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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Other Names |
What other names does the Poodle have?
|BarboneCanicheChien CanneGrosse PudelFrench Poodle|
Breed Type |
What type of dog breed is it?
|Purebred The Poodle is considered a purebred dog breed, but more than a hundred mixes and hybrids have been created from this breed. We have compiled a list of Poodle Mixes.|
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How much does the Poodle puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of a Poodle in the United States? How much money is a Poodle?
Where to buy a Poodle with a good pedigree?
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.
How easy is it to get a Poodle? How many Poodle are there in the world?
Very frequent: The Poodle is quite easy to get. There is a risk of overbreeding, as it is an extremely popular breed.
Inbreeding is common because of its popularity. A new study suggests that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.So be careful, buy from a trustworthy place or kennel and seek the help of an experienced person, a professional, to make the right decision.
Is a Poodle small, medium or large dog?
How big do Poodle get?
What is the average size of a Poodle?
How much does the Poodle weigh? How much should a Poodle weight? What is the normal weight of a Poodle? How much does a full-grown Poodle weight?
|Male: 45-70 pounds (20-32 kg), Female: 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg)|
Average Weight |
What is the average weight of a Poodle?
|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|
Average Height |
What is the average height of a Poodle?
|15 inches (38 cm) or more|
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 are proper Poodle coats?
|BlackGrayRedBlue CreamWhiteSilverBrownFawnBeige Apricot|
How to groom the Poodle and how often? How often should I take my Poodle to the groomer?
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 Barbone? Do Poodle dogs shed a lot?
Poodle dogs shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car being 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 you give a Poodle a bath? Can I bathe my Poodle every day?
| 3-4 weeks |
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and 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.
What kind of personality does the Poodle have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Intelligent Rank |
How smart is the Poodle? Is the Poodle breed dumb or smart?
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 the first command 95% of the time or better.
The Poodle is one of the best breeds in the dog intelligence ranking.
Are Poodle dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train a Poodle?
Poodle dogs 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. Poodle dogs don't tolerate irregular daily routines, noisy households, 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? Is a Poodle a good family dog?
High: Poodle dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving, and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dogs 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 Barbone need? Poodle social needs:
Poodle dogs 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 Barbone 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 the same barks could have different meanings.
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?
Poodle dogs are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and a sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Poodle dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial |
Do Poodle dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Poodle dogs 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 Barbone? 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? What is the bite force of a Poodle? How much bite force does a Poodle have?
Between 200 and 400 PSI ⏺
Poodle bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a 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?
Poodle dogs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Poodle dogs need to be taught 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?
Poodle dogs 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?
Poodle dogs 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? Can you have a Poodle in an apartment?
Very house-friendly dog the Poodle breed. It's good if you have a small garden where he can go out and do his business, but it's not important at all. You can get enough exercise with one or two walks a day, so keeping them indoors shouldn't be a problem.
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Poodle dogs 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 |
How long can a Poodle be left alone? How long can you leave a Poodle alone?
Poodle dogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Stranger Friendly |
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Poodle temperament with other people:
Poodle dogs are stranger-friendly dogs.
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?
Poodle dogs are usually friendly towards other pets.
Child Friendly |
Are Poodle dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Poodle temperament with children:
Poodle dogs 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? Can the Poodle breed live with a cat?
Poodle dogs 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?
Poodle dogs 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? Is Poodle breed suitable for first-time owners?
Poodle dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly |
Are Poodle dogs good office canines? Do Poodle dogs make good office-friendly pets? Can they be office dogs?
Poodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly |
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Poodle dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Barbone temperament with senior people? Are Poodle dogs good for elderly owners?
Poodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
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:
|CataractsHip DysplasiaLegg-perthes DiseasePatellar LuxationAllergiesHypothyroidismProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)Von Willebrand's DiseaseBloatEpilepsySebaceous AdenitisEar InfectionsAddison's DiseaseCushing's SyndromeRunny EyesCanine Atrial Septal Defect (asd)Neonatal Encephalopathy (news)Optic Nerve HypoplasiaPremature Graying|
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? How old can a Poodle be? What is the age limit of the Poodle? How many years can the oldest Poodle live?
What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Poodle?
How long is the lifespan of a Poodle?
The average lifespan of Poodle: 13 years
Is the Poodle breed hypoallergenic?
| Yes |
Poodle dogs 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?
Poodle dogs 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 exercise does a Poodle need? How much exercise do Poodle dogs require per day?
Do Poodle dogs need a lot of exercises?
Poodle dogs 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 the Poodle breed need?
Poodle dogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Average daily food consumption |
How much food does a Poodle need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Poodle breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Poodle? How much food should I feed my Poodle?
|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 weight regularly.
Weather and Climate |
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
| Tolerates warm and cold weather |
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.
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 of a 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 minimum 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.
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 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?
They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. 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.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) |
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Poodle be a search and rescue dog?
This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.
The Poodle is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog |
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Poodle be a boat dog?
Poodle breed usually likes being on a boat.
Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.
Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, as a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog |
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Poodle be a drafting dog?
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.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog |
Where Poodle dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Gestation Length |
How long is a Poodle pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Poodle breed is pregnant?
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.
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 in a litter? How many puppies can the Poodle breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Poodle have? How many puppies can a Poodle give birth to?
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|
Poodle Pros and Cons
- Intelligent Rank: Outstanding: Poodle is one of the brightest dog breeds.
- Trainability: Poodle dogs are easy to train.
- Hypoallergenic: Poodle dogs do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
- Apartment Friendly: Very house-friendly dog the Poodle breed.
- Shedding Level: Poodle dogs shed none to minimal.
- Drooling Tendency: The Poodle is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
- Watchdog Ability: Poodle dogs are good watchdogs.
- Adaptability: Poodle dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
- Child Friendly: Poodle dogs are very kid-friendly dogs.
- Cat Friendly: Poodle dogs are cat-friendly dogs.
- Dog Friendly: Poodle dogs are dog-friendly dogs.
- Senior Citizens Friendly: Poodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
- Good For First Time Owners: Poodle dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
- Service Dog: This breed makes good as a service dog.
- Therapy Dog: This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
- Boat and Sailor Dog: Poodle breed usually likes being on a boat.
Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.
Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages.
- Grooming: Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
- Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Poodle's weight, he can easily gain weight.
- Mouthiness: Poodle dogs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people.
- Tolerates Being Left Alone: Poodle dogs 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.
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.
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Poodle Comments, Reviews and Questions
Sep 19, 2022, 6:10:42 PM:
I had an adult Standard many years ago and they are so smart! Just recently got a puppy and forgot about teething etc. Still very loving and smart dogs.
Jul 8, 2022, 1:16:17 AM:
This is a poor depiction of poodles from someone who obviously has no experience with the Brees
- lhasa apso
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Feb 25, 2022, 6:42:44 AM:
Seriosly poppy one star
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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.
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.
Apr 24, 2020, 4:12:34 PM:
Apr 24, 2020, 4:12:16 PM:
- 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.