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Poodle

The Poodle has four recognised sizes, ranging from the Toy, as small as 24cm, to the Standard, reaching 60cm tall.

About the Poodle

Their reputation for loyalty, elegance and capacity for learning help explain why they are greatly prized as companion dogs across the world. Poodles have the appearance of intelligent companions, always alert and active, exuding pride in every situation.

Poodle comes from the German word for the breed, “Pudel”. In German, “puddeln” is a verb that means to splash. In French, the word for Poodle is caniche, based on the word cane, which means female duck. So in all instances, Poodles are inextricably bound up with water.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

Country
France
Group
FCI Group 9, AKC Non-Sporting Group, AKC Toy Group
Size category
Small
Avg life expectancy
12–15 years

Friendly / Loyal / Alert / Lively / Even-tempered

Key facts

  • Requires a lot of grooming
  • Garden not essential
  • Needs little training

A Poodle's life story

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