IllogiZoo:Poodle: The Proper Version
In the beginning of poodle history, they had no fur. It was quite hard to see them, as you may imagine.
They swam in water, of course. Their lack of fur caused them to be slapped around a lot by other seagoing animals, of course. So they evolved that darn fur so they wouldn't be slapped around as much. Unfortunately, now they were visible to sharks and other seagoing predators, so they decided "Man, screw this! I'm outta here!" and grew legs.
In the year of 2525, the poodles migrated from their home of Southern Africa and moved to Amerika. Unfortunately, along the way, they were stopped by the police, who said that no animals were allowed on planes. But that's a different story, explained in Samuel L. Jackson's movie
Snakes Poodles on a Plane.