Size: There are three sizes: standard, miniature and toy Height: Standard - Over 38 cm (15 in) Miniature - 28-38 cm (11-15 in) Toy - Under 28 cm (11 in) Weight: Standard - 22 kg (49 lb) Miniature - 12 kg (26 lb) Toy - 7 kg (15 lb) Life Span: 16 years Grooming: Demanding Exercise: Medium Feeding: Straightforward Temperament: Sparky & cheerful Country of Origin: France AKC Group: Toy & Non-Sporting Other Names: Caniche, Barbone
General Appearance: Elegant, finely chiselled and proud. Colour: Black, silver, blue, white or cream with black pigmentation. Or brown and liver and matching pigmentation. Coat: Frizzy, dense, fine, woolly and harsh in texture. The coat can be clipped to suit different tastes. Tail: Set high, commonly docked and carried away from body at a slight angle. Ears: Set low, long, wide and hanging close to head. Covered in long, wavy hair. Body: The body is longer than height and shoulders are muscular and sloping. The back is short and slightly hollowed behind withers. The ribs should be rounded with a deep chest. The loin is muscular and broad and croup is rounded.
Temperament: Even-tempered, fun-loving, lively and intelligent. Poodles are easily trained and quickly learn to perform tricks. They bond closely to their family and can be acutely sensitive to their owners mood. This breed is trouble-free in terms of getting along with other dogs, pets, strangers and children. They make delightful companions with their intelligence and adaptability. This breed should not be kept in a yard alone as they thrive on companionship and attention and their natural spirit can be destroyed if deprived of this.
Grooming: Poodles that are being shown need to be clipped according to breed style, which takes considerable skill and knowledge and is usually best left to a professional groomer. Poodles that are kept as pets are commonly trimmed short, leaving hair longer on head, ears and legs. If these dogs are left untrimmed harsh-textured coats will grow vastly in length. The teeth need to be checked for tartar and ears should be kept clean. The advantage of these dogs is that they don't shed hair. The coat on a Poodle can be washed quite often.