AKC PuppyFinder: Poodle Puppies
- Breed Traits
- Personality: Proud, active and very smart.
- Energy Level: Very Active; Poodles are enthusiastic walkers, runners, and swimmers. They're eager for all kinds of activity, and they enjoy keeping busy.
- Good with Children: Yes
- Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
- Shedding: Infrequent, Hypoallergenic
- Grooming: Daily
- Trainability: Eager To Please
- Height: 10 inches & under (toy), 10-15 inches (miniature), over 15 inches (standard)
- Weight: 4-6 pounds (toy, 10-15 pounds (miniature), 60-70 pounds (male standard), 40-50 pounds (female standard)
- Life Expectancy: 10-18 years
- Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
- Breed Description
Forget any idea you've had that the Poodle is a pampered empty-headed lap dog. Originally bred as a water retriever, the Poodle is extremely smart and very active. The combination of brains and beauty made them favorites of European royalty. While Standard Poodles are the best athletes, Miniature and Toy Poodles are also enthusiastic and energetic. Poodle puppies are eager to please and easily trained. They'll thrive on the challenge of learning new tricks or participating in dog sports. The non-allergenic coat is a big plus, too, for people suffering from allergies.
- History & Job
Year Recognized: 1887
Breed History & Job Description: Poodles are the national dog of France, and the French sure do love their Poodles. But it’s believed the breed originated as a duck hunter in Germany, where the word “pudelin” refers to splashing in water. The Standard came first, then it was bred down to the Miniature and Toy varieties. The Poodle’s elegance made them favorites of European royals. And thanks to their sharp minds and good looks, they have been star entertainers on TV and in movies.
Poodles are generally a healthy breed. Genetically inherited disorders (some of which do not manifest themselves for several years) are present in virtually every living creature and Poodles, unfortunately, are no exception. All three varieties of Poodles have been diagnosed with hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts, idiopathic epilepsy, sebaceous adenitis, von Willebrand's disease, and immune-mediated disorders, including disorders of the thyroid and adrenal glands. Other disorders that may have a genetic basis also occur, as they do in other breeds of dogs. Two orthopedic problems, Legg-Perthes and luxating patellas, are more likely to occur in Toy and Miniature Poodles than in Standards. The Standard variety is more likely to experience gastric dilatation with volvulus ("bloat") and sebaceous adenitis. Standards also can experience autoimmune disorders such as Addison's disease or Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia.
Recommended Health Test from the National Breed Club:
- Hip Evaluation (Miniature and Standard)
- Ophthalmologist Evaluation (Miniature, Standard, and Toy)
- PRA Optigen DNA Test (Miniature and Toy)
- Patella Evaluation (Miniature and Toy)
- Breed Club