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Miniature and Toy Poodle

The name Poodle has its roots in an old German word meaning "to splash about," which is a reference to their fondness for water. Smaller Poodle breeds were developed in the 1700's, much later than the large Standard Poodle.

Poodles have been featured in royal artwork since the 1500's and although many think of it as a French breed, it is unlikely. Experts believe the Poodle may have originated in Central Europe or Russia, although it is also possible that the breed originated in Spain or Portugal. Another theory claims the Poodle was brought to France by German soldiers during the 1400's. It is not disputed however, that the modern traits of the breed were developed in France. Poodles are believed to be related to the Portuguese Water Dog and the Irish Water Spaniel. Though many regard Poodles as ornamental lap dogs, they are actually gun dogs with an excellent reputation for bird hunting and water retrieval.
Genetic Diseases that can be tested for:

Progressive Rode Cone Degeneration (Miniature and Toy)

Australia / NZ statistics:
41.3% of dogs tested were either affected or clear of this disease - keep checking for updates

Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy / Krabbe’s Disease (Miniature only)

Australia / NZ statistics:
No information is currently available - keep checking this page for updates
Please be aware that other genetic diseases or developmental abnormalities may still be present. A genetic test does not replace the need for ongoing clinical assessment by a veterinarian. Disease penetrance and clinical assessment of affected animals can only be performed by a qualified veterinarian.

Disease Statistics provided by breed club health committies and member bodies