Thinking about purchasing an Poodle? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Poodle breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Poodle owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Poodle and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Poodle Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Poodle and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
The Standard Poodle is an active, intelligent and elegant dog. They are squarely built, well-proportioned, moving soundly and carrying themselves proudly. They still retain their ability as a gundog and swim well. Intelligent and eager to learn makes them popular in obedience trials. Steady, smart and loyal they will do anything an owner could wish for including obedience, shows, tricks, hunting and retrieving. Poodles are happy good tempered dogs who make a good family pets. Favored among asthma sufferers, they have a hypoallergenic, shed-free, woolly coat. The Poodle makes an excellent family pet who will adapt to any situation and will try anything an owner wants. Poodles are very trainable and efficient to the owner who wants an obedient dog. They are affectionate with their family, a little wary with strangers, but still accepting of them. They love to be around family and friends, and should not be left alone for long periods of time. They have had clownish haircuts in the past, in which the owners were allowed to carve any design they wanted into the fur. Today the breed has the standard poodle cut, but if they aren't being shown they can simply be trimmed down. They are thought to be extremely intelligent and very obedient. They come in any solid color, and have very curly, thick fur. Poodles have natural drop ears and a puff of fur on top of the head. Spirited and lively, the Poodle is an energetic and happy breed.
Other Names: Barbone, Caniche (from chien canard, meaning "duck dog"), Pudle
Type: Companion Dog
Height: Over 15
inches; 22 - 27 inches.
Colors: They come
in all solid colors. Ears or head
can sometimes be a darker shade.
Poodles are intelligent, lively, quick to mimic and learn. They are highly intelligent
and very obedient. Poodles love to be around humans and are not good for kenneling.
They are good with other pets and children, but wary with strangers, although
they do warm up to them. They are friendly and affectionate, and are slightly
less sensitive than their Miniature siblings. He is a gentleman in the home.
They are jubilant, athletic and hearty in the show ring.
Watch-dog: High. Poodles
are very alert.
Poodle Care and Exercise:
Frequent trimming, brushing and shampooing of the coat. Ears must be kept very
clean. Nails trimmed short and teeth brushed weekly. Even the
pet poodle should attend the canine beauty parlor every six weeks or so. Standard
Poodles enjoy a fair amount of exercise like swimming and retrieving, walks
or free run. Makes a great jogging partner.
Activity: Medium - Low.
They are not an overly-excitable breed.
Living Environment: A home with a fenced yard is preferred as Standard Poodles are energetic dogs who enjoy exercise. An owner of a Poodle should desire a smart, happy, dog who excels in obedience. The best owner for this breed would be an active family living in the suburbs or rural country.
Poodle Health Issues: Hip dysplasia, stifle problems, Addison's disease, epilepsy, luxating patellas, PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), renal disease, skin disorders, sebaceous adenitis, thyroid problems and bloat. Bloat is a health concern to most breeds, being the largest killer of dogs second only to cancer. It is also known as gastric torsion or twisted stomach.
Life Span: 10 - 13 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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