Could the Poodle Be the Perfect Match for You?

by PetCloud / Breed Search / 25 Jun 2020

Happy Poodle with tongue out

If you're looking for a faithful, active, and alert dog that makes a great family pet, then the poodle could be the perfect breed for you! Carry on reading to find out more about this great breed.


Breed Snapshot

  • Size: Toy (around 6 kg), Miniature (7 - 8 kg), Standard (around 35 kg)
  • Coat: Low-shedding coat. The poodle's coat is covered in tight curls that need regular bathing, trimming, and grooming.  
  • Energy: High-energy breed. Poodles of all sizes need plenty of exercise - at least 60 mins a day is recommended for standard poodles.
  • Lifespan: 12 - 15 years
  • Country of origin: Germany and France
  • Breed type: Poodles are members of the utility group. This breed is alert, intelligent and easy to train.
  • Other names: Caniche, Barbone
  • Great breed for:

•   Apartments or homes with a yard

•   Families with children


What is a poodle?

The exact origins of the poodle are unknown. Some people believe that the breed comes from France, but others think the breed has its roots in Germany. The name poodle is thought to derive from the old German word 'pudel' that means 'to splash in water'. Poodles were used in Germany to retrieve fowl and game from lakes and rivers. There are other theories that suggest the poodle comes from Africa, Spain, Portugal, or Denmark.

Poodles have a graceful appearance and come in three sizes: toy, miniature, and standard - the standard poodle being the oldest variety of poodle. They range in height from 24 to 60 cm and weight from 6 to 35 kg. These dogs are intelligent, playful, and easy to train.

The poodle's non-shedding coat is harsh, dense, and curly and can be clipped into various designs. If left unclipped, the hair hangs in tight cords. Poodles need regular bathing, grooming, and trimming to keep their coats clean and manageable. 


What does a poodle look like?

The poodle has a long, straight muzzle and long ears that hang close to the head. The paws are small, and the tail used to be docked to prevent it from getting caught in the undergrowth when the dog was working.

The poodle's most striking feature is undoubtedly its thick and curly coat that comes in a variety of solid colours, including black, white, cream, blue, sable, apricot, grey, and red.

What makes the poodle special?

Poodles are clever and energetic and are thought to be one of the most intelligent breeds in the world. They make energetic and playful family companions that are good with children and other pets. Poodles are also good at learning tricks and often excel in agility and obedience.  Poodles have also been crossed with a variety of other breeds over the years to produce intelligent dogs with non-shedding coats, such as the cockapoo, Labradoodle, goldendoodle, and cavapoo.

How often do I need to groom my poodle?

The poodle's curly coat needs brushing once or twice a week if the hair is kept short. If the dog has unclipped hair, it will need daily grooming to prevent matting. If any matted hair develops, it should be cut out gently with a pair of trimming scissors. Professional grooming, bathing, and trimming is recommended for this breed. Remember to check out the website for further details on grooming, bathing, and trimming services near you.

How often should I walk my poodle?

Poodles are energetic dogs and require plenty of playtime and regular walks. The standard poodle is the largest of the poodle types and requires at least 60 minutes of exercise a day.

How do I train my poodle?

Poodles can be a little stubborn at times, but they are smart and love to please their owners. Plenty of patience, understanding, and positive reinforcement will eventually produce a great, well-trained pet that will be a pleasure to take out. Early socialisation is also recommended to ensure that your dog copes well with other pets, children, and loud noises. Check out the website for more information and to find available Training sessions near you.

Quickfire poodle questions

How long will my poodle live?

Poodles have a good lifespan of around 12 to 15 years.

Can my poodle be left alone during the day?

Poodles are quite happy left home alone and will not develop destructive behaviour or barking issues.

Are poodles 'barkers'?

Poodles can be 'barkers' at times, as they are an observant breed and tend to bark every time they hear or see something new.

What kind of health risks do poodles face?

Poodles, like a number of other dog breeds, can suffer from a few health conditions, such as hip dysplasia, bloat, and Addison's disease.

Where can I get a poodle?

If you have now decided on this clever and versatile breed, you will obviously want to know where to get one from. It is important to find the best places in your area for purchasing a poodle. Search to find reputable breeders and avoid buying from pet shops, puppy mills, or online marketplaces. Remember that all three poodle sizes make lovable companions, but limited space in your home may make it impractical to choose a standard poodle.

You can also take a look at the RSPCA website that will guide you on how to adopt a puppy or dog.


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