The Poodle (also known as the “French Poodle” though this is something of a misnomer) is a non-sporting breed of dog that comes in three sizes – standard, miniature and toy. Each features long ears with a wiry, non-shedding coat in colors such as blue, grey, silver, brown and cream. The Poodle is one of the top companion breeds around the world for active owners and families while being equally suitable for aspiring dog groomers, allergy sufferers, for use as a circus dog, competitive obedience and agility or even in hunting as they were originally bred for.
Origins Of The Poodle
The Poodle is typically associated with France, though they are believed to have originated in Germany as early as the 15th century and were commonly used as water retrievers that would swim and collect game for hunters – giving them their original name, “Pudlehund” in German which would loosely translate to “dog that splashes about”. They are said to be a descendant of the Barbet and Hungarian Water Hound. Later they achieved popularity in France, Spain and England where smaller versions of the Poodle were developed in the 18th century.
Average Size Of The Poodle
Poodles are commonly known to come in three separate sizes – standard, miniature and toy. Standard Poodles are classed as a large-sized dog with a height of 22-27 inches tall from paw to shoulder and a weight of 40-80 pounds. Miniature Poodles measure 10-15 inches tall and weigh 15-20 pounds and are classified as a small-sized dog, whereas Toy Poodles like their name suggests are a toy-sized dog and this classification refers to any Poodle under 10 inches tall which usually weigh 6-9 pounds.
Temperament Of The Poodle
The Poodle is well-known for their playful, obedient and devoted temperament. They are sometimes reserved with unfamiliar people though well-socialized dogs can become very outgoing, which can often mean they are quite unsuitable as a guard dog.
The Poodle is also known to be extremely intelligent – placing 2nd compared to other dogs based on their capability to be trained obedience instructions.
They are recognized to be good with kids – meaning they are highly suitable as a family pet. The Poodle is quite compatible with other dogs and smaller animals such as cats if raised with them though due to their prey instinct may chase squirrels and other small animals when venturing outdoors.
Living Requirements Of The Poodle
The Poodle enjoys a small yard to run around in, but they are fairly suitable for apartment life if they are given enough exercise.
Health & Life Expectancy Of The Poodle
Similarly to many large-sized breeds, the Standard Poodle is generally shorter-lived than their smaller counterparts having a life expectancy of 10-13 years while the Miniature and Toy varieties have a life expectancy of 14-16 years with several living to be up to 20 years old. The leading health issue for Poodles has traditionally proven to be eye problems like cataracts, runny eyes or Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA). They can also be prone to conditions including Addison’s Disease, Von Willebrand’s Disease or bloat and hip dysplasia in Standard Poodles but are generally a very healthy breed.
Exercise Needs Of The Poodle
The Poodle loves activities such as chasing after a ball, learning tricks or going for a swim. They possess a high amount of energy but only require moderate-length walks each day to help keep them calm and manageable while inside the house.