The Poodle comes in 3 varieties. This differentiation is based only on the height of the dog. Apart from the height all other standards are very similar for the 3 types.
Standard Poodle: Height should be more than 15” ~Weight 40-70 lb
Miniature Poodle: Height should be 11-15” ~Weight 15-17 lbs.
Toy Poodle: Height should be up to 10” ~Weight 6-9 lbs.
The actual origin of the Poodle is a bit controversial; some claim Germany as their birthplace, ampoule but the consensus seems to be France, price where they are considered a national breed. The Poodle did, however, derived its name from the German word “Pudel” which means “one who plays in water”. This breed was originally used for waterfowl retrieving. Hunters designed the “Poodle Clip” (the funny hairdo) to enhance the efficiency of the dog to move in the water. In show competition it is called the “Continental Clip” and is required by some clubs. The Standard Poodle is believed to be the oldest of the Poodle varieties. The Toy and Miniature Poodles were bred down from the Standard Poodle. Poodles were first recognized by the AKC in 1887 and have now become one of the most popular breeds in the world.
The Poodle is an active, adorable, alert and highly responsive family dog. This exceptionally intelligent breed is very easy to train and with proper training the breed can be good with children and other pets. Poodles may look dainty and demur, but in truth, these are high-stamina dogs with a stellar range of skills, including agility, obedience, hunting and herding. Your pretty Poodle could be a sporty competitor in addition to a beautiful show dog.
Poodles do not accept strangers easily and are quick to bark at things they hear making them excellent watchdogs. This dog forms a strong bond with its family and needs lots of human attention. Poodles always want something to do and usually do not prefer to be idle. This active breed loves to play a lot; play fulfills the biggest part of its exercise needs but a daily walk is also recommended to keep the dog healthy. Lack of exercise may cause the development of behavioral problem in any dog.
The Standard Poodle has a graceful, medium-sized frame with a rounded skull, a long head and muzzle, oval eyes and wide, close-hanging ears. They have long legs that give them a springy step, docked tails (usually) and compact feet. The coat is sometimes curly and wiry, sometimes soft and wavy, and can be any solid color. Poodles are also seen in parti, phantom, brindle and abstract colors; however, these colors are sometimes not recognize for competition by some dog clubs.
The Poodle’s hypoallergenic coat sheds little to no hair. Even as a family pet, the poodle needs daily maintenance to keep its coat clean and healthy. Its coat should be brushed frequently to avoid any tangles and mats. Poodles should be bathed regularly and clipped every four to six weeks. The ears and eyes of the dog should be cleaned regularly and the toe nails should be trimmed properly. Hair around the ears, eyes and paws should be trimmed regularly.
Poodles are generally a healthy and long-lived breed with relatively few major health problems. They make a wonderful addition to the family.