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Poodle, a breed of dogs, introduced into Britain from the Continent early in the 19th century. They are affectionate and intelligent, and, from the readiness with which they learn tricks, they are often trained by showmen as performing dogs. There are two principal varieties: the white and the black (the larger of the two). The coat is thick and mat-like, and is generally shaved or clipped, so as to give the dogs a grotesque appearance. The White Poodle makes a good house-dog, and the Black Poodle is not only a faithful companion, but a good water-dog and retriever.