go retrieve those birds that they were hunting. So, the hunters had to figure
out how to cut their hair, and poodle hair as I mentioned
is much like our hair, it’s not like fur, and it’s
very warm and insulating, so they figured out how to
strategically cut the hair to leave it around the
joints so it would protect the poodles and they could
swim through the water without being held back
so much by all the fur. So, that is where the
show cut originated from, it was because it was
used to protect the dogs in very cold water, and
it just cracks me up. I’ve actually had Phaedra cut
probably every different way that poodles have cuts, like I’ve tried all kinds of crazy cuts on her, and in general because we live in Florida, I just keep her in what
they call a stripper cut, or a summer cut, where
she normally has no hair, or she normally is very short except for the hair on her
head, her ankle bracelets, her tail, and the top of
her head and her ears. So, that’s what I like on them, in the winter, when it’s a little warmer, I can get away with
leaving a jacket on them, but otherwise, it’s just too hot to leave that much fur on them in Florida. We’re above ninety probably six months or more of the year, it’s crazy. Myth number four, and I’ve
actually heard this one probably more than almost anything else, but people seem to think
that the different sizes of poodles are different breeds of dogs, and that’s actually not true in this case. Poodles are all the same breed, the only difference is really their size. There are five sizes of poodles right now, and you’ve probably
heard of three of them, because three are very popular in the US. The three that are popular in the US are standard, which is what I have, miniature, which is the next size down, and then toy, toy is the smallest. Now, they have a subgroup called teacup, which is smaller than toy,
but really that’s just, those are extra small toys
that they raise the price on, and then there’s also a size called Moyen, and Moyen, or I think another
country calls it Klein, is in between miniature and standard. So, my girls that are at standard
are probably 50-55 pounds. I would say Moyen poodles
are probably around 40, and then when you have miniatures, I think miniatures don’t
really get above twenty pounds, and then I believe toys are not above ten, and I think teacup is not above five. But in reality, when
you’re trying to figure out what type of poodle do I have, it’s all about how tall
they are at the shoulders. So, it’s the height
measurement that matters. Everything else about
poodles are the same, with their temperament, the personalities, their bodies, the confirmation, all that, it’s all the same dog. Myth number five, I’ve
heard people say this, and I’m like, really? It’s just crazy, but myth number five is, poodles shed like other dogs. No, no, they don’t. Poodles have hair on their
heads that keeps growing forever so it needs to be taken
care of, just like our hair. And that is one of the reasons
that they’re hypoallergenic. Both Ray and Dave are
allergic to dogs and cats, they’re allergic to that dander, so they have to be
around animals that are, in the house, they have to be around animals that are hypoallergenic. In fact, Dave’s allergies
have gotten so bad that we used to be able to
watch my mother-in-law’s dog, which is a big akita-chow
mix, she’s a beautiful dog, and now she just sets off
his allergies too bad, so it’s terrible, so,
if you have any people in your household that have allergies, poodles are a good choice
because they’re not gonna bother their allergies, if they are allergic to
dander, like Ray and Dave are. Myth number six, poodle crossbreeds
are better than poodles. I will argue with you
till my dying breath, no, this isn’t the case. I understand that people will often say, hybrid vigor is a better
thing, and it’s better to have mixed breeds dogs or whatever. I don’t agree with that. I do absolutely agree
that if you can adopt, adopting is great, so you
can adopt dogs that are mixed breeds or full breeds, there are all different kinds
of dog rescues out there, but in general, I am against
cross-breeding poodles to make goldendoodles or whatever, because people will say,
oh, I want to breed that dog so that it has the more
biddable temperament of this dog, but the fur of the poodle, it’s a crap shoot with
genetics, whether or not you’re actually gonna get that. Most the time, whenever I read about this, people still end up with a dog that sheds or bothers their allergies, and some of the dogs don’t
have as good a temperament. I feel like poodles in general
have a very good temperament, they’re very smart and very easy to train, so it’s like, why would
you want to mess that up? I do know some people don’t
like the fact that they are so smart, because they’re smart enough that they will get into trouble, seriously, they are that smart. Myth number seven, only celebrities or rich people have poodles. This is not true either. Tons and tons and tons
of people have poodles. In fact, I know a lot
of old senior people, seniors who like to
adopt poodles because of their sweet temperament and smaller size when they adopt toys. But there have been tons
and tons of celebrities who have owned poodles, when I was looking to
see which celebrities have owned poodles, I’ve
seen Rihanna, Elvis, Katherine Hepburn, let me
see, who else is on my list. Marilyn Monroe, Barbara
Streisand, Lucille Ball, Mary Tyler Moore, Jackie Kennedy, tons and tons of people have had poodles, celebrities, regular people,
so they’re fantastic dogs, you don’t have to be rich to own one. And honestly, when I’ve looked at prices for different dog breeds versus poodles, poodles are not as expensive
as some of the other breeds that I have seen out there. Myth number eight, poodles are
too smart for their own good. This one, I’m kind of torn on,
because depending on the dog, maybe it’s true, but in general, I don’t think that’s the case. Poodles are supposedly the
second smartest dog breed, the first being a border collie, and I’ve had some of the
trainers that I’ve worked with that have claimed that poodles are smarter than border collies, it just
depends on the individual dog. But because poodles are so smart, in my opinion, it makes
them easier to train. They also generally want to please you, like that’s a big component
of their personality, they’re very people-oriented dogs, and because they want to please you, they’re easier to train,
you can teach them tricks, you can get their attention,
you can get them motivated. So, I don’t think they’re too smart, I think they’re smart enough and that’s part of what makes them a really enjoyable companion for me. Myth number nine, poodles
need other poodles. And you’ll probably
think this one is weird, but in general, poodles love people more than they love other dogs. When I used to have Phaedra and Max, our dearly departed pug,
she would tolerate Max, but she wasn’t particularly fond of Max, so when we took them to the dog park, Max would go around and
play with the other dogs, Phaedra would have to go
around and go check out all the people first, and
then she’d play with the dogs. Now that we have Nyx, she
obviously loves and plays with Nyx, but they both
still prefer my company to each other, so if I’m not around, they’ll cuddle with each other, but when I’m around they cuddle with me, so I think it’s really cute
that they actually prefer people to other dogs. Myth number ten, poodles
can never be sled dogs because they’re not good enough athletes. This is crazy, and apparently one time there was a guy who
actually proved that yes, poodles could be sled dogs. They can not do it in the
arctic tundra very well, they did compete in
some arctic tundra race with a full team of poodles, but because of how the ice in the arctic will freeze in their paws, it just was too difficult
to run a sled team of poodles, you really need
dogs that are more like huskies or malamutes to
deal with that kind of cold. But poodles can pull a sled if they’re in less severe conditions than the arctic. Myth number eleven, poodles
are not a very old dog breed. I found this to be hilarious,
because they are actually one of the oldest dog breeds out there. You can actually see
examples of dogs that look similar to poodles in Egypt,
and in Rome, and in Greece. So poodles have really been
around longer than you think, archeologists have found art of poodles from ancient Egypt and Rome and Greece, so they’ve been around a lot
longer than anybody realizes. All right, so those
are my top eleven myths about poodles busted,
let me know your thoughts in the comments below,
if you like this video, please give it a thumbs up and share. I love it when you share my videos and it really helps me out. Thanks so much and I’ll see you next time. I gotta give Nyx some
attention as you can see. You ready for lovin’? Good girl. Oof!

50 thoughts on “Crazy Poodle Myths Busted! | Top 11 Myths

  • I love Poodles. I had a mini growing up. He was the first family dog we had. He lived a long time.
    This is a great video. I’ve learned so much from you. Thank you

  • It’s so funny to me that Poodles are considered so different from other dogs! They’re still dogs, and do pretty much what other dogs do.

  • Poodles are so wonderful, and great for people with allergies. I had always heard that poodles are very intelligent dogs.

  • I love poodles!!!! I’m a convert bc I didn’t get the appeal at first. I didn’t like the frou frou look of standard poodles and I’d never seen a reg non show poodle with a more manageable and less fussy cut. ;big fan of the puppy cut.) I also thought small dogs were kind of tippy and annoying. No more. First poodle we got from a rescue at 12 weeks. Even though he was my nieces dog I fell in love and he became my baby. My daughter and I lived with my my sisters family for about 6-7 years bc I was suffering from a back injury and a chronic health problem. My kid is severely allergic to all cats and almost all dogs but poodles don’t bother her as long as they get bathed every so often. Leaving him broke my heart. Fortunately he was also super bonded to my sister. When we got him we soon found out he and the rest of his litter had parvo. One of his litter mates died but with round the clock nursing my sister and I got him through it and he thrived. I was the spoiling mom, and my sister was the throw the ball and go on hikes mom. She doesn’t believe in fussing over animals the way I do so he gravitated towards me bc I fed him, gave him treats and would let him on the bed for snuggles. He comes over for play dates several times a month and I’m actually getting him for a week later this month while my sisters family and my daughter go camping. I’m so excited. The second poodle is a small 8 year old poodle X Bichon Frisée mix that was being re-homed. She was a gift for my kids birthday. I freaking love this dog. She’s a diaper dog now and she’s so freaking cute I can’t stand it. She’s super bossy and has decided I’m her mom and I’m the only one who can let her out, feed her or help her get on the bed. I’m such a fan now. They are just so smart, so loyal and just amazing. I still love dogs like Golden’s that love everyone but a poodles love means your special. They like ppl but you have to work for their love. And then they adore you. Ppl used to joke that my nieces dog was obsessed with me. Wherever I went there he was. If I went to the bathroom without him he paw the door and cry. He’s just so sweet. Can’t wait to see him again.

  • My Labradoodle was an amazing dog. That's not even my bias, everyone who ever met her will tell you how great she was. I didn't set out to get one, she picked me. I do think poodles are great dogs and I've recommended them to people. Somehow I have now ended up with a beagle and a tripod Mexi-mutt.

  • i love poodles so so much. this is so educational for me. my baby is a black toy poodle. his name is bébé. the myth no 9 is sooo true cos in our house we have 4 other dogs but he always comes for me when i left him with them.
    i wish i could have more poodles, one isn't enough honestly.
    luv your vids!!

  • I have to say my whole life having dogs I was never a fan of poodles my aunt had a mini and she was nasty but that was due to the owner not the dog so about a year before I had my daughter a friend had show dogs and she had a litter and offered one to me of my choice and the parents were standard poodles I went to look and fell in love with the runt of course lol my girl Xena looked exactly like Nyx and I have to say she was the best smartest loving dog I’ve ever had when my daughter came along they were best friends and sisters and my Xena was such an over protective mama to my daughter it was funny unfortunately we lost her to cancer at such a young age she was only 7 and still acted like a puppy it hit my family very hard and we are now looking for a new pup it’s been about 6 years and we need a small dog non shedding because of my daughters allergies and it will be a therapy dog for her so hoping to rescue a younger dog fitting those requirements I love when you have the dogs with you in all the videos it’s like seeing my baby 💜💜

  • I love that you did this! I love my Standard poodle too, she's my rock, my most loyal friend. And she sits beside me while we watch You Tube every single time. I also love my mini poodle and she's my baby and sleeps all day in a sun spot. They have completely different personalities and wouldn't change them for the world!! Both are black as midnight 🙂

  • Sending hugs and kisses to your furry babies from my furry baby and moi… Great topic!!! Poodles are cute!

  • My family had two small poodles, about 10 lb, that we adored. They were so lovable. No shedding ever. We kept them in puppy cuts and they always looked like babies. I never found a poodle as cute as those.

  • My great grandmother had a white poodle. Fee Fee was such a cool dog. I've never owned a dog, only cat – but luckily 2 of our cats play fetch, which is probably one of the coolest things that dogs do. 🙂

  • I have a poodle mix and love him. He likes to play hide n seek and is the best behaved dog I've ever had. It's all in the haircut folks they can look like manicured topiaries, teddies and even shaggy. They are 100% real dogs!

  • Dogs in general are the best! I've not met many poodles, but the few I have were nice! They look like they would be sweet dogs!

  • I love my Poodle 🐩! He’s a bit big for a standard so some call him a Royal. He’s really helped me with being more patient and calm.
    My guy will tolerate people, but definitely prefers dogs when it comes to strangers. He especially likes poodles and doodles which I think is funny. 💕🌸

  • I had no idea poodles were working dogs. Until I started watching your videos, I also never appreciated how large they are!

  • Love that you're tackling a lot of the misconceptions about poodles. I've also heard some people say they're very aggressive! I can't stand that so much misinformation is spread about animals.

  • Love this video! I adore my two standards and they are definitely different from other breeds I have had! I don’t think my life will ever be complete without them!

  • My grandmother had a toy poodle who had the absolute sweetest personality. Most poodles I've met have had wonderful personalities.

  • I don’t think I have ever seen a poodle in person before!
    My parents used to have Karilean Bear dogs (Siberian) and someone commented on their “poodles” and I laughed like what on earth were they smoking hehe

  • I love poodles and in fact I was hoping to find one when my visit to the shelter wound up with me adopting a terrier instead (a very sad tale of abandonment led to this rather strange development, that and the exceptional working of sad, brown terrier eyes).

  • I love poodles and no idea that some of these myths existed. I wouldn't thought they were working dogs but that is because I have only seen small ones.

  • My parents had an apricot toy poodle they took in when my great Aunt died. He was very smart and able to do many commands and understand instructions. It was also beneficial because I have allergies, so I didn't have to take medication! lol 🐩🧡

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