Poodle Breed Information and Photos

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Poodle 2Breed Description: The Poodle is a squarely built and well proportioned dog breed that comes in three distinct sizes, Standard (large), Miniature (medium), and Toy (small). First developed by Europeans as gun dogs for retrieving from water, they are one of the most intelligent and versatile breeds of dog and make wonderful family pets.

Group: Non-Sporting, Toy

Purpose of Breed: Gun dogs, water retrievers

Country of Origin: Europe

Average Size: Standard Poodles range from 21 inches to 27 inches; Miniature Poodles are no more than 15 inches tall and Toy Poodles are no more than 10 inches tall. "Royal", "Tea Cup" and "Tiny Toy" are not recognized or registrable varieties of poodle.

Color(s): Any solid color.

Coat Type: Coats are either curly (most common) or corded, and have a naturally harsh texture.

Grooming: Poodles are minimal shedders. The curly coat of this breed is easy to groom and keep clean. Dogs not maintaining the poodle clip will still need to be trimmed periodically to maintain a healthy and manageable coat. This breed requires standard care for pads and nails. Ears and eyes should be examined regularly.

Exercise Needs: Poodles are active dogs that enjoy running, swimming and playing. Their exercise requirements depend somewhat on their size, but all poodles require adequate physical and mental challenges to maintain their health. Poodles should be kept on a lead while walking and ideally, be provided with a fenced yard.


Temperament: This is one of the most intelligent and obedient of all of the dog breeds. Poodles are energetic, trainable, and although they are somewhat suspicious of strangers, they get along well with all manner of people and companion animals.

Common Ailments: Susceptible to hip dysplasia, PRA, Von Willebrand's Disease, thyroid problems. Patellar Luxation, Legg-Perthe's Disease, Addison's disease and skin problems. .

Life Expectancy: Averages 10-13 years

Trivia: Poodles are clipped for a purpose that is not just merely decorative. It is a clip that is meant to allow for easier swimming, and to protect the joints and vital organs while the dog retrieves in cold water.

More Information: Poodle club of America, Inc. Poodle 1

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October 7, 2008

White Poodle.Does anyone know what Poodle breed my dog is? I've been told he's a miniature Poodle purebred, but he seems way too big. What do you think?

Jennifer from Riverside, CA


By brenda (Guest Post)
October 7, 20080 found this helpful

Your dog looks a lot like my mom's dog, a bischon frise. Maybe yours is a mix.

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By jean (Guest Post)
October 7, 20080 found this helpful

The picture looks like my miniature apricot poodle, Pookie, who had his papers to prove he was purebred. He weighed 11 pounds. How much does your dog weigh? The AKC standard fo a miniature poodle is based on height at the shoulders, and for miniatures, it is more than 10" up to 15".


Pookie was 12" tall. He died last fall at the age of 17.5.

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By Robin (Guest Post)
October 8, 20080 found this helpful

There's a variety of sizes in these dogs. I used to groom dogs and I have seen that many times. Looks like a poodle to me.

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October 8, 20080 found this helpful

I agree with bichon frise. The tails are not docked. They can be from 8 pouinds to 34 it seems. They are wonderful, joyful, loving dogs. You are so lucky to have one. I have a puppymill rescue, Candie who is a bichon.

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By Heather (Guest Post)
October 8, 20080 found this helpful

Definitely looks like a Bichon Frise.I have one and he is 22 lbs, long and lean. Same face. The tails are on the longer side and curl up.

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October 9, 20080 found this helpful

We have a cream colored cockapoo and he looks almost just like her!

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October 9, 20080 found this helpful

Definately a toy or minature poodle. Like my baby boy.

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By Angie (Guest Post)
October 13, 20080 found this helpful

Definitely a poodle. I have 5 miniature and 4 toys. It looks like mine. Do you have papers for it?

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November 2, 20080 found this helpful

I had a bischon frise that looked almost exactly like that, either that or a poodle.

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March 11, 2014

I just bought a Toy Poodle that is 3 months old. It is afraid to come to me or my boyfriend or anyone. Once you get it, it will let you hold it and it will love it, but other than that it will run from you!

By Sarah

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March 26, 2013

I want to let my dog have one litter of puppies. She is 12 inches to the shoulder. What size would be the safest, as I've only found 14 inch miniatures to stud? Would this be safe as my dog is petite? The studs I've seen seem a lot bigger and broader although they are miniature poodles too. Thanks for your time?

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Please don't breed your little dog. The sire should always be smaller than the dam and you could endanger your dog's life.
If you do decide to do this anyway, please keep your little dog under a good vet's care for the duration of her pregnancy. She could very well have trouble birthing the pups and might require a C-section.

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August 26, 2009

Kiara (Ki-ki) is 10 months old and a Blue Standard Poodle. We got her about a month ago from a friend as a gift!

Kiara (Blue Standard Poodle)

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I was in a reminiscent mood yesterday and pulled out all of the photo albums. This photo in particular gave me oodles of forgotten giggles and I just have to share the giggles with you.

Chloe the Poodle Looking up at Camera

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Skipper is my 9 year old Poodle. We adopted Skipper 4 months ago. His owner passed away and the son wanted to find him a good home.


Our 15 year old Poodle mix passed away 2 years ago. Once we met Skipper, it was love at first lick!

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February 3, 2011

Rudy is a 2 year old standard Poodle. We rescued Rudy from a puppy mill in Oregon when he was just a couple of months old. He likes to chase, hide and seek, play ball, and play with his other dog buds. He is a very loving and affectionate dog.

Rudy (Toy Poole)

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March 5, 2011

Molly is 6 year old Poodle. I had her mother Cocoa and I delivered her. Molly plays with a rubber ring. I throw it in the air and she catches it, she will even chase it if I roll it outside.

Molly (Poodle)

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October 12, 2014

I got Lucy from my sister-in-law's, sister-in-law.

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