Poodle

An agile, athletic, and graceful breed, the Poodle was developed as a water dog to retrieve game fowl. And they still love to swim.
Poodle Information

Average sizes and life expectancy of the breed

HEIGHT

15-21 Inches

WEIGHT

45-65 Lbs.

LIFE EXPECTANCY

12-15 Years

Poodle Information

The Poodle is a popular, versatile breed. They come in three sizes: Standard, Toy, and Miniature. 

Poodles are known for their curly coats, which can be either clipped or left natural. 

These dogs are highly intelligent and make great companions. Although they require regular grooming, poodles are relatively low-maintenance dogs.

The Poodle was brought to France in the 16th century, where it quickly became a favorite of the aristocracy. The breed was further refined in France and became known for its elegant appearance. 

Standard Poodles were used for retrieving game, while Toy and Miniature Poodles were popular companion dogs.

Poodle Exercise Needs

Poodles are active dogs that need regular exercise. They are good swimmers and love to play fetch. 

Although they do not require a lot of space, poodles should have access to a yard or park where they can run and play.

Poodle Training

Poodles are quick learners that excel in obedience training. They are often used in circus performances and dog shows because of their intelligence and ability to learn tricks. 

With proper training, Poodles can perform a variety of tricks, such as playing dead, walking on their hind legs, and retrieving objects. 

With patience and positive reinforcement, these intelligent dogs make almost anything possible.

Poodle Health Issues

Poodles are generally healthy dogs, but like all breeds, they are susceptible to certain health problems. Standard Poodles are prone to hip dysplasia, while Toy and Miniature Poodles are more likely to suffer from Luxating patella. 

Poodles of all sizes can also be afflicted with Von Willebrand’s disease, a blood clotting disorder. 

Poodles should be checked regularly by a veterinarian and have their teeth cleaned yearly to prevent dental problems.

Poodle Grooming

Poodles require regular grooming to maintain their signature curly coats. The coat can be clipped short or left long, but you must brush it regularly to prevent mats and tangles. 

Poodles should be bathed every two weeks to keep their coat clean and healthy. The Poodle’s ears need to be checked and cleaned on a regular basis to prevent infection.

Breed Identification

COLORS

Any Solid Color

HAIR LENGTH

Medium

Breed Care

GROOMING

Every day

EXERCISE NEEDS

Up to 1 hour per day

HEALTH CONDITIONS

Entropion, Corneal Dystrophy, Optic Nerve Hypoplasia, Addison's Disease, Mitral Valve Disease, Sebaceous Adenitis, Von Willebrand's disease

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