German Poodles, 1881
German Poodles from Vero Shaw's The Illustrated Book of the Dog, 1881.
The poodle is a breed of dog believed to have originated from Germany. It is a retriever, or gun dog, because of its agility and water resistant coat. While the poodle is still commonly used by hunters, it has also become a popular breed at dog shows. The poodle has only one coat, so it does not shed as much as other breeds, making it fairly hypoallergenic. Poodles typically have a solid colored coat, which can come in a wide range of hues, including black, red, cream, blue, and sable. They come in three different sizes, standard, which is the biggest, miniature, and toy.
The Illustrated Book of the Dog was published by Cassell, Petter, Galpin, & Co. It had twenty-eight colored lithographs and numerous engravings. It was the first work to contain color illustrations of several breeds, including the fox terrier, pug, and retriever. John Cassell (1817-1865) founded the company in 1848. Printers Thomas Dixon Galpin (1828-1910) and George william Petter (1823-1888) operated the company under the name Petter and Galpin from 1855-8, after Cassell went bankrupt. He rejoined as a partner in 1858, at which time his name was re-added to the company. Robert Turner joined the publishing house in 1878, and the "& Co." was added.
- Naomi Bean