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Poodle History

The Standard and Miniature Poodle are two distinct breeds of poodle. The Standard and Miniature Poodle are two distinct breeds of poodle. The Schnauzer, or “shau-zah”, is a toy-sized spitz-type herding and watchdog originally from Germany, with a distinctive beard and moustache. The modern schnauzer descends from the Austro-Hungarian (Czech) schnauzer, which was developed in the 1880s from a combination of four former separate breeds: the gray (or grey) parti-colored (black and tan), the black and tan, the haarfarbig (red and white), and the affenpinscher (wirehaired). All four are descended from the ancient spitz-type dogs of Central Europe. The Danziger (Danzig) schnauzer is a very similar-looking dog, but it is not considered to be part of the Austro-Hungarian group. The schnauzer was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1888.

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Poodle Physical Characteristics

The Poodle is a medium-sized pet dog that typically stands between 14 and 19 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 40 and 50 pounds. They have a medium length, flat, straight, and silky coat that is white, apricot, silver, black, or a mix of these colors. They have a round head, small nose, and almond-shaped eyes. The Poodle is very intelligent and is happiest when they are given a job to do. They are used to being included in family activities.

Eye Colors

Brown, Amber

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Height Range

Male Height Range: 15 – 21 inches

Female Height Range: 15 – 21 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 60 – 70 lbs

Female Weight Range: 40 – 50 lbs

Poodle Health

Description of breed health.


10-18 yrs

Poodle Health Concerns

Sebaceous Adenitis, Von Willebrand’s Disease, Addison’s Disease, Mitral Valve Disease, Entropion, Cushing’s Disease, Idiopathic Epilepsy, Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) or Bloat

Poodle Temperament and Behaviour

The Poodle is an energetic, smart, and well-mannered dog. They are extremely loyal to their owners and make great companions. They are generally very playful, but are also trustworthy and obedient. They are very sensitive and typically do not respond well to harsh or heavy-handed discipline.

Poodle Activity Requirements

Poodles are a highly intelligent, elegant, and graceful dog. They were originally bred in Germany as hunting dogs and are one of only a few breeds that continued to exist after the dog show era. A poodle’s need for activity is based on their size and energy level. Miniature and Toy Poodles are good choices for apartment dwellers, as they are both small and don’t require much space. Standard and Medium-sized poodles do require a fair amount of exercise and would do best in homes with yards. Most poodles can be trained to do basic obedience as well as compete in dog sports, such as agility and flyball. Because of their intelligence and trainability, they make good companions for owners who like to compete in dog sports.

Miles Per Day

12 miles

Activity Per Day

60 minutes

Daily Food

2.5 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Poodle is part of the Non-Sporting group.

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The Kennel Club

Recognized by The Kennel Club

Poodle is part of the Utility group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Recognized by the Australian National Kennel Council

Poodle is part of the Non-Sporting group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club

Poodle is part of the Non-Sporting group.

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