THE MOST INTELLIGENT POODLE
The Poodle is commonly acknowledged to be the most wisely intelligent of all members of the canine race. There is a general belief that he's a fop, whose period is mostly occupied in private embellishment, which he requires a great deal of individual attention in the matter of his own toilet. It can be true that to maintain him exhibition order and perfect hygiene his proprietor has need to devote more attention to him is required in the case of several breeds; but in other respects he provides very little trouble, and all who are connected to him are consistent in their view that there isn't any dog so profoundly interesting and responsive as a companion. His qualities of his acute powers of reasoning are so great that there is something almost human in their own attractiveness as well as his devotion. His aptitude in learning isn't denied, and many are the tales told of his marvellous ability and flexibility.
Not only as a showman's dog has he distinguished himself. He's an adept at performing tricks, puppy toy but it is his alertness of mind that puts him apart from other animals.
The profuse and long coat of the dog has the peculiarity that should not kept continuously brushed it out spins into little cords that increase in length as the hair grows and clings about it. The unshed old hair and the newest growth entwined together thus become different rope-like cords. Finally, if these strings are not cut short, or inadvertently torn off, then they drag along the floor, and so prevent the bad animal from going with any degree of comfort or liberty.
Corded Poodles are extremely showy, and from the appearance of the coat, attract a great deal of public attention when exhibited at shows; but they have lost popularity among most fanciers, and have been few in number due to the obvious actuality it is not possible to make pets of them or keep them in the house. The reason for this is that the coat must, from time to time, be oiled to be able to keep the cords supple and prevent them from snapping, and, of course, as their coats cannot be brushed, the only method of maintaining the dog clean would be to clean him, which using a corded Poodle is a lengthy and laborious process. Further, the coat takes hours to wash, and unless the newly washed dog be kept in a warm room he is very liable to catch cold.