Poodle

Description

The Poodle has an appearance that is very recognizable. The coat can vary from curly to corded, but it should have a very well maintained appearance. Its head is average in size with a long muzzle. It has very dark facial features. Its ears are not erect. Instead, they hang at the sides of the breed’s head. The breed stands on back legs that are moderately angled and front legs that are very straight. Its limbs are strong and muscular. The breed’s has an elongated neck that extends to muscular shoulders. Its chest is broad and deep. The breed has a tail that is set above its level back. The tail does not curl, but is carried high.

Temperament

The Poodle is a breed that has a pretentious appearance. However, the breed is also playful and a fun pet. It has a high energy level and loves learning new tricks. It is responsive to training, but is often very stubborn. Early socialization training is important for this breed to prevent shyness.

Height and Weight

The Poodle varies in height and weight according to the type. The Standard is the largest and tends to stand about 15 inches tall and weigh as much as 65 pounds. The Miniature type averages about 15 inches and generally weighs no more than 18 pounds. The smallest of the types, the Toy Poodle, is about 10 inches tall and weighs about 8 pounds.

Health Problems

The health problems of the Poodle vary according to type. In general, the breed is susceptible to epilepsy, gastric torsion, and patellar luxation. It is rarely seen, but the breed may also develop eye conditions, such as cataracts and glaucoma.

Ideal Living Conditions

The Poodle is a breed that does best in an indoor setting. It is recommended that this breed not reside outdoors. It will remain active indoors.

Exercise

Exercise is important for all types of Poodle, but the Standard is larger and requires more exercise than the Toy or Miniature types. This breed can handle just about any type of physical activity. The breed will appreciate a daily walk or playing.

Life Expectancy

The Poodle lives an average of 10-14 years. This range varies according to type.

Litter Size

The Poodle tends to have an average of 3-8 puppies.

Grooming

Grooming is a well-known part of owning a Poodle. In addition to basic brushing that must take place on a daily basis, the breed’s coat should also be trimmed and shampooed regularly. A professional groomer is recommended to maintain the Poodle’s coat. This is particularly important for Poodles that are show dogs.

Origin

The Poodle was developed in Germany during the 1500s.

Group

Gun Dog

Color

The Poodle is typically a solid color of cream, orange, gray, blue, or brown. The color may vary within these shades.