Is the Poodle Right For Me?

What are Poodles really like? 

  • Poodles are highly intelligent
  • They are the clowns of the dog world, possessing a keen sense of humor
  • Poodles are very loyal to their humans
  • They are also playful, affectionate, good-natured, eager to please, energetic and elegant in appearance
  • Poodles are mild-mannered, yet protective, great family watchdogs, yet very gentle with children
  • They are sturdy dogs with life expectancy averaging between 12 and 18 years (depending on size)

The Poodle truly is a breed of dog who bonds very strongly with each member of their human family – they’re not a “one person dog”. Each individual Poodle has their own unique and special personality – that’s one of the reasons why we become so attached to them.

Lady walking a poodle

Poodles as a breed tend to be more intuitive that most of the other breeds, and are extremely sensitive to their human companions feelings. The breed as a long and valued history when it comes to a work ethic, but paradoxically seem to have a sense of humor and are known for making people laugh.

Poodles as Famous Entertainers

Poodles in the circus
Poodles have a reputation as circus dogs, trick dogs and great entertainers. Poodles due to their high intelligence, train-ability and their ability to make people laugh have been huge stars in many dog acts over the past 100 years! They have been notorious and famous circus dogs and been included in some of the biggest circus shows like Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and many others!

A Poodle act even won America’s Got Talent! Check out the Olate Dogs on YouTube! 

Vintage Poodle Pictures

Poodles are very people orientated and eager to please. This breed is typically very close to its owners and is not an overly independent, ‘standoffish’ breed. Poodles can excel at therapy and service work. In regard to children, it is the Standard and Moyen size Poodles that do best with children. Poodles are very patient and protective of their families children and make great companions for children of all ages. Children must still be taught proper handling and playing rules when it comes to any breed of dog.

Barking is minimal to moderate (depending on training and exercise you provide).

Poodles in competition

Poodles in the show ring and competition

Poodles have been winning titles against the more widely used native breeds like the Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, American Water Spaniel and Labrador Retriever.

Thus far 13 Standard Poodles have won Master Hunt titles (12 in the United States, 1 in Canada) and several more have won senior and junior titles on both sides of the border.

Currently only the United Kennel Club in the US recognizes the Standard Poodle as a Sporting dog, thus in spite of this subtype of poodle being ineligible for field competitions more and more are appearing in the field as waterfowl dogs and hunters of pheasant in tall grass, the latter especially in the Midwest.

poodles in work and sport - hunting poodles - bird dogs

Poodles in Work and sport

Traditionally the Standard Poodle, the largest of the breed, was a retriever or gun dog, used in particular for duck hunting and sometimes upland bird hunting.

The breed has been used for fowl hunting in US and Canada since the early 1990s, in and out of hunting tests. The modern Standard retains many of the traits prized by their original owners: a keen working intelligence that makes the dog easy to command, webbed feet that make it an agile swimmer (all of the poodle’s ancestors and descendants had or share the love of water) athletic stamina, and a moisture-resistant, curly coat that acts like a wool jumper in the water and damp conditions.

Standard Poodle

Standard Poodles Size

Like most large breed dogs, to support good manners and household etiquette, standard poodles must have regular walks and daily exercise. Standard Poodles are a poor choice for people who live in apartments, condos or small homes without a yard.

The Standard size Poodle is the oldest size of the breed. Moyen, Miniature and Toy Poodles were developed by selectively breeding down to produce the smaller sizes.

A standard poodle is taller than 15 inches at the highest point of the shoulder, with no upper size limit.

Royal and Giant Standard Poodles

Most standards are between the 22 and 27-inch range and weigh approximately 40-60 pounds. Some Standard Poodles can be VERY tall and breeders call these super tall poodles “Royal and Giant Standard Poodles”.

The Standard Poodle is anything from 15″-20″, the Royal Poodle is from 20″-25″ tall, and the Giant Poodle is anything above 25″.  The average size for a “Standard” poodle is around 24″-26″ at the shoulder for males and 22″-24″ at the shoulder for females.  

I have heard of “Giant” poodles being upwards of 33″ before! That is a TALL dog!

So if you’re not ready for a dog that size make sure your know how TALL your poodle puppies parents are not just how much they weigh! 

Moyen Poodles

Moyen Poodle Size (Medium/Small Standard)

Moyen Poodle Stars of Texas breeds the small and moyen size Poodle.

The Moyen poodles temperament is very similar to the standard poodle. The only real difference should be in the size but this greatly depends on the breeder and the moyen poodle bloodline. The Moyen poodle size falls in between the Miniature and Standard Poodle size. Not an official AKC size variation, however has become very popular outside the USA and now has started to see a rise in popularity in the USA as well.

  • Moyen Poodle Height: 15 – 20 inches (38 – 50 cm)
  • Moyen Poodle Weight: 20 – 30 pounds (9 – 13 kg)

*average sizes

Poodle Coats

Unlike most dogs which have double coats, poodles have a single layer coat (no undercoat is present) composed of dense, curly fur that sheds minimally. They could be considered hypoallergenic (though not completely allergen free). The poodle does shed, but instead of the fur coming off the dog, it becomes tangled in the surrounding hair. This can lead to matting without proper care. Texture ranges from coarse and woolly to soft and wavy. Poodle show clips require many hours of brushing and care per week, about 10 hours/week for a Standard Poodle. Poodles are usually clipped down into lower-maintenance cuts as soon as their show careers are over. Pet clips are much less elaborate than show clips and require much less maintenance.

Grooming Requirements

A Poodle pet owner can anticipate grooming a poodles coat every six to eight weeks depending on the length you desire and how often you comb and brush your Poodle.

Poodles have dense fur which mats easily. Poodles should be brushed daily if you want to keep your Poodle in a fuller coat and bathed twice monthly with a mild oatmeal shampoo or baby shampoo. You can also keep your poodle in a very short clip and cut back on the need to brush them as often.
Proper care must be taken to maintain clean eyes to prevent infection.
Nails Your pet’s nails should be trimmed at a minimum of every four weeks. Dogs that regularly walk on pavement tend to wear down on their own, and do not need to be trimmed as frequently. Long nails should be cut every 2-3 weeks to help wear down the quicks.
Regular dental cleanings by a veterinarian is recommended also a good-quality dry food and an ample supply of rawhide “chewies” or other treats designed to clean the teeth. Many people also regularly brush their poodle’s teeth with specially-formulated canine toothpaste.
Poodles have a propensity to develop ear infections. Their full, floppy ears provide the ideal warm, moist environment for yeast and bacteria. Healthy poodle ears should be cleaned on a regular basis.




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