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Christmas and the poodle-marmaduke mix

When talking about Christmas, reindeers tend to be the most popular animal associated with the season, a status that is borne from the Santa Claus lore, where Santa’s magical sled is drawn by flying reindeers.

Dogs are not particularly associated with Christmas, but one breed has steadily been gaining an association with the season, a reputation that hails from the live-action revival of the classic How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss.
Originally published as a children’s book in 1957, the remake of How The Grinch Stole Christmas was released in 2000, and featured a poodle and marmaduke mix playing the role of Max, the Grinch’s dog, backed by the stellar acting talents of Jim Carrey playing the role of the Grinch.

Though not exactly a testament of truth, the portrayal of a poodle and marmadue mix as Max was quite endearing, leaving countless children associating the dog with Christmas reindeers, mirroring the role Max “played” in drawing the Grinch’s “flying” sled.

As a breed, poodle mixes are known to bear the very intelligence factors of pure bred poodles, along with the physical characteristics that have made poodles one of the world’s most readily identifiable dogs.

As pets, poodle mixes are quite active too, an attribute that complements with their intelligence factors, and poodle-like physical characteristics. Generally small to medium in size, poodle mixes tend to have a penchant for being toy dogs, but are also known to “rough it up” every once in a while.

Given how popular the character of Max is from How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the sight of poodle mixes being fitted with reindeer antlers doesn’t come as strange this holiday season.
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