A member of the Toy group, and bred in France as a companion dog, Poodles come in three sizes, toy, miniature and standard. The Toy Poodle averaging between 6-10 inches tall at the shoulder and up to 15 pounds, is an intelligent little dog that is dignified, sweet, and adaptable.
Small enough to be litter box trained and live in a small apartment but active enough to enjoy seasonal outdoor activities, the Poodle is adaptable to many lifestyles. The Poodle is chock full of potential and excels in dog sports due to his speed, stamina, and agility. The breed is also a great performer, widely known as circus and stage dogs, able to pick up on tricks and training very easily. The Poodle is a highly intellectual dog capable of critical thinking, therefore the breed excels in many duties such as police work, therapy dogs, and support dogs. Due to his ability to think the breed also requires an owner that is able to provide him with mental stimulation to challenge his need for brain exercises, along with physical exercise. He is fun-loving, gentle, good with children and other pets, and a loyal and loving companion that makes an excellent watchdog. He is a good breed choice for anyone looking for a happy dog that wants to enjoy life to its fullest.
The Poodle has a very low dander level is considered non-shedding and the most hypo-allergenic of all the breeds, making them a great choice for many allergy sufferers. Their coat is soft, thick, and tightly curled, and comes in just about any solid or multi color available. The Poodle does best with regular trips to the dog groomer for clipping the tight curls to make grooming more manageable.The tail is docked short.This breed is extremely intelligent, loyal, fun loving and athletic.They're average lifespan is 12-17 years.