Poodles are a very popular dog breed because of their intelligence and their appearance. They are considered one of the smartest dog breeds and are very trainable. They have beautiful curly hypoallergenic coats that make them suitable for people with lung disorders.
Poodles come in 4 sizes, the standard (18-24 inches tall), the Medium (14-18 inches tall), the Miniature (11-14 inches tall) and the Toy (9.5-11 inches tall). They have various colors such as black, white, apricot, brown, silver, gray, red, sable and even blue (gray).
They originate from France and Germany.
Their coat sheds very little but must be groomed daily to get rid of the knots and possible dirt. The coat grows quickly and needs a cut about every four weeks.
The temperament of a poodle is hard to beat. They are alert, thinkers, trainable, active, loyal, and are not aggressive unless severely provoked. They love to play and fetch, like to prance, love to run, and enjoy agility courses.
Poodles are working dogs; they are easily trained because of their desire to perform and their willingness to please. They can be taught to do almost anything: herd sheep, perform on a stage, help with housework, close doors, and answer doorbells. It is very easy to housebreak them.
Poodles become very attached to their owners. They will bond to a family or an individual, depending on who surrounds them, and love them all equally.
Poodles have a lifespan of 12 to 15 years, but some live longer with good care and good breeding.