We are taking a break in our regularly scheduled Grave Stories for you to meet Cricket, the newest addition to the Genealogy Investigations team.
This delightful little scrap is a Foodle. (Don’t look at me like that, apparently that's what they are called.)
So in the best tradition of our posts we are going to do a little research on Cricket’s history.
So a Foodle is a cross between a poodle and a fox terrier.
Cricket was born in Waipawa 11 weeks ago. His mother was a poodle and his father a fox terrier.
We all know the traditional image of a poodle - with its odd haircut. Originating in France (or Germany depending on who you believe) the standard - large - poodle was a hunting dog bred to retrieve birds from water. Evidence to support the German origin story is that the name Poodle likely came from the German word puddeln - meaning to splash.
That distinctive hair cut - called the lion or continental cut - was to provide warmth to the vital organs on the chest and body - and to streamline the hindquarters in the water.
The smaller versions of the poodle were bred from the larger.
The fox terrier originated in England, bred from different types of terriers. This sturdy little dog was bred for hunting, often used along with fox hounds. The terrier would drive the fox from its den before the fox hounds took over the chase.
Cricket has some manners to learn and some training before he can be our full time office assistant but he will also be helping us sniff out Grave Stories.
We’ll keep you up to date with Cricket’s adventures.
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