Overview of Poodles

  • Poodles are prone to hip dysplasia, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, bloat, patellar luxation (when the knee joint slides in and out of place, causing pain), progressive retinal atrophy (PRA – gradual deterioration of the retina), optic nerve hypoplasia, sebaceous adenitis (SA – genetic skin problem related to Poodles – especially standards), Von Willebrand’s disease (an inherited blood disorder that interferes with the blood’s ability to clot) and Legg-Perthes Disease.
  • Poodles are crossed with other breeds for various reasons, and the resulting puppies (called designer dogs) are described by whimsical portmanteau words, such as Cockapoo or Spoodle (Cocker Spaniel), Maltipoo (Maltese), Goldendoodle (Golden Retriever), Labradoodle (Labrador), Schnoodle (Schnauzer), Pekapoos (Pekingese), Cavoodle (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel), Bernedoodle (Bernese Mountain Dog) and many others.
  • Poodles are also very popular to cross with other breeds because of their fur and the fact that their fur is popular families that prefer hypoallergenic breeds.  Some popular poodle mixes include the goldendoodle and labradoodle, as well as the bernedoodle which is a bernese mountain dog poodle mix.  Maltipoos are also a popular cross between a Maltese and a toy poodle.
  • The Poodle is one of the most popular dogs either in its purebred form — it comes in three sizes: standard, miniature and toy — or in its “Poodle Mixes” or “Designer Dog” form, in which it has been crossed with a variety of other pure breeds to produce the Yorkie Poo, Labradoodle, Goldendoodle, Maltipoo and a host of others.
  • Poodles come in three sizes or varieties: the standard (over 15 inches and 45 to 70 pounds [20 to 32 kilograms]), the miniature (10 or 11 inches to 15 inches and 12 to 20 pounds [5 to 9 kilograms]) and the toy (less than 10 inches and about five to seven pounds [2 to 3 kilograms]).
  • Poodles have been used as working dogs in the military since at least the 17th century, most likely because of their highly intelligent, trainable nature and background as a gundog making them suitable to battlefields, as evidenced by their ability to be trained to ignore gunfire.
  • Poodles dislike being left alone or left out of the family fun and some get anxious at being left in the house alone, but signs of nervousness or neurosis are atypical and not how a Poodle of any size is meant to behave.
  • Poodles, like all dogs, do create dander and saliva, and they can bring allergens inside on their coats, so they are really only hypoallergenic for people who are allergic to dog hair loose in their homes.
  • The Poodle is the national dog of France, but interestingly enough, the breed originated over 400 years ago in Germany as a duck hunter, where the German word “puddling” means splashing in the water.
  • Poodles have taken top honors in many conformation shows, including “Best in Show” at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in 1991, 2002, and 2020 and at the World Dog Show in 2007 and 2010.

Life expectancy

Poodles are generally a healthy breed with a life expectancy of 10-18 years, but like all dog breeds, they are prone to some health issues. You need to be aware of these problems if you consider buying this breed.


After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Dogs for Defense, Inc. He is a sturdy, squarely built dog, active and poised. He is clipped all over for Army work, and his coat is allowed to grow out to a length of 1 or 2 inches, either all over, or with the face and feet clipped bare. He stands from 20 to 25 inches high, weighing from 50 to 75 pounds. His coat is tightly curled, very dense, of any solid color. Special traits. Thus cut down, the Poodle looks like a medium-sized retriever. Unusual ability to learn rapidly, good retention, patience, agility, versatility, courage, keen nose and hearing.” was initiated and became the official procurement agency for all war dogs used in the Army, Navy and Coast Guard.  In 1943, the Poodle was included in a list of 18 official dog breeds used by the Army because “this breed has unusual ability to learn and retain and keen senses.”  The soldier dog training manual stated, “The Standard Poodle as a military dog presents a far different appearance from the traditionally landscaped Poodle seen at a dog show.


As with any breed, you must establish yourself as the “pack leader” or else your Poodle will take charge. If you don’t want your dog barking uncontrollably at the front door, chewing through your favorite slippers, or walking you versus you walking him, your Poodle will need training. Instead, he will know you are serious about rules and establishing boundaries. When we say you need to be the boss, we don’t mean your dog will lose his enthusiasm or spunkiness.


Because they are highly intelligent, harsh training methods do not work with this dog breed in the field-corrections must be timely, given with precision and the trainer must have a firm but kind hand; an overbearing owner training his dog to hunt will find his Standard poodle fearful of his master and the entire experience, and refusing to budge an inch towards the water or into the brush.[12] Hunting poodles typically are dogs with lightning quick reflexes, sprinting hard on command after the downed bird and having a prodigious ability to remember where the bird fell and (though not as good as the English Pointer) a decent nose to sniff and track a bird hiding in tall grass[13][14] It has resulted in a gun dog with extreme intelligence, a relentless drive to catch its quarry, and strong swimming skills that requires special training: their aptitude is second only to the British Border Collie[11] and thus the hunting Standard Poodle requires the gunman to be quite specific as to what he wants and how he wants it done. The breed has been used for fowl hunting in US and Canada since the early 1990s, in and out of hunting tests. The modern Standard retains many of the traits prized by their original owners: a keen working intelligence that makes the dog easy to command, webbed feet that make it an agile swimmer (all of the poodle’s ancestors and descendants had or share the love of water) athletic stamina, and a moisture-resistant, curly coat that acts like a wool jumper in damp conditions. The Poodle, 1600s painting of the traditional poodle Standard Poodle Traditionally the Standard Poodle, the largest of the subtypes, was a retriever or gun dog, used in particular for duck hunting and sometimes upland bird hunting. Towards the second half of the nineteenth century their use in hunting declined in favour of their use in circuses and status symbols of the wealthy, so that by the 20th century they were only found as companions or circus dogs.[8] However, in the past 20 years, some breeders in the United States and Canada have been selecting for dogs with drive for birds in order to revive the breed for hunting, with some success.[9] The Canadian Kennel Club admitted the Standard Poodle for hunting trials in 1996 and the American Kennel Club in 1998, respectively.[10] As of July 2014, the end results of 20 years of breeding to reawaken the hunting instinct have been dogs that are very eager to please their masters. Unlike other spaniels and retrievers, Standard Poodles will attempt to solve a problem independently and need to be told specifically what is wanted when tracking and retrieving a bird.


Because of the haircuts popular in the show ring and their history of being dogs of the middle and upper classes for so long, the Standard Poodle has been stereotyped as an effete and frou-frou dog. For example, with school age children and teenagers they will be absolutely delighted at the prospect of playing hide and seek. Of the size varieties, Standard Poodles are the most highly recommended for families with children. Presuming that stereotype is true where children and teenagers are concerned is a grave mistake, because the truth is that a Standard Poodle will rejoice at the opportunity to bounce around, even roughhouse in the dirt.[74] They have a merry, kindly demeanor and they adore playing games that spark their interest in physical and social stimulation. The Standard would be very happy playing baseball or tennis with kids and teenagers, because that means catching wayward balls in their mouths. They would be happy to run alongside a teenager on a skateboard in autumn, to slide down the hill on a sled in winter with younger children, or to jump in the swimming pool in summertime to chase after diving rings or to splash with the kids so long as they have been taught how to use the stairs to get out and water safety skills for dogs.[75][76][77][78]


Our Trainers have the knowledge and experience to help you channel your Poodles’ intelligence and energy in positive ways allowing you can live together in harmony and instead conflict. Poodles are working dogs and need to be stimulated both mentally and physically and look out when they aren’t. This is often when Bark Busters Trainers are called.


Generally, Poodles do not have a double coat like certain other breeds, but rather have a hair shaft shaped in an unusual way that makes the hair on their bodies curl and kink in on itself; this will not stop growing unless it is clipped or cut, and neglecting to care for this breed’s coat over long periods can have dangerous consequences that can make the dog quite ill from matting and skin infections.[55]


Some of the most popular mix breeds include: The coat is desirable to many people, as it tends to shed less hair throughout the house, and it has a reputation for being less allergenic to people who are allergic to dogs. The curly Poodle coat is a fairly dominant hereditary trait, and so most mix-breed offspring will inherit it. The other advantages of the Poodle cross breeds includes fewer genetic diseases, and the ability to combine the intelligence and trainability of the Poodle with basically any other breed that a person likes the look and/or temperament of.

History of Poodles

  • In 1874 and 1887, the Kennel Club of England and the American Kennel Club first registered them.
  • In 1879, one was even entered at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in America.
  • In 1881 the American Spaniel Club was formed and included many types of Spaniels.
  • in 1888 and currently sits at number 63 out of 194 on the American Kennel Club’s list of America’s most favorite breeds.
  • in 1924, and the AKC recognized them two years later.
  • In 1924, the Curly-Coated Retriever was formally perceived by the AKC, while in 1979, an affiliation named ‘The Curly-Coated Retriever Club of America,’ dedicatedly implied for this breed, was established.
  • In 1938, when CKC recognized the toy poodle, they put both sizes into their non-sporting group.
  • In 1942, the Poodle was one of 32 breeds officially classified as war dogs by the Army.
  • In 1963, the FCI accepted the Slovensky Kopov as a hunting dog of scenthound type.
  • In 1985, the American Eskimo Dog Club of America was formed, and the breed was eventually recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1995.
  • In 1986, CKC allowed poodles to partake in their retriever Working Certificate tests.
  • In 2002, a standard poodle named Topscore Contradiction won Best in Show at Crufts Dog Show, in the United Kingdom of Great Britain.
  • In 2006, the United Kennel Club officially recognized the Transylvanian Hound.
  • In 2011, Groom Team USA traveled to Belgium, and Lindsey helped her team earn the silver medal, competing with a miniature poodle in English Saddle trim.
  • In 2013, a standard poodle named Cooper became the first poodle to earn the title of Master Hunter in three registries.
  • In 2016, an important genetic study of the Bulldog was published.
  • In the 1400s breeders in France started to produce smaller versions of the Poodle, first the Miniature, then the Toy Poodle.
  • In the 1890s, the Chow Chow found his way to the United States of America, where he was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1903.
  • In the 1950’s and 1960’s, Australian breeders imported Darelyn Aristocrat from England, along with Sarona Simon, Banworth Simon, Banworth Athene, and Pegasus; dogs that can be found in over three-quarters of modern Curly Coated Retriever pedigrees.
  • in the 1970s, nearly ten years after the first Poodle mix, the Cockapoo.
  • In the 1980s, an Australian breeder named Wally Conlon crossed a labrador with a standard poodle and labradoodle was born.