Vital Statistics:
Place of Origin: France, Germany
Group: Sporting dog, Companion dog
Height: Standard-15 in. up, Miniature 10-15 in., Toy under 10 in.
Weight: Standard 45-70 lbs., Miniature 15-17 lbs., Toy 6-9 lbs.
Life span: Standard 11-12 yrs., Miniature & Toy 14-15 yrs.
Trainability: high
Good with children: yes
Good with other pets: yes

The origin of the Poodle has been in dispute, whether is comes from France, Germany, Denmark or ancient Piedmont. The name is from the German word “Pudel” or “Pudelhound” which means splashing dog It was developed by the French to it current form.

What does the Poodle look like?

The three types of Poodle, Standard, Miniature and Toy are all very popular dogs. There is also a teacup size. In America, height and weight is as follows: Standard – over 15 inches tall and 45-70 lbs., Miniature – 10-15 inches tall and 15-17 lbs., Toy – less than 10 inches tall and 6-9 lbs. The Poodle has no undercoat. Its thick, curly hair sheds little and is hypoallergenic. Since the Poodle’s hair grows regularly, it must be clipped about every 6-8 weeks. Colors are solid black, grey, cream, apricot, brown and cafe au lait. Ears fall along the flat cheeks. The tail is usually docked and set high. Since the Poodle’s hair grows regularly, it must be clipped about every 6-8 weeks.

What is the Poodle’s temperament?

The Poodle is one of the most intelligent dogs. It seems to understand everything you say. The Poodle trains easily and willingly and performs in circuses. It is a sensitive breed that responds to kindness. Poodles are good with other dogs and pets. They should be socialized early with children. They are easy to housebreak. Poodles do well in apartments, but need that daily walk and if available, a place to run and play off lead.

What are the Poodles uses?

The Poodle was originally used as a water retrieving dog. The Standard size Poodle can be used as a guard dog. All sizes are loving and loyal companion dogs.

Possible Health Issues

Bloat/gastric torsion, Addison’s Disease, Cushing’s Disease, hypothyroidism, progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts, glaucoma, von Willebrand’s Disease
Smaller poodles have issues with patellar luxation, Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease

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