Poodle Breed Information

Poodle Breed History

The Standard Poodle is a dog that has origins in Germany but has a strong connection with France according to the American Kennel Club. Known as a water dog, or gun dog, they have a very interesting background. Each section needs to be giving a standard, miniature, and toy description of most of the sections in this guide.

Standard Poodles strong hunting instincts were important to hunters since times immemorable. Known to be intelligent and active dogs they still carry many of the characteristics they once were breed for. Retriever by nature and with the temperament and style to make any dog owner jealous.

Hosting an exotic look and irresistible coat designs it is hard to miss any size Poodle. It wouldn’t be uncommon to see haircuts that you never seen on another dog because of the coat size and fluffiness of the fur.

They have roots that go back to the Circus as a performing dog while also getting honors as a world class dog show breed. Agility and impressive tricks with the ability to perform under pressure in front of crowd. There are few areas a Poodle hasn’t went and surpass expectations.

Smaller breeds of the standard Poodle start around the 1800’s and from there they go from a large Poodle to a Toy Poodle over the centuries.

Recent memory has made them more of a trophy or even a lap dog, but their rich history stretches from gun dog, circus, guard dog, and evolving into a lap dog over time.


Poodles have registration with kennel clubs all around the world. Many countries show recognition to the standard, miniature, medium, and toy breed sizes.

Poodles became one of the most sought-after dogs and you can tell with the registration. There was no breed with more registration than the Poodles in the mid 1900’s. They held this status for multiple decades.

Some of the resources below will be for all the breed sizes and others will include all three of them.

Canadian Kennel Club (CKC)

Kennel Club United Kingdom (KC)

New Zealand Kennel Club (NZKC)

United Kennel Club (UKC)

You can tell there is an abundance of registration for the Poodle throughout the world.

Poodle Information from the Poodle Club of America is a rich resource to get additional information.

Poodle Size

Standard Height: 15 inches

Miniature Height:15 inches or below

Toy Height: 10 below

Standard Weight: 45-70 Pounds

Miniature Weight: 15-17 pounds

Toy Weight: 6-9 pounds

Poodle Colors

  • Blue
  • Black
  • Brown
  • Silver
  • Café-aulaits
  • Apricot
  • Cream

Different Types of Poodles

There are three types that are recognized with almost every kennel club.

Those three are Standard Poodles, Miniature, and Toy size Poodles.

The Standard Poodle is the original and most often closest to the instincts the dog was bred to be. You will find the retriever water dog in this breed along with the hunting instincts. Standard Poodles will always be known as the oldest of the different types.

Miniature and toy sizes are different in a few ways. There are generally non sporting dogs that are closer to lap dogs than a serious working dog that it came from.

Poodles are now a part of the mix dog bonanza where almost any dog can be breed as a mutt and get a name like Doodle or Yorkie-Poodle. I made that last one up, but it probably really exists. I’m really being serious it might.

Poodle Price

It will be hard to find a Poodle for a stunning discount. You will most likely pay high fees to obtain this breed. You can look forward to the following prices


That can be for any type and any size. Make an intelligent decision about which kind you want to buy. It will be in your best interest at the end of the day. These dogs are very expensive to purchase and cost a lot to groom on a consistent basis.


Poodle coats are dense and curly in nature.

One very important note is that a Poodle doesn’t shed in the manner you would think. They shed less than most dogs with that style of coat especially given the length.

You will need to understand what type of clip you are going to give your dog. There are multiple but I will name a few you should investigate and pick the style you like the most.

Puppy Clip

Sporting Clip

Saddle Clip

Continental Clip

English Clip

Each clip will vary in which part is longer, shorter, or maybe even. The sporting clip is more of an even coat for the non-flashy owners.

Continental clips have puppy balls on the tail, feet, large bush on the chest and head areas.

Saddle clips feature more frequent balls on the legs with more hair on the body and head area.

There are really a lot of different styles and everyone should take the time to find one that fits and have a professional grooming service keep the coat healthy.

I would personally choose the sporting clip, but I’m very plain!

Tangles, matting, and dirt build up are all problematic for a Poodle. Take the right steps to keep their grooming up daily. You need to comb and brush all the way to the skin area.

Training the dog and grooming them often will help the process and make the process effortless.

Poodle Life Span

Poodle lifespan ranges from 12-15 years.

That is a great length of time to have a dog especially if they live towards the higher side of the average lifespan. Getting a dog as a puppy or adoption addition you should always think about keeping them forever.

Poodle Health Issues

Generally, a healthy dog there are some health issues you should always be aware of.

Remember your dog will see the vet a lot getting their first shots in their first year, annual checkups, and two annual checkups as the dog approaches older age.

Here are the issues


Hip Dysplasia


Thyroid Disease

Hepatitis in the Liver

Slipped Kneecap

Epilepsy is a condition where the Poodle will have frequent seizures. Commonly a condition that is accepted as being inherited from their bloodline. They will show different signs like running for no reason, can’t walk straight, and attempting to hide themselves.

Hip Dysplasia is something that limits the dog from exercising due to pain in the hip area. Sockets and joints aren’t sitting properly, and it causes the hips to slip from the socket. Puppies will show signs of this condition early on.

Bloat is painful for a dog and is a stomach condition. Stomach is stretching and extending the normal capabilities and will bring discomfort.

Thyroid disease is when the Poodle has an under performing Thyroid.

Slipped Kneecap is a common occurrence especially with the miniature and toy breeds.

Breed Group

Poodles are members of the Non-Sporting Group. Other dogs in the group don’t have a close relationship like herding or retrieving dogs. They are a group of dogs that don’t share a common generalization to one another.

Dogs in the group include the following

Exercise Needs

Whether you have or going to have a standard, miniature, and toy they ALL need a lot of exercise. Getting the proper amount can be the difference between having a great dog and one you want to get rid of.

We always want to look at the energy level, age, and behavior of the dog before casting our own bias on the dog. A younger dog should follow a program that look like the following

1 Hour Walk, Run or Treadmill in the morning

30 minutes’ Walk, Run or Treadmill in the afternoon

Start with this and expand if the dog needs additional work. For a lot of energy or quick relief I would take the time to run twice for about a week. Once you have some better behavior start introducing the walk and treadmill.

If you have a high energy dog, you may want to increase the afternoon session to an hour. Totaling two hours a day with the exercise choice of your liking. We train you to let the dog guide you.

If the dog is lower energy one walk in the morning could be all that they need.

At a younger age you should expect more exercise and more energy. After a few years the energy will decrease and so will the exercise needs. As a senior Poodle they will need much less exercise.


Basic commands and corrections should be given from day one. There is no real guideline on how long you should wait and in mother nature the training begins immediately.

Start by using our guide to teach your dog how to do all the basic commands.

Top 10 Commands to Teach Your Dog

Understanding the cause of behavior problems will help you stop them from happening in the first place. For any dog owner that is brand new or has experience you will find great information from this post.

How to Stop Dog Behavior Problems

Dog owners need to socialize their dogs early on in their lives and we made a guide for you to maximize how to socialize your dog from day one.

How to Socialize a Dog or Puppy

Lastly, you may have a miniature or toy Poodle and decide you need to teach them how to use the crate.

Crate Training Made Simple

There are many more detailed guides that will teach you all the ways you can train your own dog for free.

Most of the training methods consist of setting you and your dog up for success and using proven methods to reach your training goals. There is no guessing or methods that have never been done dozens of times with the same level of success.


Many celebrities have this dog breed including

Barbara Streisand

Priscilla Presley

Jackie Kennedy

Bob Hope


Walt Disney

Marilyn Monroe

And many more


Poodles have a rich history that has a long record in history starting with the standard poodle. They have registration with many kennel clubs all over the world that show recognition for the standard, miniature, and toy size.

Coming in many sizes and coat colors you can find a great clip that fits the dog. Expect to pay a great premium if you want to own a reputable Poodle from a great breeder.

All dogs will have some type of health issue make sure you are aware of which one affects your dog and what to do when you see the symptoms.

Training a Poodle is no different than training any other dog. Exercise and train. Rinse and repeat using repetition to drive the training home.

Follow the methods that already work because there is no reason to reinvent the wheel.

Great day!