Poodle Dog Breed at a Glance
The medium-sized Standard Poodle dog breed is a good-natured dog perfect in any home, and ranks as the eighth most popular dog breed in the United States, according to the AKC. While many believe France is its country of origin, the Poodle actually comes from Germany, although France is responsible for its huge popularity. It is also known by the names Pudle, Caniche, and Barbone. It is an exceptionally intelligent dog that’s easy to train, regardless of the size variety (miniature, standard, or toy). No matter its size variety, the breed is governed by the same standard. It is an excellent breed for new owners without previous dog ownership experience, as well as for families with kids.
Breed Group: Non-Sporting
HISTORY of the Poodle Dog Breed
In addition to being loving with its family, and also being a cat-friendly dog, the poodle is very protective. Not only will it alert owners of an intruder, but it will act fearlessly toward any aggressor to guard its family. Affectionate, alert, highly responsive, lively and playful, the Poodle is also a sensitive dog that does not take well to reprimanding or punishment. It barks frequently, as well. A people dog, it thrives in a home as an active family member, included in all activities.
The biting statistics dating back to 1982 demonstrate that the poodle is responsible for 4 attacks causing bodily harm on humans. One maiming has been attributed to this breed. Two of these victims were children, and no deaths resulted in these attacks. It is safe to conclude that this breed is highly unlikely to cause death.
Physical Characteristics of the Poodle
Sometimes recognized for its poofy clips, the Poodle has long ears, dark lips, and nose. Its coat is curly, dense, and harsh in texture. The single coat may be corded or clipped (pet clip or show clip).
The common colors of this breed can include any solid color, such as black, brown, white, silver, apricot, blue, or red.
Shedding is minimal with the Poodle, so it is an excellent breed for owners with allergies, or those that don’t want to deal with hair in their homes. It is a hypoallergenic dog breed.
HEALTH and CARE of the Poodle Dog Breed
The life expectancy of the Poodle is between 10 and 13 years, which is slightly below than the average.
Common Health Concerns
In general, poodles are a healthy breed, but every dog breed is susceptible to certain conditions. The Poodle is at a risk of developing:
- Optic Nerve Hypoplasia
- Sebaceous Adenitis
- Addison’s Disease
- Corneal Dystrophy
- Hip Dysplasia
- Idiopathic Epilepsy
- Von Willebrands Disease
- Thyroid Disorders
- Mitral Valve Disease
- Luxating Patellas
- Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia.
Poodles love going on walks, enjoy running and swimming, so give your dog the exercise it requires, as it has the potential to gain weight. They require regular daily exercise to maintain their shape, and will make a great running companion for those who engage in physical fitness activities. While they can adapt to apartment living, they thrive in a home with a yard.
Poodles do well in both hot or cold climates.
Feed your dog a high-quality dog food to ensure health and longevity. The average poodle weighs approximately 55 pounds, so feed your dog about 2 3/4 to 3 cups of dry food each day.
The grooming needs of the Poodle are quite high, requiring regular professional grooming. Daily brushing and the occasional bath keeps its coat clean and looking fabulous. Check its ears regularly for wax buildup or debris to avoid an infection.
The AKC officially recognized the Poodle dog breed in 1887.