Originally from France, they are now popularly bred with other breeds to create “designer” dogs such as Labradoodles and Cockapoos.
- Loves people; hates to be alone
- Prefers people over other dogs
- Very intelligent
- Active and alert
- Great watchdogs
- Three sizes: toy, miniature and standard
- Standard: About 45 pounds; over 15 inches at the withers (shoulder)
- Miniature: About 20 pounds; 10-15 inches at the withers
- Toy: About 10 pounds; under 10 inches at the withers
- Adaptable to various environments
- Great with children, perhaps with the exception of the toy variety because of their small size
- Good companion to the elderly
- Will become mischievous if left alone for long periods
- Excellent family dogs, as they don’t tend to attach to just one person
- Learns quickly since they are highly intelligent
- Enjoys doing tricks and are eager to please
- Does well in dog events like obedience, agility, etc.
- Sensitive; does not respond well to harsh training methods
- Loves to swim
- Enjoys walking and playtime
- Curly, dense and wooly
- Needs daily grooming to avoid matting
- Many colors, solid or multi-colored
- Little shedding
- Teeth and ears need regular cleaning
- 12-15 years
- If you want to rescue a Poodle or Poodle mix, check out adopt-a-poodle.adoptapet.com or Poo-Mix Rescue.
For more information about Poodles check out this great video by writer, pet trainer, expert and industry consultant Nikki Moustaki made exclusively for i Love Dogs.
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