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Poodle Breed Information

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Toy and Mini Poodle puppies are just as cute and smart as they are curly and fluffy. Ranked as the second most intelligent dog breed in the world, the Poodle puppy is sure to impress you with its learning skills and eagerness to please. These tiny puppies are family-oriented and a great option for a household with kids. Hypoallergenic Poodle puppies are also the best allergy-friendly dogs to adopt for owners who suffer from dog-related allergies.

BREED TYPE / MIX Purebred ENERGY Moderate SHEDDING Minimum TRAINING Accomodating TEMPERAMENT Cheerful, Intelligent, Lively, Loyal, Playful ADULT WEIGHT Toy 4-6 lbs, Mini 10-12 lbs ADULT HEIGHT Toy 6-8 in, Mini 12-14 in LIFE SPAN 12-15 yrs

Characteristics

  • Poodle puppies are hypoallergenic dogs as they have hair instead of fur and do not shed 
  • The pretty Poodle is currently one of the most popular dog breeds in the world 
  • Poodles have a reputation for being the most trainable puppies in the world 
  • The cute Poodle has an adventurous, lively spirit, making them perfect companions for families 
  • The standard Poodle lifespan is between 12-15 years, with a lifespan of 12 to 18 for Mini and Toy Poodles 
  • The Poodle is an excellent therapy dog because it is sensitive to human emotions, has a positive energy and a loving, loyal nature  
  • The pet Poodle is playful and eager to have fun. This family dog greatly enjoys playing with kids, adults, and other dogs 
  • The American Kennel Club recognizes three Poodle sizes: the Standard Poodle, the Miniature Poodle, and the Toy Poodle. Varieties like the Medium Poodle and Teacup Poodle are also recognized by various kennel clubs around the world 
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Appearance

With their heads held high, a graceful posture and an elegant demeanor, the adorable Poodles are truly glamorous in appearance. The Miniature Poodle is small in stature with an average weight between 10 and 12 pounds and an average height between 12 to 14 inches. These pups have a well-proportioned square built muscular body, a long straight muzzle, dark oval-shaped eyes, feathered floppy ears, and a straight tail carried up.  

Poodle colors and types may differ from breed to breed, but the most popular ones are: 

  • Apricot Poodle 
  • Black Standard Poodle 
  • Blue Poodle - Poodles are born with black coat and gradually lighten as they mature 
  • Brown Poodle Dog 
  • Cafe Au Lait Standard Poodle 
  • Micro Cream Poodle 
  • Gray Poodle Mix 
  • Red Poodle 
  • Silver Poodle 
  • Silver Beige Poodle 
  • Black and White Toy Poodle 

Many owners are surprised when their Poodle dog develops an entirely new hue as they mature. A blue Poodle puppy, for example, could be mistaken for a black one, however a professional breeder should be able to tell the difference. If the puppy's parents have parti in their DNA, different colors may emerge as the coat clears throughout the first two years; and the previously black-looking puppy that was actually a blue parti becomes a parti with a wide range of colors. 

Temperament

Poodles are just as lovable as they look. Easily-excitable and full of life, these dogs are eager to please and very patient around children of all ages as well as other pets in the home. They are known to be extremely social with strangers and can even be trained as service dogs.  

Poodle puppies are highly trainable from a young age because they have a sharp mind and eagerness to please. They are amongst the most trainable puppies in the world. 

The Poodles are a breed that enjoy the outdoors, going on long walks with their family, running, swimming, hiking, playing, and socializing. They are wonderful adventurous companions, playful and eager to have fun. The Poodle plays well with kids and adults alike and has a lot of energy. They enjoy  games of fetch, Frisbee, hide-and-seek, and mentally stimulating canine puzzle games. 

After a long and fun day, the Poodle (or Poodle puppies) will gladly indulge in a calm and loving cuddle session with their human family. The Poodle dog is a remarkable animal, known for its sharp mind and love-filled personality. Luckily, the breed has a lot of impressive abilities that complement these qualities. The adorable Poodle excels at canine sports such as obedience, agility, fly ball and tracking. Truly a marvelous pet, this dog always has a new trick up its sleeve. 

Care

Poodle Grooming

Poodle grooming should not scare you, the Poodle breed does not have fur, but it does have hair. As a result, there is very minimal shedding, making them an excellent pet for allergy sufferers. Are all poodles hypoallergenic? It is a question a lot of people are wondering, to answer it, yes, yes, they are.   

Poodles Mini and Toy have moderate grooming requirements that are easily manageable. You will need to brush your Poodle puppy every day or, at the very least, every other day in order to prevent the puppy’s coat from getting matted. As your Poodle gets older, you can scale back on brushing, but during the puppy stage, it is important. An adult Poodle dog will need to be brushed every few days to keep its coat shiny and defined. Baths are recommended every three or four weeks. 

The big drop-down ear flaps of a Poodle dog, unfortunately, favor infection because the inside is dark, warm, and moist. They also have hair growing in their outer (vertical) ear canal, which prevents proper airflow. Weekly inspections of your dog's ears are recommended to ensure that there is no hair or wax accumulation. Dog ear hygiene should be done on a regular basis to detect signs of infection before they become problematic.  

Poodle Exercise Needs

 The adorable Poodle is a hunting dog, and as such, they are extremely athletic and require attention and care. To neglect these dogs would be a disservice to them. Even though they were bred for this purpose, Poodle puppies are so much more than just hunting dogs. They are intelligent, always ready for new adventures, and hypoallergenic. The Poodle is a lively dog that requires walks, 30 minutes of walks a day or at least 60 minutes of indoor physical activity per day is enough to keep them happy and healthy. 

Poodle Health

Like all dogs, Poodle health issues are something to take into consideration. Some of these issues are more dependent on the size of the dog, while others are common among all breeds. For example, some common health problems are eye problems, heart problems, hypothyroidism and allergies. 

Poodles are cute and they're cuddly, but there are a few health issues that come with the territory. The most common health issues that Poodles face are hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, epilepsy, Addison’s disease, thyroid problems, hypoglycemia, bloat, and collapsed trachea.  

Routine checkups are essential, never take your Poodle to the vet only when he or she is sick; instead, schedule frequent appointments. This will keep them happy and healthy for a long time. 

Poodle Lifespan

The average Poodle lifespan is 12-16 years, but it is determined by its size. Standard Poodles live the shortest, followed by Miniature and Toy Poodles who typically have a lifespan of up to 18 years. Across all dog breeds, large and giant breeds live the shortest, while medium and small dogs live longer lives. This is because the bigger the dog, the faster they physically age. The Poodle dog is no exception to this rule. Lady, the first "oldest dog," was a Poodle that lived to be 28 years old. 

Poodle Training

Poodles make loving and loyal pets. Poodle puppies are intelligent and eager to please, which makes them a great choice for families with small children. There are three different sizes of poodle – miniature, toy, and standard – but all of them have similar dispositions and need training. Besides this, they're just like any other pet dog and need care and attention. 

Are poodles easy to train? They are highly intelligent, loyal, and eager pets which make them easy to train. It's necessary for Poodle puppies to be trained because it ensures they reach adulthood as well-behaved, friendly, and good dogs. 

Dogs are an important part of many people’s lives. They can be man’s best friend, a furry protector, or the perfect companion for children. Obedience training is the term used to describe the training of a dog to listen to commands. Commands can range from very basic, like “Sit” or “Stay,” to more advanced commands used in competitions. 

Teach your Poodle dog to greet you by his name. This should be self-evident. You're not effectively training your Poodle if you refer to it as a puppy or just say, "Come here." The first thing you should do is teach him his name. Look at your puppy and motion him toward you when you pronounce his name. When your puppy comes to you without hesitation, say his name in a calm inviting tone of voice and reward him with a treat and praise. 
Educate your adorable Poodle on how to sit. Train your puppy to sit once he's mastered acknowledging his name when called. If you have a smaller breed Poodle, it is better if you train him at his level. Place a little goodie in your palm and pronounce the word "sit" to teach your cute Poodle to sit. Place the treat at his nose and slowly lift it above his head. His bum will fall to the ground. Say the phrase "sit," give him the treat, and praise him once his bum is on the ground. Continue exercising until he can sit without the treat being moved over her head. In addition to the verbal indication, many pet Poodle parents utilize a hand signal. 

History

The Poodle is a distinguished and versatile breed of dog that dates back to Ancient Times. This old-school Poodle is found in paintings, poetry, coins and artifacts from various time periods. The Poodle breed is the national dog of France and has been depicted on everything from Egyptian carvings to French paintings. The adorable Poodle dogs and Poodle puppies (both new and old) have also been featured in many different books and literature. The Poodle dog is a centuries-old German dog known for retrieving water fowl, hunting rabbits, and guiding blind people. The origins of the Poodle are hotly debated, but it’s safe to say they were brought to Europe in the 1800s. They were originally used as duck hunters. The signature Poodle look that is now seen in conformation competitions was originally given to the Poodle for practical reasons. 

When World War I broke out, German soldiers called on the model Poodle to serve as hunting dogs on the front lines. The dogs proved to be excellent at their jobs, and after the war, they found themselves in demand as assistance dogs. They quickly became excellent hunting dogs, retrievers, herders, and show dogs. The miniature Poodle became so popular, it quickly gained favor among the nobles and aristocrats. What's really fascinating is how they were originally bred down in size by the French Circus who was so fascinated with their trainability. The French are responsible for the Miniature Poodles who quickly rose to fame as cinematic stars, truffle hunters and show dogs. And then, because of their popularity, they were bred down even more into the Toy Poodle. 

Another name for the Poodle dog is the French Water Dog. The Poodle was originally bred to retrieve ducks and geese, but it became mainly a companion dog. Some of its physical characteristics are soft, curly hair, sturdy build, and an affectionate personality. There are three types of Poodles: The Toy Poodle, the Miniature Poodle, and the Standard Poodle. The Toy Poodle is the smallest of the three types of poodles. They are 8-10 inches tall with an average weight of 6-9 pounds. The Miniature Poodles are 12-14 inches tall with an average weight of 10-12 pounds. These poodles are famous for being sweet companion pets and excellent truffle hunters. The Standard Poodle is a type of dog whose average height is 15-20 inches, and its weight is 30-70 pounds. The Standard Poodle might be a duck hunter, a circus performer, or a show dog. 

The Poodle has been one of the most popular breeds in the US for 20 consecutive years and now, with popularity on the rise, is one of the most popular breeds in the world. 

The last 15 years have seen a surge of Poodle mixes, commonly known as Doodles. One of the most popular crossbreeds, Doodles are now the most popular mix for pet owners.  

Poodle Mixed Breeds that have become the most popular in recent years are: 

  • Cockapoo - Cocker Spaniel Poodle mix puppy 
  • Maltipoo - Maltese Poodle mix puppies 
  • Cavapoo - Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Poodle mix puppies 
  • Labradoodle - Labrador Poodle mix 
  • Goldendoodle - Golden Retriever Poodle mix puppy 
  • Schnoodle - Standard Schnauzer Poodle mix 
  • Yorkipoo - Yorkshire Terrier Poodle mix 
  • Chipoo - Baby Chihuahua Poodle mix 
  • Pomapoo - Pomeranian Poodle mix 
  • Jack-a-poo - Jack Russell Poodle mix 
  • Shihpoo - Full Grown Shih Tzu Poodle mix 
  • Aussiedoodle - Australian Shepherd Poodle mix puppy 
  • Pyredoodle - Great Pyrenees Poodle mix 
  • Poochon - Bichon Frise Poodle mix 
  • Bernedoodle - Great Bernese Poodle mix 
  • Bassetoodle - Basset Hound Poodle mix puppies 
  • Dalmadoodle - Dalmation and Poodle 
  • Bloodhound Poodle mix 
  • Whoodle -  Wheaton Poodle mix 
  • Sheepadoodle - Old English Sheepdog Poodle mix 
  • Westiepoo - West Highland Terrier Poodle mix 
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