Coat & Grooming:The Poodle coat is curly, dense, and harsh. It’s virtually non-shedding, but it does grow out quickly.
Energy Level:Very Active; Poodles are enthusiastic walkers, runners, and swimmers. They're eager for all kinds of activity, and they enjoy keeping busy.
Nicknames: Standards and Miniatures
Meet the Poodle
Standards should be more than 15 inches tall at the highest point of the shoulder, the Miniature 15 inches or under. Other than the height difference, the varieties have the same build and proportions. The coat is the Poodle’s glory. Dog-show people keep Poodles in what’s known as the Continental Clip—that’s the fancy clip you see on TV. But pet owners like the Sporting Clip best. It’s a much simpler hairdo in which the coat is clipped down to follow the body’s outline.
What's Their Story?
Poodles are the national dog of France, and the French sure do love their Poodles. But it’s believed the breed originated as a duck hunter in Germany, where the word “pudelin” refers to splashing in water. The Standard came first, then it was bred down to the Miniature and Toy varieties. The Poodle’s elegance made them favorites of European royals. And thanks to their sharp minds and good looks, they have been star entertainers on TV and in movies.
There’s the old stereotype of Poodles as a foofy velvet-pillow dogs looking down their long noses at us. Not true. Poodles are eager-to-please, highly trainable “real dogs.” They like to work closely with their humans and can master all kinds of tricks and dog sports. The Standard, with his greater size and strength, is the best athlete of the Poodle family, but all Poodles can be trained with great success. The Miniature can be shy around strangers; the Standard tends to be more outgoing.