Poodle | Dog Breed Guide

Poodle | Dog Breed Guide

by Scritch

Poodles are active and smart dogs. Whether choosing a toy, miniature, or standard poodle, they all stand proud and are great companions.

Weight - Female (standard): 40-50 pounds; Male (standard): 60-70 pounds; Miniature: 10-15 pounds

Height - Miniature: 10-15 inches; Standard: 15+ inches

Life Expectancy: 10-18 years

Group: Non-Sporting group

Temperament: intelligent, faithful, and active

Energy Level:

Ease of Training:

Grooming Requirements:

History and Personality

The poodle is one of the oldest breeds and were developed for hunting waterfowl. Many historians agree that poodles originated in Germany. However, they also believe that they have their own distinct breed in France. It’s believed that this breed crosses between many European water dogs, including Russian, Hungarian, German, French, Portuguese, and Spanish. Despite whichever assumptions are true, this is an old breed. Poodles were rare in the United States until after World War II. The breed started becoming quite popular as of the mid-1950s.

Poodles are known for their high intelligence and how easy they are to train. They are active and fun-loving dogs. Because of their constant need for attention, poodles can take on bad habits like barking if ignored or left alone for long periods of time. However, this is possible to overcome with proper training.

This breed comes in a few different sizes: the standard, miniature and toy poodle. Each of the poodles has a distinct square outline. They have a straight back with a long, elegant neck. Their tail waves gently as it is docked but not short. Poodles tend to be mostly legs with an overabundance of curly fur that needs regular grooming.

Most poodles only bark if they hear someone at the door, which makes them ideal watchdogs. Some poodles can bark a lot, but if you correct the behavior early on, it won’t be as bad. Poodles must get plenty of regular exercise because of their high energy level.

This breed is good with children and isn’t overly excited, so you don’t have to worry about the dog knocking over a small child. Keep in mind that not all poodles are good with kids. It depends on if they are raised with a child. Unless raised from puppyhood with cats, poodles don’t tend to get along with cats.


Poodles have fur that continues to grow and will require occasional trimming. How often you should groom a poodle depends on the length of their fur. Standard poodles should be groomed once every 4-6 weeks. However, they do require baths in between grooming visits.

Energy Level

Poodles are active dogs. It’s best to let them run around outside each day. Taking them for walks would also be sufficient.

Health Concerns

  • Epilepsy
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Addison’s Disease
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Bloat
  • Thyroid Issues
  • Hypoglycemia

With several potential health issues, veterinary appointments are important. Enrolling in a pet insurance plan can save you from being overwhelmed by vet bills.