AKC Meet the Breeds: Poodle

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The Poodle, though often equated to the beauty with no brains, is exceptionally smart and active and excels in obedience training. He is also the only breed that comes in three size varieties. This size choice may be why the Poodle is one of the most popular breeds, according to AKC Registration statistics. Poodles can be a variety of solid colors, including white, black, apricot, and gray, but never particolored.

A Look Back
The breed originated in Germany as a water retriever. The stylish "Poodle clip" was designed by hunters to help the dogs move through the water more efficiently. The patches of hair left on the body are meant to protect vital organs and joints that are susceptible to cold. The Standard variety is the oldest of the three varieties. The Miniature variety may have been used for truffle hunting. The Toy Poodle was often used in performances and circuses.

Right Breed for You?
The Poodle can accommodate nearly any size living quarters. His hypoallergenic coat may reduce allergic reactions, but requires regular professional grooming. The Poodle is an active breed and requires daily exercise.

  • Non-Sporting (Standard and Miniature) and Toy (Toy) Groups; AKC recognized in 1887.
  • Standard: over 15 inches tall at the shoulder; Miniature: over 10 but under 15 inches; Toy: 10 inches or under.
  • Water retriever, companion.



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