Very intelligent – one of the smartest dog breeds. lively, good natured, friendly, proud, athletic, affectionate and extremely loyal. This is a thinking dog.
Exercise/Activity Level: High. Needs a lot of exercise and free running to let off steam. 2 hours per day, easily more. Loves to swim and anything athletic – agility, flyball and field sports.
Size: Medium to large. 16-24 inches
Weight: 45-65 lbs
Colour: Wide variety including black, white, cream, tan and particolour
Town or Country: Country or urban fringe with access to the country
Low Allergy: Yes
Best Suited for: Active, outdoorsy, country households with lots of space, who would love to harness this dog’s great intelligence with lots of training and fun and energetic ‘sports’.
Originally From: Unknown – but used in Germany in the 1600s as a duck retriever
Original Purpose: Working. Duck retriever
Living Space: High – indoors and out. Large fenced garden is a must.
Coat: Short, soft, curly.
Grooming: Medium to high. As pets the coat is usually clipped short to minimise grooming. Should be washed fairly frequently as their coats get greasy and should be trimmed every 6 weeks or so. Remember to check the teeth frequently for tartar build-up and hand pluck excessive hair growing inside the ears.
Children: High. Loves people and bonds extremely well. The standard poodle is great with older or more robust children.
Sociability with strangers: High if socialised early
Sociability with animals or other dogs: High if socialised early
Trainability: High. Very smart, loves to learn. Does extremely well at obedience, agility, etc.
Noise Level: Medium – will announce visitors by barking and make a good watch dog.
Known Health Issues: Most common are bloat and a skin disease (sebaceous adenitis). Other known are hip dysplasia, diabetes, epilepsy, heart disease, eye disease (cataracts, glaucoma) and Von Wilhelm's Disease. Poodle buyers should ask to see both parents’ hip dysplasia screening results as well as eye testing results. Also ask about bloat, VWD and skin diseases in the breeding line.
Lifespan: 10-12 years
There are three varieties of poodle. This profile is for the standard poodle.