Small Dog Breeds > Poodle

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The poodle is the formal name for a group of several dog breeds, including the Toy Poodle, the Miniature Poodle, and the Standard Poodle. Poodles or “PudelHunds” originated in Germany as water dogs but were later standardized in France. Traditionally, the Standard Poodle was used a retriever for duck and bird hunting. Poodles excel in many dog sports, especially those requiring obedience, athletic stamina, agility, and tracking.

Standard Poodles have a high working intelligence and webbed feet that are ideal for swimming. They have dark oval shaped eyes and ears that fold down close to the head. The dogs have the appearance of intelligence and alertness.

Poodles are highly energetic, personable, and can get bored easily. It’s important to make sure they get sufficient exercise (walks, games of fetch, toys) or they may become mischievous. Poodles are highly instructable and take well to training. In most cases, it only takes a few attempts before the dogs take on their lesson.

Poodles are generally reserved when meeting strangers but warm up gradually after knowing new people for a while. Of the three types of poodles, Standard Poodles are best suited for homes with small children. However, supervision is still suggested especially with babies. Small dog breed Toy and Miniature Poodles have less patience and may bite out of fear if small children tug on their tails or otherwise annoy the dogs. These two versions are better suited to homes with older children or teenagers. Poodles of all sizes prefer not to be left alone at home.

Coat and Color

Poodles have single layer coats that are moisture resistant and naturally curly and dense. The dogs have minimal shedding and are somewhat hypoallergenic but not completely allergen free. The coats are either one solid color or multi-colored. Some of their colors include: brown, black, gray, apricot, silver beige, sable, red, cream, white and brindle.

Brushing and trimming vary according to the age of your poodle.
Height Under 10" to over 15" at the withers
Life Span 12-15 years
Temperament Energetic, personable
Hypoallergenic Somewhat
The most common health issues for Standard Poodles include: gastric dilatation volvulus, thyroid issues, epilepsy, sebaceous adenitis, Addison’s disease, tracheal collapse, hip dysphasia, cancer, and juvenile renal disease.

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