A woman walking a French poodle and a white puppy at the Chelsea Hospital Fair, London. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images). June 1916

A Champion corded Poodle at the Kensington Canine Society's Open Championship at Crystal Palace. (Photo by L. Blandford/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images). 9th April 1926

Poodles being exercised at Mrs Boyd's Pipercroft Kennels in Nuthurst, Sussex. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images). 19th April 1934

A group of French poodles play with their trainer while another gets a ride in a goat-drawn cart. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images). 4th May 1937

A kennel-maid from Ifield Kennels takes to a bicycle to exercise two French Poodles. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images). 12th May 1938

American actress Lizabeth Scott buying a pet poodle in a pet shop on Bond Street, London. (Photo by Kurt Hutton/Picture Post/Getty Images). 6th July 1946

Champion poodles “Peaslake Storm” (sitting), and “Peaslake Travellers Joy” are seen with typical poodle trim at the Dog Show which opens at Olympia. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images). 24th May 1949

British actress and singer Betty Driver with the three pet poodles, Jackie, Mitzi and Tina, which feature on her TV show, circa 1950. (Photo by John Pratt/Keystone Features/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

A poodle being groomed at a dog salon. (Photo by Spencer Arnold/Getty Images). Circa 1950

John Chipperfield practices with a skipping rope and a French Poodle before his performance at Tom Arnold's Harringay Circus, London. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images). 6th January 1950

British prime minister Winston Churchill (1874–1965) leaves Buckingham Palace after a short visit, accompanied by his poodle Rufus, 25th September 1951. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

A couple walking a poodle dog in the park. (Photo by Thurston Hopkins/Getty Images). 1954

A French poodle and its young owner spend quality time together by a pond in the park. (Photo by Three Lions/Getty Images). Circa 1955

A poodle puppy with one of its parents, who is wearing glasses and reading a book. (Photo by Carl Sutton/Getty Images). 1955

Suzanne Paul, from Epsom, embracing a poodle at the International Poodle Club Show at Seymour Hall, Marylebone, London. (Photo by Folb/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images). 28th March 1956

Margaret White arriving at the International Poodle Club Show at Marylebone, London, with Toy and Miniature poodles owned by Mrs Davies of London. (Photo by Folb/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images). 28th March 1956

18-month-old show poodle Tzigane Coolan of Jonbir acts as nursemaid to two-year-old Brian Birks, the son of its owner, in the garden of their home in Sunningdale, Berkshire. (Photo by William Vanderson/Fox Photos/Getty Images). 10th November 1956

Magician Elizabeth Hammond and her poodle Pepeto practise their act in the street, whilst attending the 21st Annual Convention of the International Brotherhood of Magicians at Scarborough, North Yorkshire. (Photo by Ken Harding/BIPs/Getty Images). 1957

American actress Elizabeth Taylor sips a drink and smokes a cigarette during a stop for interviews at Jersey airport en route to Nice. (Photo by Stanley Sherman/Express/Getty Images). 23rd April 1957

From left to right, Barbara Scott-Douglas, Anne King, Ailsa Ousam, Jill Carter, Lynette Agate and Annette Bryant are the six models hired to visit the restaurants of London's Soho area, giving a preview of the latest in French haute couture. Their poodle adds an extra touch of chic to the group. (Photo by Ron Case/Keystone/Getty Images). 14th July 1958

Singer Jill Westlake hoovers her living room in Westgate near Margate, whilst telling off her poodle Bean for interrupting, September 1958. (Photo by Chris Ware/Getty Images)

Skipping poodles from the Bertram Mills circus in training for the winter season. (Photo by Ron Case/Keystone/Getty Images). 27th November 1959

Film actress Audrey Hepburn (1929–1993) on a film set with her pet poodle, circa 1960. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

A poodle visits a drug store for dogs in New York City and is fitted with a bathrobe. (Photo by Three Lions/Getty Images). Circa 1960

Two shaggy miniature poodles. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images). 2nd April 1961

A woman in a German phonebox while her poodle waits outside. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images). 1961

Swedish twin actresses Mia and Pia Genberg pose in front of a cascade of water to be photographed with a poodle in Rome. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images). Circa 1965

A back view of Diana Rigg, star of the television programme “The Avengers”, as she checked in at London Airport for a flight to New York. Her pet poodle Poopie impatiently yawns at her feet. (Photo by Douglas Miller/Getty Images). 1966

Competitors in the International Poodle Club Championships. (Photo by David Cairns/Express/Getty Images). 19th October 1966

A fine example of a toy poodle, “Tres Petite Georgeous”, on the showing table. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images). Circa 1967

A 20 month old miniature poodle Miradel Cleo being groomed for her debut at Cruft's. (Photo by William Vanderson/Fox Photos/Getty Images). 29th January 1973

A close-up of a poodle in St James' Park, London. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images). 5th August 1976
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