Poodles Have Style
Size: Small to
Lifespan: 13 to 16 years
Activity Level: High
Coat: Dense, Fluffy, Curly
Temperament: Hyper, Playful, Affectionate
Information / Facts: The Poodle breed originated in Germany. There are three different types of poodles, to include the Standard Poodle, the Miniature Poodle and the Toy Poodle. Unlike other breeds, which are typically measured by their weight, Poodles are measured by their height. According to American Kennel Club standards, the Standard Poodle is any Poodle standing 15 inches high or taller. Miniature Poodles are 11 to 14 inches tall, and Toy Poodles stand below 10 inches tall. Poodles are very intelligent and have a keen sense of smell. They are also very prey-driven. These characteristics make them ideal for working dogs, and they have been in military service since the 19th century. Poodles have a single coat, unlike other breeds of dogs. This coat is fluffy and soft, and generally curly. Many owners opt to have their Poodle clipped in one of many trendy styles.
Pros: Poodles are great with kids and shed very little. Their coat is considered to be hypoallergenic, so they are a good choice for owners who have allergies but still want a dog. They also have very high energy levels, so they are great for people who want an exercise buddy to walk or jog with. Poodles are also extremely intelligent, so they pick up on new things quickly and can put their new skills to work right away.
Cons: Poodles have a lot of energy and need a fenced yard or a place they can run. A walk or two a day is also ideal. When left to their own devices, Poodles will get into mischief due to boredom, so it's important to keep them well-exercised. In addition, because of the way the fur grows into their ears and traps dirt and wax, Poodles are very prone to ear infections. It is important to clean your Poodles ears regularly and have your vet check them at each visit.