Although it might break little Fifi's heart to hear it, there is no such animal as the "French poodle," since the only official varieties of these fluffy pups are called "standard," "miniature," and "toy." The breed itself originated in Germany, where it was used as a water hunting dog, good for retrieving birds from puddles (in German, "puddel"). In England the dogs became known as "poodles," and started to be called "French poodles" after they had become popular in France. Au revoir, dead pigeons; bonjour Paris!