If you’ve seen Poodles only in dog shows, movies, or as a fashion accessory, you might be surprised to learn that they were originally hunting dogs. Royalty and noblemen hunted with Poodles for centuries. As time went by they were bred mostly for companionship. Today the American Kennel Club puts them in the "non-sporting" group, meaning house pets and companions.
But even today with their floppy ears, pompoms, and curly hair, many Poodles are ready for the hunt and have shown themselves to be quite skillful. There are hunters who have used Labrador Retrievers in the past, but have been won over by the intelligence and abilities of the Poodle.
These are hunting Poodles.
A retired game warden from Minocqua, Wisconsin, Gary Scovel, has hunted with Poodles through the years but admits that he often gets strange looks from other hunters.
Scovel has owned Poodles as house pets for over thirty years but he didn’t start hunting with them until 2001 when he read about a Colorado woman who took two Poodles up to the top ranks of American Kennel Club hunting trials. He started training his Poodle, Beau, and discovered his house pet could be a great bird dog.
I know several women who have wanted Poodles as pets, but their husbands had no interest…until …they told them that Poodles were originally hunting dogs. None of the men actually hunted, but they loved the idea of having a hunting dog.
Chalk it up to one more thing women don’t understand about men.
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