The history of the Poodle includes its intelligence. The low maintenance of the Poodle coat makes them an excellent pet. The popularity of the Poodle has grown throughout the years. The breed actually originated in Germany, despite the popular belief that the breed originated in France. The breed is closely related to the old water dog known as the Pudel especially when it comes to the coat and body form. Although no longer bred as a sporting dog the Poodle still has an eager fondness for water that is still displayed on occasion, as the breed was once trained to retrieve waterfowl. The history of the breed itself isn't the only thing to consider. There is a history behind the appearance of the standard poodle cut with the tufts of hair left on the thighs and around the feet.
The Poodle is most known for their hair cut, which features a trim on the face, legs and body while leaving tufts of hair on the thighs and rings of hair on the feet. It is not known what the exact origin of this hair cut and custom is, but this type of cut does help to reduce the labor of daily grooming for those who have the Poodle as a house pet. This means that the owner of a Poodle can easily maintain the coat in good condition so the dog can remain healthy and good in appearance.