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Poodle

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Poodle

The Standard Poodle is an elegant dog with a profuse, but well-groomed and clipped, wiry curly coat. The head and muzzle are long. The skull is a bit rounded, with a slight stop. The teeth should form a scissors-bite. The ears are wide and hang close to the head. The eyes are oval and generally very dark. Brown and cafe-au-lait colored dogs have dark amber eyes. Apricot Poodles may have amber eyes, but dark eyes are considered better. The dog's length from breastbone to rump is approximately the same as the height at the withers. The topline is level except for a slight depression behind the withers. The feet are compact, small and oval. The tail is docked to ½ the original length. All solid colors are permissible. The coat may be groomed into three basic styles: the pet clip (or puppy clip), with relatively short hair all over the body, the "English saddle" clip, and the "Continental" clip with the rear half of the body shaved, bracelets left around the ankles and pom-poms left on the tail and hips. The Poodle has a delightful springy gait.

Temperament Standard, Miniature and Toy Poodles are smart, sensitive and very trainable dogs. They are excellent at learning tricks and do well working in a circus. This breed is amusing and very clever. Some play well with children while others may be nervous and sensitive. Poodles are good with other dogs and other non-canine pets. Check breeders thoroughly, even taking the time to meet the parents and grandparents.
Height, Weight Standard Height: over 15" ; Weight: 45-70 lbs.
Miniature Height: 11-15" ; Weight: 15-17 lbs.
Toy Height: 10" or smaller ; Weight: 4-8 lbs.
Health Problems This breed is prone to several genetic diseases, including cataracts, retinal atrophy, PRA, diabetes, epilepsy, heart disease and skin conditions. They are also prone to runny eyes and ear infections.
Living Conditions The poodle is great for apartment living. They are active indoors, but do better with a yard.
Exercise This breed loves to exercise, but is not demanding. They are fitter if they get regular exercise. Allow them time to roam, run and play in a safe area.
Life Expectancy About 12-15 years
Grooming Extensive grooming of this breed is necessary. They should be bathed regularly and clipped every two months. Check ears for mites and pull out excess hair. Some owners opt for the show cut, but others prefer the plain lamb clip. The teeth need regular scaling. Poodles are good for allergy sufferers as they shed little or no hair.
Origin The Standard Poodle is the oldest of the three poodle sizes. The miniature and toy varieties developed later. As the Poodle became the rage with the nobility in the 17th and 18th centuries, smaller and smaller specimens were desired, resulting in the birth of the Toy variety. Toy Poodles were portrayed by the German artist, Durer, circa 1500, and by Goya toward the end of the 18th century in Spain. Many in Louis XVI's court fancied the charming dog. The Toy has all the same intelligence and friendliness as the two larger versions but in a smaller package. The name "poodle" probably derives from the German word "Pudel" meaning one who plays in the water. Hunters clipped the dog's thick coat to help him swim, leaving hair on the leg joints to protect them from extreme cold and sharp reeds. The Poodle is recognized by the AKC and the UKC.
Group Toy - AKC Toy, UKC Companion Dog
Standard and Miniature - AKC Non-Sporting, UKC Companion Dog