Last updated: 2023-03-02

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The Poodle is a highly intelligent and elegant dog breed that comes in three sizes: standard, miniature, and toy. They have a distinctive curly coat that requires regular grooming, and are known for being hypoallergenic and low-shedding. Poodles are versatile and trainable, excelling in various activities such as obedience, agility, and hunting. They are also affectionate and loyal companions, making them a popular choice for families and individuals alike.

Usage areas

Poodles are still used as hunting dogs in some parts of the world, particularly in Europe, but they are more commonly kept as companion dogs. Poodles are known for their intelligence, trainability, and hypoallergenic coat, which makes them a popular choice for people with allergies.

Poodles also excel in a variety of dog sports, including agility, obedience, and conformation shows. Their high energy levels and natural athleticism make them well-suited to these activities.

Because of their intelligence and trainability, Poodles are often used as service dogs, particularly as guide dogs for the blind. They are also used as therapy dogs and are known for their gentle and affectionate nature.


Poodles are highly intelligent and trainable dogs with a lively and energetic temperament. They are generally friendly and social dogs that enjoy being around people and other animals, but may require early socialization and training to prevent shyness or aggression.


Overall, Poodles are generally considered to be a healthy breed with a long lifespan. However, like all breeds, they are prone to certain health issues.

One of the most common health issues in Poodles is hip dysplasia, which is a genetic condition that affects the hip joint and can lead to arthritis and lameness. Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), a genetic disorder that causes gradual blindness, is also relatively common in Poodles.

Other health issues that can affect Poodles include ear infections, allergies, skin conditions, and autoimmune diseases. Poodles may also be prone to certain types of cancer, particularly melanoma and hemangiosarcoma.

Many smaller poodles live to be older than 15 years.

Size and looks

Poodles come in three sizes: Standard, Miniature, and Toy. The Standard Poodle stands over 15 inches tall at the shoulder, the Miniature Poodle stands between 10 and 15 inches tall, and the Toy Poodle stands under 10 inches tall.

All Poodles have a distinctive, curly coat that can be a variety of colors, including black, white, brown, gray, and apricot. They have a long, narrow muzzle and long, floppy ears that hang close to their head. Poodles also have an alert and intelligent expression, and their overall appearance is one of grace and athleticism.

Fur care

Poodles have a dense, curly coat that requires regular grooming to prevent matting and tangling. Regular brushing and clipping is necessary to maintain their coat and prevent skin irritation, and professional grooming may be required every 6-8 weeks to keep their coat in good condition.

Fun fact

A fun fact about Poodles is that they were originally bred as water dogs, and their name actually comes from the German word "Pudel," which means "to splash in water." The Poodle's curly coat helped to protect it from the cold water while it retrieved game, and their webbed feet were perfect for swimming.