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Standard and Miniature Poodle

Quick facts

Poodle Group: Non-Sporting
Height: Standard: greater than 15 Inches to 21 Inches
Miniature: greater than 10 to 15 Inches or less
Weight: Standard: 45-65 pounds
Miniature: 15-17 pounds
Colors: Any Solid Color
AKC recognized in: 1887

Unlike most dog breeds, the Poodle is recognized in three different size categories (Standard, Miniature, and Toy), and is classified into two different groups (Non-Sporting and Toy). The Teacup variety of Poodle is not recognized as a distinct standard by any of the kennel clubs. More information on the Toy Poodle can be found in the Toy Group.

The origin of the Poodle, like most other breeds, is controversial. The AKC recognizes the country of origination as Germany, where it is called the Pudel (splashing dog). Many other kennel clubs give the distinction to France. Denmark is yet another potential country of origin.

It is now considered the national dog of France, where it has commonly been used as a retriever of water fowl and in circus performances. This is where the common term "French Poodle" came from.

The classic look of partially shorn coat was originated to facilitate the Poodles ability to swim quickly in its capacity as a retriever. The portions that were unshorn were to keep the major joints warm while in the water.


Standard Poodle Summary
Affection three paws
Cold Tolerance three paws
Ease of Training five paws
Energy level three paws
Exercise Requirements four paws
Friendliness : Children five paws
Friendliness: Other Animals four paws
Friendliness: Other Pets four paws
Grooming Requirements five paws
Heat Tolerance three paws
Playfulness four paws
Protection Ability four paws
Watchdog Ability five paws

Miniature Poodle Summary
Affection four paws
Cold Tolerance three paws
Ease of Training five paws
Energy level four paws
Exercise Requirements three paws
Friendliness : Children four paws
Friendliness: Other Animals three paws
Friendliness: Other Pets three paws
Grooming Requirements five paws
Heat Tolerance three paws
Playfulness five paws
Protection Ability one paw
Watchdog Ability five paws

All three breeds of Poodle are highly intelligent and are among the most trainable breeds. All breeds also need to be with people and hate to be left alone.

The Standard Poodle is by far the calmest variety. It is a proud, dignified and good-natured dog. They are generally friendly (though reserved) with strangers, and are excellent around children. They make a fair watch dog, and some can be trained to hunt. They love to run, swim and retrieve.

The Miniature Poodle is cheerful, amusing, and clever, but is very sensative and will feel slighted if left out of family activities. This variety is great at learning tricks, making it a favorite for performing at circuses. They tend to be reserved with strangers, so should be socialized often and young. Some are great with children, while others tend to be sensitive and nervous around them. Some Miniature Poodles are high-strung. When buying a Miniature Poodle, try to purchase one that you have met its parents and liked them, and if possible the same with the grandparents.

Health and Exercise

Standard Poodles have an average life expectency of 10 to 13 years. Miniature Poodle average life span is 13 to 15 years.

Potential medical problems with Poodles include:

  • IMHA (Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia) - a condition where the dog's immune system begins attacking its own red blood cells
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • skin problems
  • allergies
  • obesity - especially for the Standard Poodle. It is recommended to feed this dog two to three smaller meals a day instead of one larger one.
  • Miniature Poodles may also be susceptable to slipped stifle, a condition causing temporary or permanent lameness.

All varieties of Poodle can do well in an apartment, as long as they are taken for daily walks. The Standard Poodle is typically not very active indoors, but will still do well without a yard. The Miniature Poodle is a lot more active indoors, but still need to be taken on a walk regularly.

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