Do we know this for fact? I've heard several breeds claim to the originator, and yet genetically, some of these breeds appear to be rather distinct. There was a phylogeny published around 2015 that was rather surprising in this regard.The lagotto romagnolo is the original ancestor of the curly-coated water dogs and is/was 25-35 lbs.
I remember the Portuguese Water Dog was once heralded as the ancestor of the poodle as was the Barbet. I wonder if dna tests have shown any of this to be definitively true or falseThe lagotto romagnolo is the original ancestor of the curly-coated water dogs and is/was 25-35 lbs. I think there has always been a spectrum of size in poodles and they were only separated in recent times.
Unfortunately, there isn't a clear answer, at least not yet. No one was keeping records of dogs at this level, probably until the Victorian Era, which is generally considered the birth of modern dog breeding.i just read up on a little history of the breed, yet the book didn't clearly say which size originated first. It kinda suggested both appear roughly the same time, anyone knows the answer? I would love to hear your input