French Poodles, by H.H. Hunnewell, Jr., ca 1894

"French poodles are as a breed one of the most, if not the most, intelligent variety of dogs. The number of tricks which they can be taught is boundless, and they are renowned for their faithfulness to their masters. They are splendid house dogs, most entertaining companions, and of the mildest disposition. They are by no means, as many people suppose them to be, merely toy dogs, but are very strong and useful. In Germany and France the market hunters use them extensively for retrieving. They have good noses, take to water readily, and are strong runners and beautiful jumpers. In general outlook a poodle should be more or less a cobby type, but nevertheless showing speed. They should be strong about the chest, shoulders and loins with good straight legs and powerful hindquarters, so as to be able to run and jump well. They should show a great deal of style, with a very lively, bright and intelligent look, always on the alert and full of spirits. The coat should be close and fine, and in tight curls, whether brown or black, devoid of white. In the brown variety the color should be a rich deep brown. The head should show intelligence, not too massive, and rather long from the eyes to the nose, with no drop. The eyes should be dark and not too prominent. The ears should be naturally by the side of the head, rather long, and well covered with hair. The tail should not be carried down nor straight over the back."

NB: This text was kindly forwarded by Lynn Bucker, 21 August 1998; was found pasted into a scrapbook of the Hill Hurst Standard Poodles (English; brown; and lying behind Blakeen Cyrano): "The handwriting on the scrapbook is hard to read. One says 'The Dog' with a line of three words written below it that looks like Wal __it Pub lo. The other is from American Cultivation... The text of the article is identical in both places. Based on where it appears in the scrapbook, the date is probably 1894."

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