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Poodle Dog Breed Information

Poodle Quick Facts
Breed Group: Gun dog
Origen: Germany
Nickname: Teddy Poodle
Weight: Toy: 6-9 lbs. Miniature: 15-17 lbs and Standard: 45-70 lbs
Height: Toy: 10 inches, Miniature: 10 -15 inches and Standard: over 15 inches
Color(s): Black, white, silver, gray, cream, apricot, red, white, brown, or café

Poodle Appearance

The poodle breed is found in three varieties, toy, miniature and standard sizes. The Toy Poodle is 10 inches, the Miniature Poodle is between 10 -15 inches and the Standard Poodle is over 15 inches. Most poodles have a dense, curly, non-shedding coat that requires regular grooming.

The skull is moderately rounded with a slight but definite stop. It has a long, straight muzzle. The dark, oval shaped eyes are set somewhat far apart and are black or brown and the tail is usually poofy. The coat is either curly or corded. It comes in all solid colors including black, white, silver, gray, cream, apricot, red, white, brown, or cafe-au-lait, but never parti-colored.

Poodle Temperament

The Poodle is one of the most intelligent and trainable of all breeds. This is a proud looking, and intelligent dog, that is very quick to learn and is easy to train. The more intelligent a dog is the more they need their minds occupied. Poodles like to be in the center of things and are easily trained to do astonishing tricks involving both brains and agility. They can be high-strung if not given the proper type and amount of exercise.

Is Poodle the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Poodle is loyal and protective of his loved ones, and makes a relatively effective watchdog. He gets along well with children, but is best suited to older children. The Poodle is a dog that will suit both inexperienced and experienced dog owners. You should socialize your Poodle early on to promote a steady temperament, as some can be timid or nervous. If you tend to be away a lot it is best not to consider this breed, as they do need plenty of attention.

They are eager to please their owners, and make excellent family pets. The Poodle does have a fair amount of energy and does need regular exercise. This breed cannot live outside in a kennel.

Poodle Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the Poodle is 12-15 or more years. The most common causes of death were cancer, old age, GDV (bloat/torsion, and cardiac disease.

Poodle Health problems

A long-lived breed, Poodles are, subject to many genetic diseases. Some are prone to IMHA (Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia), slipped stifle, diabetes, epilepsy, thyroid issues (hyperthyroid and hypothyroid), Addison’s disease, tracheal collapse, sebaceous adenitis, juvenile renal disease, hip dysplasia, heart disorders, PRA, runny eyes, ear infections, digestive tract problems and cancer.

Also they are susceptible to eye problems such as cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy which can cause blindness. Allergies are common, sometimes to shampoo. Brown Poodles tend to become prematurely gray.

Poodle Care and Grooming

Poodle is an active breed and requires daily exercise.  Play will take care of a lot of their exercise needs. They will also enjoy to run in an open area off lead, such as a large fenced in yard. The Poodle can accommodate nearly any size living housing.

His hypoallergenic coat may reduce allergic reactions, but requires regular professional grooming. Poodles must be bathed regularly and clipped every six to eight weeks to keep them looking the best. Clean and check the ears frequently for wax or mites or infection and pull out hairs growing inside the ear canal. Since the coat does not shed it needs to be clipped.

Poodle Shedding

Poodles have a single layer (no undercoat) of dense, curly fur that sheds minimally and could be considered hypoallergenic (though not completely allergen free), they are not as likely to trigger allergies as much as many other breeds.

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