Squarely built and elegantly proportioned, the Poodle is among the most popular breeds in the world today. The Poodle comes three distinct sizes - Standard, Miniature, and Toy - but other than size the appearance of the three is the same. Trademarks of the Poodle include a rounded skull shape and a thin, long muzzle. The tail is typically docked, though an increasing number of owners are leaving the tail natural these days. The Standard Poodle has especially strong legs, and all Poodles have small oval feet. The hair is curly, dense, and in some varieties, corded. The overall appearance of the coat is largely dependent on the extent to which hair around the midsection, hips, buttocks and legs is shaved. Colring can be of any solid color, incluing white, cream, apricot, blue, brown, gray and black. Nose color depends on coat color -- some noses are liver colored while others are black.
The temperament of the Poodle often depends on its size. The Standard size is normally calmer than the Miniature, which can sometimes be yappy or snippy if not trained and socialized properly. All sizes of Poodle are extremely intelligent, sensitive, good-natured and easy to train. They love having a job to do and are loyal and protective. Poodles are fantastic with children as long as they are raised with them from a young age. These dogs love the water and are fairly active, but don't require an excessive amount of exercise. A nice daily stroll is often plenty to keep your Poodle happy and healthy.
Caring for a Poodle (Standard, Miniature and Toy):
A moderate amount of mental and physical exercise, as well as a good deal of human interaction, will keep your Poodle happy and healthy. Poodles require a great deal of grooming. They will need a professional clipping every few months and regular at-home grooming sessions. This means a good brushing or combing to prevent tangles and mats. Poodles do not shed, which makes them fantastic pets for people with allergies or anyone who is averse to dog hair on the furniture. You will need to make sure the ears are kept clean and free from dirt and mites. Nails should be trimmed regularly as well. For Standard Poodles, major health concerns include Addison’s, gastric torsion and sebaceous adenitis; other problems include canine hip dysplasia, epilepsy, cataracts, distichiasis and entropion. For Miniature and Toy Poodles, major health concerns include Legg-Perthes, PRA, epilepsy and patellar luxation; other health problems seen in this breed include entropion, glaucoma, lacrimal duct atresia, cataracts, distichiasis and trichiasis.