Poodles are good family dogs — fun, energetic, smart and easy to train. They do best with plenty of exercise for both mind and body and prefer to be with people most of the time.
Poodles are notorious for their intelligence and ease of training. They are lively, active, fun-loving and family dogs with a sense of the ridiculous.
They’re good-natured and have a strong impulse to play fetch with a wide assortment of toys due to their hunting dog past. They need a lot of attention, including high levels of interaction with all family members. As puppies, poodles need only minimal bathing and brushing.
Poodle are notorious for their intelligence and ease of training. They are lively, active, fun-loving dogs with a sense of the ridiculous. Poodles thrive on attention and can develop bad habits such as nuisance barking if ignored or left alone.
|Size||Medium. From the shoulder, standard poodles are 18-20 inches tall. They weigh 60-70 pounds for males and 40-50 pounds for females.However, there are two other types of poodles as well. Toy poodles are no more than 10 inches, and miniature poodles are under 15 inches tall.|
|Breed Characteristics||Poodle are known for their curly fur and their energy levels. Their bodies are well-proportioned and muscular, and even with an elaborate “continental clip” hairdo, are incredibly athletic.These days most poodle owners opt for the sporting clip, showing off their squarely toned shape. Either way, if someone in your family is sensitive to dog fur, poodles are hypoallergenic!|
|Temperament||Poodle are people-oriented and love learning new tricks and jumps. They’re good-natured and have a strong impulse to play fetch with a wide assortment of toys due to their hunting dog past. They need a lot of attention, including high levels of interaction with all family members.|
|Grooming and Health Needs||As puppies, poodle need only minimal bathing and brushing. As they start to grow, however, their coats will need a wide variety of attention, depending on how you want to groom them. If you keep their hair short they will be lower maintenance, but one must learn how to brush out a poodle’s hair to prevent matting and knots. If the matting gets too extreme, experts suggest cutting the hair very short and growing out their curly locks from scratch.On the other end of the spectrum are those who prefer their poodles go to a professional groomer. If so, every 4-6 weeks is ideal, as they get a bath and nail trim in the process.
Poodles are generally a healthy breed due to years of responsible breeding and tests that have been done to ensure hip dysplasia, eye disorders, epilepsy, sebaceous adenitis, von Willebrand’s disease, and immune-mediated disorders aren’t present. Toy and miniature poodles are more likely to have orthopedic problems (Legg-Calve-Perthes and luxating patellas), while the standard poodle can be at risk for bloat.
|Training||Poodle are highly trainable and pick up skills quickly. They love positive reinforcement and excel in tracking, agility, and obedience. Poodle puppies benefit from socialization classes to build good puppy behavior. Poodles are especially aware of the tone of your voice, so if you need to reprimand your poodle, be firm, but not harsh.|
|Energy Level||Poodle (of every size) are active dogs that need exercise on a daily basis. Have a pool? They love swimming as a great way to burn that dog fuel. Playing multiple games of fetch and retrieval helps to bond with your poodle and tucker them out.|
|Life Span||Poodles live between 10 – 18 years on average.|