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Poodle (Miniature / Standard)

Standard Poodles are the largest of their type and are known to be affectionate, lively and highly intelligent dogs.

Overall Status

Height Over 15 inches (Standard)
Temperament Active, Proud, Very Smart
Weight 40 to 70 pounds (Standard)
Life Expectancy 10 to 18 years
Coat Color Black, Apricot, White, Cream, Sable, Blue
Barking Level Medium

Quick Factors

Dog Friendly
Exercise Need
Grooming Needs
Strangers Friendly
Family Affectionate
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Daily Care

Grooming Tips Exercise Tips Feeding Tips Health Tips Trainability

Standard show Poodles are allowed a few distinct grooming styles, including puppy, English saddle and Continental, but household Poodles can be clipped, trimmed or shaved in just about any style imaginable. Regardless of the style, a Poodle needs to be brushed regularly.

While they do not shed, the hair grows constantly, so loose hair and tangles need to be prevented and removed so that mats do not form. Bathing and trimming are required every three weeks. Many owners prefer to use the services of a professional groomer, while others learn to use the clippers themselves, in order to save money.

Check the ears on a regular basis for signs of wax buildup, irritation or infection. Clean the ears with a cotton ball and a veterinarian-approved cleanser; never use a cotton swab in a dog's ear canal. Teeth should be brushed on a weekly basis to prevent tartar buildup, promote gum health and keep bad breath at bay. Trim nails monthly if the dog does not wear the toenails down naturally outdoors.

Being energetic as they are, this breed will like a good deal of exercise. A lot of them will also enjoy living up to their hunting and pointing instincts. As former retrievers, Poodles should be able to enjoy chasing balls and Frisbees, as well.

The American Kennel Club lists this dog as an “active” breed.They will require at least30 to 60 minutesdaily exercise, depending on their size and overall activity level.

The Poodle does not widely differ from other dogswhen it comes to their nutritional needs. Like most other dogs, these posh pooches will also thrive on a diet based onhigh-quality dry foodfor dogs. Of course, not all types of kibble will do. You’ll have to pick out those that are suitable for your Poodle’s age (puppy, adult, senior), size and activity levels. Kibble appropriate for toy breeds, small breeds, or large breeds will usually be a good fit.

Treatscan be an important aid in training, but giving too many can cause obesity. Learn about whichhuman foodsare safe for dogs, and which are not. Check with your vet if you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet.Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.

The average life span of a Standard Poodle is 10 to 15 years. Breed health concerns may include epilepsy,hip dysplasia,Legg-Calve-Perthes disease,patent ductus arteriosis, dilated cardiomyopathy,patellar luxation,progressive retinal atrophy, sebaceous adenitis, a number ofskin problems, renal disorders andvon Willebrand disease.

When it comes to exceptionally smart dogs, this breed ranks at the very top of the list. The impressive smarts are not reserved for only one type of Poodle. All of them are considered to be second only to Border Collie in terms of intelligence. If you have the right training approach, this dog is going to be highly trainable. They won’t have a problem learning commands or even elaborate tricks and routines- as long as they have the proper motivation.

Toy and Miniature Poodles might be prone tosmall dog syndromeand have a stubborn streak, so combine positive reinforcement training with a confident, firm attitude for best results.


France has been officially recognized as the Poodle’s country of origin, but the Poodle’s earlier ancestors came from central Asia. The German variety has probably influenced the modern breed most (‘Poodle’ is German for ‘splash’ or ‘puddle’).

In 18th and 19th century Europe, the Poodle served a wide variety of purposes, including duck hunting, guiding, and later circus performing, from whence the modern grooming style likely arose. The Poodle became a popular pet for the French aristocracy, and in time was officially adopted as the national dog. Poodles were imported to America in the 20th century. They slowly rose in popularity and eventually became the country’s most popular dog.

The poodle is a group of formal dog breeds, the Standard Poodle,Miniature PoodleandToy Poodle. The origins of the poodles are still discussed with a dispute over whether the poodle descends from the old FrenchBarbetbreed or from Germany as a type of water dog.

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