We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The Standard Poodle was bred in Germany in the 1600s as the Pudelhund for duck and upland hunting. They are retrievers, and some lines (such as mine) are pointers also.
Later, the French adopted them and turned them into status symbols with crazy haircuts. They bred them for style and ignored the hunt aspect. Several poodle breeders have been breeding the hunting and retrieving talent back into poodle lines. Our breeder does that.
In 1942, the Poodle was one of 32 breeds officially classified as war dogs by the Army.
Poodles are smarter than humans.
Poodles have hair, not fur (which is why they are hypoallergenic and why they need haircuts). They love to swim, but do not enjoy being cold and wet at the same time. No insulation.
Pic is a Red (aka Apricot) Standard Poodle with a "Pet Cut," aka "Puppy Cut." That's the haircut I like in a poodle. With that cut, they are the cuddliest pups in the world. We give ours a full-body crew cut for summertime.
Our son and family have a golden retriever and poodle mix, expensive dog, that hates the water. How did both side genetics fail? They we hoping she would love to get in our pool with the kids. Instead she hides.
We had a mini when I was a kid, my little brother and I weren't thrilled but it had to be something that didn't shed or Mom wouldn't let it in the house. Turned out that if a mini poodle gets raised by two little boys that like to romp in the woods it is just as much of a dog as any other dog. She was a tough, smart little furry ball of awesome. Ridiculously smart. I would have another in a heartbeat if the opportunity ever presents itself.