The reasons one would learn about merle poodles are nearly endless. There are so many things to learn about these dogs, and yet many people do not know the first place to look or the most knowledgeable person to ask about the breed. In this article, I hope to discuss all the interesting facts about this special dog and hopefully encourage you to learn more.
How to Know About Merle Poodles
The name “merle” comes from the English word meaning ‘muddy’ and the German word for ‘poodle’ which is Schutzhund. Muddy water dogs were originally bred in Germany and were known for their strong temperament and great ability to get along with other animals. They have since become extremely popular in America as a sporting breed and are used for numerous sporting events including parades, agility, obedience, tracking, racing, and just about any other event you can think of. Most people only think of the merles that are seen at cockfights, but these dogs were also used by the British Army in the Boer War, the Chinese in the Boxer Rebellion, the Australian army during World War I, and the American Redcoat in the US Civil War.
One of the most interesting things anyone should know about the English/French breed is that Merle Poodles has a much longer lifespan than their size would indicate. They can live up to eight years old! Another interesting factoid is that this type of dog originated in Germany, not France, as was once thought. Because of the breeding between German shepherds and French pointers, the Poodle was created. As you can see, there are lots of facts to learn about merle poodles.