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While most poodles today are pampered house pets who love lounging around on comfy pillows, the original Poodles were water dogs used for retrieving. To this day, their conformation and the texture and pattern of their coats reflect the purposes for which they were bred. Miniatures and Toys have been bred down from the larger Poodles and they exhibit the same general characteristics. The Poodle is an active, intelligent, ruggedly-built dog, but at the same time elegant and refined. Well-bred Poodles in all three varieties have steady, calm nerves, hardy constitutions, and can be easily trained. A Poodle is a "person" and he expects to be treated as one. Each one is a character and for that reason they make wonderful companions.