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Poodle Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Poodle so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginGermany France
Other Names
What other names does the Poodle have? The dog breed also known as...
French Poodle, Caniche, Barbone, Chien Canne, Grosse Pudel
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
AKC Group
Is Poodle recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1887 as a Non-Sporting & Toy breed.
FCI Group
Is Poodle recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Poodle section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Poodle breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Australian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubUnited Kennel ClubCanadian Canine Registry
How much does the Poodle puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Poodle price:
If you choose to purchase the Poodle, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Poodle for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Poodle gets to a happy place.
Very frequent



Poodle History

The Poodle is considered to be one of the oldest breeds developed especially for hunting waterfowl. Many historians believe that the Poodle is originated from Germany, where the word “pudelin” refers to splashing water. Yet, it was developed into its own breed in France, consequently, the national dog of France is the Poodle.

The Poodle is a result of crossbreeding between several European waters and hunting dogs including the Hungarian, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Russian water dogs. Other experts assume that the North-African Barbet is one of the Poodle’s ancestors, which was imported to the Iberian Peninsula. After this, the breed was exported to Gaul where the dogs were used as hunting companions. Many presuppositions girdle around the history of Poodles, from which one is that Poodles are descended from Asian herding dogs, and then traveled with the Germanic Goth and Ostrogoth tribes to eventually become a German water dog. Another theory suggests that the Poodle is descended from dogs that were brought out of the Asian steppes by the North African Berber conquerors and with the Moors, finally found their way into Portugal at the beginning of the 8th century. Whichever theory is correct about the Poodle’s ancestry, this breed is a very old one. Poodle-like illustrations were found in Egyptian and Roman tombs dating from the first centuries B.C. The drawings are very similar to the modern-day Poodle as we know them, portraying them as herding animals, retrieving game from marshes.

There are also debates around the Poodle’s size. Even though some might say that the Toy and Miniature Poodles emerged after the Standard, many experts believe the opposite. It wasn’t just until the 1400s that breeders started breeding smaller versions of the Poodle, in order to delight the Parisian bourgeoise. The smaller sizes Toy and Miniature were a result of breeding the smaller sized Poodles with each other, without mixing in another breed. The breed’s fine qualities allowed them to the lap of luxury. Elegant Poodles found its fanciers among the nobles of France and, eventually, all of Europe. The dog’s trainability and beautiful exterior made them a natural entertainer, that’s the reason why they were associated with the European circus tradition. Gypsies and traveling performers learned that Poodles are excellent at performing tricks and that they can be easily dressed in costumes, or their fur can be sculpted into fanciful shapes and colors to add to the dogs’ stage appeal. Not long after that, a trend grew out of this habit, wealthy patrons started decorating, clipping, and dying their dogs. Even today, this trend lives on at dog shows.

In 1874, the Kennel Club of England registered their first Poodle, after that the AKC (American Kennel Club), in 1886 done the same, because until World War II., Poodles were rare in the United States, but after the 1950s, the breed became the most popular breed in the country and held this position for another 20 years.

Poodle General Appearance & Basic Info

What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Poodle size:
How much does the Poodle weigh? Poodle weight:
Male: 45-70 pounds (20-32 kg), Female: 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Poodle? Poodle average weight:
Male: 57.5 pounds (26 kg), Female: 52.5 pounds (23.5 kg)
How tall is the Poodle? Poodle height:
15 inches (38 cm) or more
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Poodle average height:
15 inches (38 cm) or more

Poodle Hair & Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Poodle have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Poodle's coat?
ApricotBrownGraySilverWhiteFawnBlue CreamRedBeigeBlack
How to groom the Poodle and how often?
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition. The Poodle requires grooming on a daily basis. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer is essential. Everyday brushing of the dog's coat is necessary to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath should be on a weekly schedule. Taking good care of your Poodle is time consuming and requires excellent grooming skills. If you don't have the time and skill search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Poodle dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the French Poodle? Poodle shedding level:
Poodles shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car covered by dog hair. Poodle dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Poodle need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Poodle every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing. Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.

Poodle Characteristics

What kind of personality does the Poodle have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Poodle? Are they intelligent?
Outstanding: Poodle is one of the brightest dog breeds. They desire to learn tricks and commands often. The limit is your creativity. They understand and memorize new commands in fewer than 5 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 95% of the time or better.
Are Poodle dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Poodles are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
How playful is this breed?
The Poodle is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Poodle sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Poodles don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
Poodles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the French Poodle need? Poodle social needs:
Poodles need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Do Poodle dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Caniche bark?
Average to high: The Poodle is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Poodle good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Poodles are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Poodles will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Poodle dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Poodles strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Poodle bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the French Poodle? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Poodle? Why do dog bites happen?
The Poodle has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Poodle has a hard bite?
Between 200 and 400 PSI
Ordinary: Average dogs have bite force between 200 and 400 PSI. The Poodle, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained. However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Poodle do?
Poodles have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Poodles need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Poodle to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Poodle roam?
Poodles have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Poodle have high prey drive?
Poodles have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Is Poodle good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Kimondottan lakásbarát kutya Poodle fajta. Jó, ha van egy kis kerted, ahová néha kimehet elintézni dolgát, ugyanakkor ez egyáltalán nem fontos. Napi egy-két sétával kellőképpen lemozgathatod, így nem jelenthet gondot Poodle tartása lakásban.
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Poodles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Poodles tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog
Where Poodle dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Poodle Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Poodle temperament with other people:
Poodles are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Poodle dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Poodle temperament with children:
Poodles are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Poodle dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Poodles are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Poodle good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Poodle dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Poodles are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Poodle can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Poodle breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Poodles are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Poodle be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?
This breed makes good as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Poodle breed is a good choice for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Poodle be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Poodle be an emotional support animal?
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Poodle breed is a good choice for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Poodle be a 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. Poodle is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Office Friendly
Are Poodles good office dogs? Do Poodles make good office friendly dogs? Can Poodles be office dogs?
Poodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Poodle be a search and rescue dog?
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. The Poodle is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Poodle dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the French Poodle temperament with senior people? Are Poodle dogs good for elderly owners?
Poodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Poodle be a boat dog?
Poodle breed usually likes being on a boat.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Poodle dogs get along with other pets? Are Poodle dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Poodles are usually friendly towards other pets.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Poodle be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Poodle is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Poodle Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Poodle dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Poodle is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Poodle breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Poodle breed? Most common health risks of Poodle:
Addison's DiseaseAllergiesBloatCanine Atrial Septal Defect (asd)CataractsCushing's SyndromeEar InfectionsEpilepsyHip DysplasiaHypothyroidismLegg-perthes DiseaseNeonatal Encephalopathy (news)Optic Nerve HypoplasiaPatellar LuxationPremature GrayingProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)Runny EyesSebaceous AdenitisVon Willebrand's Disease
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Poodle breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Poodle see the vet?
The Poodle should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Poodle dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Poodle be? What is the age limit of the Poodle? How many years can the oldest Poodle live?
12-15 years
Is the Poodle breed hypoallergenic?
Poodles do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction. However there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs in the world, there are a variety of breeds that are considered to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Poodle have? What is the activity level of the Poodle?
Poodles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Poodle dogs require per day?
Poodles need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Poodles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Poodle need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Poodle risk for obesity:
Average to High. If you don't pay attention to the Poodle's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Poodle's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
The Poodle has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Poodle drool?
The Poodle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Poodle could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Poodle. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Poodle Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Poodle: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
Litter Frequency Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Poodle have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
2-4 puppies

Poodle Pros & Cons

  • Intelligent Rank: Outstanding: Poodle is one of the brightest dog breeds.
  • Trainability: Poodles are easy to train.
  • Hypoallergenic: Poodles do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Kimondottan lakásbarát kutya Poodle fajta.
  • Shedding Level: Poodles shed none to minimal.
  • Drooling tendency: The Poodle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Poodles are good watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Poodles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Poodles are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Poodles are cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Poodles are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Poodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Service Dog: This breed makes good as a service dog.
  • Therapy Dog: This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
  • Boat Dog: Poodle breed usually likes being on a boat.
  • Grooming: Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High.
  • Mouthiness: Poodles have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • 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.
  • Office Friendly: Poodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Poodles are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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    Jun 8, 2020, 4:27:04 AM:

    The poodle is my type of dog, it is great with my kiddos and is very, very smart.

  • poodle lover

    Jun 7, 2020, 4:52:27 AM:

    They are the best dogs you could ever imagine. They also are very good with kids and are very, very smart.

  • Amit

    Jun 4, 2020, 3:02:17 AM:

    Poodles are one of the best dogs. They are good with my kiddos, are good with our other pets, and he follows all the rules for the puppy school that my son founded.

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  • Poodle Owner

    Oct 4, 2019, 1:02:08 AM:

    Poodles are very good dogs. I own one, his name is Coco. He is the best dog I have ever had. He likes hiking with me off leash. He also doesn't shed. He needs to be brushed a lot. They are very good with children and other pets.