- Dog suitable for owners with some experience
- Extra training required
- Generally healthy breed
- Enjoys active walks
- Needs under an hour of walking a day
- Small dog
- Minimum drool
- Requires grooming every other day
- Chatty and vocal dog
- Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
- Generally friendly with other dogs
- Gets along with other pets with training
- May need additional supervision to live with children
- Needs a small garden
- Can happily live in the city
- Can be left occasionally with training
|Lifespan:||12 – 15 years|
|Colours:||Blue, grey, silver, brown, apricot and cream|
|Kennel Club Groups:||Utility|
|Easy to train:||5/5|
|Tolerates being alone:||1/5|
|Likes other pets:||4/5|
The Poodle is a lively, sociable and affectionate dog who is both intelligent and amusing, and makes a wonderful and fun companion. They love to be included in all family pursuits and can be good watch dogs, announcing visitors without being aggressive. They bond closely to their owners and so do not like to be left home alone.
History and Origins
Country of Origin: Germany
The original Poodle is the Standard Poodle, a water retrieving dog, So, this is a breed who was always very much a worker. The smaller Poodles (the Toy and the Miniature) were created as smaller versions of the original Poodle for owners who didn’t want such a large dog but were enchanted by their personalities and enthusiasm for all kinds of work. The major influencers in this desire for a smaller Poodle were circuses - who were using this highly intelligent, easy to train, friendly and even comical dog in their shows with great success but found the Standard Poodles just a bit too big.
Up until 1907, the Toy Poodle and the Miniature Poodle was both called the Toy Poodle, but as even smaller versions of the breed became popular due to selective breeding, these smaller dogs (under 28cms) became known as Toys while Miniature was used to describe dogs over 28cms but under 38cms.
Did You Know?
Poodles - especially the ones you see in the show ring - seem to have all kinds of crazy hairdos but these often flamboyant-looking styles all started off with a purpose. Poodles were originally water-retrieving dogs but their coats could easily get water-logged and pull them down. The answer was to clip off all their hair but leave some around their vital organs to keep them warm, and around any vulnerable joints to protect from injury.