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AKC Meet the Breeds: Poodle

American Kennel Club, Inc. (c) 2011

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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Comments (6)

  • mikaminer 1 May, 2013

    I have a chocolate poodle. His dad was a parti poodle and his mom was black. Parties are the newest rave!!! That statement is false about the parti poodle. Poodles are very smart.

  • sfaddies 3 Aug, 2011

    I thought the studies said that poodles are the second smartest breed so where are they considered not very bright? I have seen particolored poodles too. I have had several poodles over the years and have run into people that think they are yappy but that is a training issue.

  • PoodlesRule 26 Feb, 2011

    As usual, there is more mis-information about poodles than correct - however this article is better than most - speaking correctly to their Germanic origins as water fowl retrievers, and the reason for the much mocked `poodle cut`. I do however strongly object to the shameful reference in the Nov 2010 MS magazine to poodles as `circus stars` - again undermining this intelligent and loving breed and perpetuating the above mentioned sterotype of `beauty with no brains`. Shame on you Martha!!!

  • Pahukoa 17 Oct, 2010

    Seriously object to "Poodles can be a variety of solid colors... but never particolored". Yes, they CAN BE parti-colored and are (personal perspective) often more beautiful than the solids. YOU, AKC, CHOOSE not to acknowledge them for your own antiquated reasons; Partis are recognized across the globe. It is AKC who is behind, still supporting wrong thinking like cosmetic docking of ears and tails and parti-poos. Time to catch up, AKC.
    - A Parti-poodle lover.

  • Pahukoa 17 Oct, 2010

    Seriously object to "Poodles can be a variety of solid colors... but never particolored". Yes, they CAN BE parti-colored and are (personal perspective) often more beautiful than the solids. YOU, AKC, CHOOSE not to acknowledge them for your own antiquated reasons; Partis are recognized across the globe. It is AKC who is behind, still supporting wrong thinking like cosmetic docking of ears and tails and parti-poos. Time to catch up, AKC - A Parti-poodle lover.

  • JMarsden 16 May, 2009

    I have one of these, her name is Buffy. She loves to lick me on the cheek when I come home. She is 3 years old, and she can really pig out on the dog chow!