An early English “Water Dog” similar to the poodle also existed. The Russian poodle was more like a greyhound in appearance, while the German poodle was sturdier and woollier.
Poodles are glamorous, comical, elegant, athletic and very smart. They are #2 for trainability (behind the border collie at #1). They are not low maintenance dogs, however. The fact that they don’t shed is wonderful, but that curly coat makes frequent grooming absolutely essential. They also REQUIRE human companionship, but that’s easy because they make excellent family members.
It is important to exercise your poodle’s physical body as well as his mind. Regular walks, games of fetch in the yard, off-leash romps with other dogs at a dog park are great ways to wear your dog out. Obedience training is also a must for this breed. It will provide mental stimulation for your clever dog. It’s also a great way for the two of you to communicate with one another. If your dog is well trained you can take him anywhere.
Size and Variety
- Standard Poodle are 15″ at the shoulder
- Miniature Poodles are over 10″ and under 15” at the shoulder
- Toy poodles are under 10” at the shoulder