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Breeds 101

Poodles

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Poodles are one of the top ten most popular breeds.

Fifty years ago, the poodle was the world’s most popular dog – a fashion accessory in cities worldwide. With popularity, however, came indiscriminate breeding for quantity, not quality. Both physical and behavioral problems crept into this alert and highly trainable breed, and it fell from favor.

Today’s Poodles were developed in Germany as water retrievers; the trademark poodle clip was designed by hunters to help the dogs move through the water, the remaining hair left on to keep vital organs warm.

The breed, which became popular in France, comes in three varieties: Standard (the oldest), Miniature, and Toy.

Today, safe in the hands of knowledgeable breeders, small poodles are once more reliable companions.
Miniaturization sometimes brings with it a heightened puppy-like dependence upon people, but in the case of poodles, sound individuals retain powerfully independent personalities.

At their best, these dogs are exceptionally responsive, trainable and thoughtful.

Poodles are one of the top ten most popular breeds.

Size: Small and large; Miniature 10 to 15 inches, 12 to 20 pounds; Standard 22 to 27 inches, 40 to 80 pounds.

Color: Blue, gray, silver, brown, apricot, cream…

Temperament: Miniature is playful, responsive, obedient, devoted; good with children, may bark a lot. Standard is intelligent, obedient, active, playful; good with older children.

High energy level.

Best owner: Active owners with dedication to grooming (the Poodle’s low-shed coat may reduce allergic reactions but requires extensive grooming).

Needs: Daily exercise (more for Standards), mental challenges (obedience), leash, fenced yards, companionship, daily grooming plus clipping and scissoring every five weeks.

Life expectancy: Miniature poodles, 14 to 16 years; Standard poodles, 10 to 13 years.