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Poodle vs Toy Poodle vs Portuguese Pointer – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Poodle vs Toy Poodle vs Portuguese Pointer" Compare Poodle and Toy Poodle. Which is better: Poodle or Toy Poodle or Portuguese Pointer?
Name Poodle Toy Poodle Portuguese Pointer
OriginsGermany France Germany France Portugal
Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs Gun Dog
Popularity Rank7449374
Reviews711
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Other Names French Poodle, Caniche, Barbone, Chien Canne, Grosse Pudel Caniche, Barbone, Chien Canne, Teacup Poodle, French Poodle, Pudle, Teddy Poodle Perdigueiro Portugues, Portuguese Pointing Dog
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1887 as a Non-Sporting & Toy breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Poodle section. Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Pointing Dogs group, in the Continental Pointing Dogs section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Canadian Canine Registry Dog Registry of America Inc. No set
Price $1000-$1500 1000-1500 $800-$1000

General Appearance - Poodle vs Toy Poodle vs Portuguese Pointer

Size Medium Small Medium
Weight Male: 45-70 pounds (20-32 kg), Female: 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg) Male: 6-9 pounds (3-4 kg) Male: 44–60 pounds (20–27 kg), Female: 35–49 pounds (16–22 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 57.5 pounds (26 kg), Female: 52.5 pounds (23.5 kg) Male: 7.5 pounds (3.5 kg) Male: 44–60 pounds (20–27 kg), Female: 35–49 pounds (16–22 kg)
Height 15 inches (38 cm) or more Up to 10 inches (25.4 cm) Male: 20–24 inches (51–61 cm), Female: 19–22 inches (48–56 cm)
Avg. Height 15 inches (38 cm) or more Up to 10 inches (25.4 cm) Male: 20–24 inches (51–61 cm), Female: 19–22 inches (48–56 cm)

Hair & Care - Poodle vs Toy Poodle vs Portuguese Pointer

Coat Curly Dense Curly Thick Rough
Colors Apricot Brown Gray Silver White Fawn Blue Cream Red Beige Black Apricot Black Brown Gray Silver White Fawn Blue Cream Red Beige White Yellow Light Brown
Grooming
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Easy to groom: The Portuguese Pointer doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Poodles shed none to minimal.
Toy Poodles shed none to minimal.
Portuguese Pointers are low shedders.

Characteristics - Poodle vs Toy Poodle vs Portuguese Pointer

Temperament Active Faithful Intelligent Alert Instinctual Trainable Active Faithful Intelligent Alert Instinctual Trainable Affectionate Lively Calm Submissive
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Poodle is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Outstanding: Toy Poodle is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Average: Portuguese Pointer's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Poodles are easy to train.
Toy Poodles are very easy to train.
Portuguese Pointers are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Poodle is a playful breed.
The Toy Poodle is a playful breed.
Portuguese Pointers are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Portuguese Pointers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Affection Level
Poodles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Toy Poodles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Portuguese Pointers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Poodles need a lot of social interaction.
Toy Poodles are a social breed.
Portuguese Pointers need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average to high: The Poodle is a vocal breed.
Average to high: The Toy Poodle is a vocal breed.
Low to Average: The Portuguese Pointer rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Poodles are good watchdogs.
Toy Poodles are good watchdogs.
Portuguese Pointers are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Poodles strongly protect their territory.
Toy Poodles are average defenders.
Portuguese Pointers strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Poodle has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Toy Poodle has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Portuguese Pointer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Poodles have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Toy Poodles have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Portuguese Pointers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Poodles have average wanderlust potential.
Toy Poodles tend to escape less than other breeds.
Portuguese Pointers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Prey Drive
Poodles have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Toy Poodles have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Portuguese Pointers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Poodles are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Toy Poodles are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Portuguese Pointers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Poodles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Toy Poodles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Portuguese Pointers don't adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Poodles tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Toy Poodles do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Portuguese Pointers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Poodle vs Toy Poodle vs Portuguese Pointer

Stranger Friendly
Poodles are stranger friendly dogs.
Toy Poodles are stranger friendly dogs.
Portuguese Pointers are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Poodles are very kid-friendly dogs.
Toy Poodles are very kid-friendly dogs.
Portuguese Pointers are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
Poodles are cat-friendly dogs.
Toy Poodles are cat-friendly dogs.
Portuguese Pointers are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Poodles are dog-friendly dogs.
Toy Poodles are dog-friendly dogs.
Portuguese Pointers are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Poodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Toy Poodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Portuguese Pointer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Poodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Toy Poodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Portuguese Pointers are commonly okay with elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Poodles are usually friendly towards other pets.
Toy Poodles are usually friendly towards other pets.
Portuguese Pointers usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Poodles are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Toy Poodles are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Portuguese Pointers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Yes
Poodle breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Toy Poodle breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Portuguese Pointer breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Poodle vs Toy Poodle vs Portuguese Pointer

Health Issues
The Poodle is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Toy Poodle is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Portuguese Pointers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Health Problems Addison's Disease Allergies Bloat Canine Atrial Septal Defect (asd) Cataracts Cushing's Syndrome Ear Infections Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Legg-perthes Disease Neonatal Encephalopathy (news) Optic Nerve Hypoplasia Patellar Luxation Premature Graying Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Runny Eyes Sebaceous Adenitis Von Willebrand's Disease Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia Canine Diabetes Mellitus Ear Infections Epilepsy Heart Murmurs Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Skin Allergies Slipped Stifle No set
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 14-16 years 12-14 years
Hypoallergenic Yes Yes No
Energy Level
Poodles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Toy Poodles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Portuguese Pointers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Poodles need quite a lot of exercise.
Toy Poodles need quite a lot of exercise.
Portuguese Pointers need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Poodles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Toy Poodles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Portuguese Pointers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1/4 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average to High.
Average.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Medium
The Poodle has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Toy Poodle has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Portuguese Pointer has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Poodle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Toy Poodle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Portuguese Pointer is an average drooler.

Reproducibility - Poodle vs Toy Poodle vs Portuguese Pointer

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 2-4 puppies 2-4 puppies 5-8 puppies

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