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Le Caniche

The poodle


Bonne Année ! 2018 - C’est l’année du chien ! 

It's the Year of the Dog in the Chinese Calender

There are several breeds of dog that have their origin in France but the most well known would have to be the poodle - in French - le caniche.

Originally, it was a water hunting dog used for hunting ducks (les canards) - hence the French name. In Germany, they were used for the same purpose, but were given the name Pudel which means sauter dans l'eau or 'jumping into water'. From there, we have the English name, Poodle.

Poodles are said to be one of the 3 most intelligent breeds of dog.