Carrying himself proudly, very active, intelligent and elegant-appearing dog, squarely built, well proportioned, moving soundly. The Poodle has about him an air of distinction and dignity peculiar to himself. He is a versatile and wonderful companion, a charming animal, pleasing to live with in every way. Gifted with grace and intelligence, all-knowing with great intuitiveness. A playmate for children and a comfort to the elderly. A family member. Whatever the situation calls for he becomes. When engaged, the poodle can be funny and frolicsome, hamming it up in playful situations.
Females: Preferred height at the withers is over 15 inches, and roughly 45 – 55 pounds. Males: Preferred height at the withers is over 15 inches, and roughly 55 - 70 pounds.
All pure colors, such as black, gray, cream, blue, apricot, white, red, or brown. Parti or two or more colors would be disqualified. NOTE: These are sometimes sold as “rare”.
10 to 15 years.
A playmate for children and a comfort to the elderly. A family member. Whatever the situation calls for he becomes.
Does well with other animals.
Exceptionally smart, active and excels in obedience training.
They should be brushed several times a week and clipped regularly, about every month to 6 weeks. Ears must be cleaned and hair that grows in them plucked to discourage ear infections.
Poodles can be prone to some eye and skin conditions, ear infections, hip dysplasia, and bloating.
Someone who does not want to deal with the grooming, ear plucking or is looking for a couch potato.
To own a poodle is to be captivated. Poodles are quick-witted with a sense of humor, inventing games especially with each other and children. They are eager to be included in everything their family does whether camping, hiking or offering a knowing look to the disabled with grace and sensitivity. His hypoallergenic coat may reduce allergic reactions.
Requires regular grooming, which can be costly, and keeping ears cleaned to avoid infection.
AKC website for Poodles
Dogster for Poodles
Puget Sound Poodle Club