Poodles are just about one of the best breeds of dogs to own. They are incredibly intelligent and are commonly mixed with other breeds because of that intelligence. They're also fairly simple to train because they're so smart. Actually, these dogs are so fun and pleasant to be around (and not to mention smart) that they're oftentimes taken advantage of for uses as service dogs and in therapy work. The Poodle (Standard, Miniature, Toy) is a very friendly family dog that's excellent around small children. They're also generally good with other animals that you've got in your household. If you're into adventure and exercise, bring a Poodle along. They're proficient swimmers, love to run, and are excellent at retrieving. Best of all, if you suffer from allergies, this dog may not be as bad as others in this regard. This breed grows hair as opposed to fur, so it sheds much less than other dogs. It will require regular grooming though.
Continue reading to learn more about Poodles, a dog that's bred three differnt sizes; Miniature (Tiny), Toy, and Standard. We'll focus primarily on the Standard Poodle below.
Popularity: Extremely popular.
Trainability: Being exceptionally intelligent and agile, it's no tough chore to train a Poodle. These dogs do well in a variety of scenarios, from obedience training to canine sports to tracking. With a consistent and patient approach, you should have your Poodle trained in no time. Just be sure to stay positive and challenge the dog with different activities, such as dock diving and retrieving.
Size/Weight: Small to medium sized dogs, weighing in at an average of 12-70 pounds.
Origin Location/Date: It's common knowledge to think the Poodle breed originated in France, but evidence suggests that it was actually first created in Asia. The dog was initially bred as a gun dog and retriever, not the show dog we see so frequently today. It also served as a guide dog and circus dog due to its trainability, temperament and intelligence. During the 1900s, the Poodle was introduced to the United States where is climbed in popularity to the nation's most popular, before being dethroned from that position by the Labrador Retriever.
Energy Level: All three sizes of Poodles are high energy dogs. The great thing about them is that they're not difficult to please. They'll do anything you want to do, as long as it's fun. From swimming to retrieving to jogging daily, they'll be by your size taking it all in. Poodles are exceptional at playing fetch and hiking, so grab and few sticks and go get in the woods with your dog.
Temperament: Poodles are people pleasing dogs. They're friendly and they enjoy the company of other dogs as well as a variety of people. They're funny dogs as well and will keep your spirits high. They're actually known as natural born clowns. If you keep your attention on them, they'll excel. You can train them to do all sorts of tricks and they'll be willing to learn all you can throw at them. They're very smart too, so be careful. It wouldn't be unheard of for a Poodle to outwit a human.
Necessary Space: The space requirements for the dog depend on which size you buy. If it's one of the smaller breeds, Toy or Miniature, you'll be fine in an apartment type setting. Those dogs are good in smaller living quarters. When it comes to the Standard Poodle though, you'll want more room due to its size as well as bouncy and playful personality. Since this dog wants to play and exercise so much, it's best to have it live in a larger house with a fenced in back yard.
Talents: Poodles are some of the most versatile dogs available. They're insanely smart and are athletic and eager. The Standard Poodle is also fast and strong. You'll be surprised at what he can accomplish under a variety of circumstances. These dogs are wonderful athletes.
Life Expectancy: 10-18 years.
Group: Non-Sporting Group.
A few terms and phrases to describe the typical Poodle puppy and dog: clown, funny, smart, intelligent, eager to please, companionable, hunting dog, retriever, popular, enjoys swimming, loves to exercise, great family dog, good with kids, friendly, love to do tricks, and easily trainable.