Country of OriginGermany, France
Nicknames and Other NamesCaniche, Pudelhund
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeRetriever
Bred ForRetrieving water games
Recognized ByUKC, CKC, AKC, FCI, ANKC, NZKC, KC (UK)
Life Span10-18 years
Ideal Weight60-70 pounds (male standard)
40-50 pounds (female standard)
Ideal Heightover 15 inches (standard)
below 15 inches (toy)
Fur TypeCurly and Wavy
Common ColorsBlack, White, Apricot, Blue, Fawn, Cream,
Silver, Silver Beige, Gray, Red
AvailabilityEasily available
AchievementsPlayed in the movie “Elbira, Mistress of
the Dark (1998)”
Suitable for ApartmentsYes
Used in World WarYes
Most Similar ToIrish Water Spaniel

With its unique looks, the Poodle stands proudly among dogdom’s true aristocrats. Poodles are impressive dogs and perform best in dog shows.

Poodles are extremely elegant, proud and clever dogs who are notorious for their intelligence and training. These unique-looking dogs have a lively, active, fun-loving temperament with a great sense of ridiculous.


The Poodle is believed to be one of the oldest breed developed originally as a water dog to retrieve game and fowl from the rivers and lakes. However, the exact origin of this breed is still a mystery but it is thought that their ancestors originally hailed from the East of Africa.

Poodles have a very interesting history, they were utilized in every possible way a dog could fill and until today they remain a popular companion.

Poodle got its name from the German extraction ‘pudeln‘ in English it means ‘to splash in the water’. After World War II the Poodles were rarely used in the U.S. But again in the 1950s, the Poodle got its popularity back in the U.S.

Are They Child- Friendly?

Poodles are highly sociable dogs and are very attached with their owners and if properly socialized they can be best playmates for your children. Poodle dogs have the potential to develop a wonderful relationship with children.

They play games well with children and like spending time with people even if it small children.

Temperament, Personality & Behavior

The temperament of Poodle is usually lively, playful, active and agile. They are very clever and make an amazing companion for people of all ages, adaptable to all types of environment and are moderately easy to train.

You should know that they were once very popular circus dogs and because of which they tend to develop few instinctual habits, like marking and hunting which you may notice while they are walking or simply moving around the yard.

Poodle Are Excellent Pet Dog
Black Poodle standing in a yard.
Image Via Wikipedia

Poodles are happy dogs and challenging toys and puzzle games works great for Poodle’s curious personality. Daily walks and lots of play can keep your Poodle happy and healthy. Without enough attention and exercise, they can get bored easily and in result, your Poodle will be restless and tends to develop unwanted behaviors.

Poodles are affectionate dogs and seek love attention. They like being around people and tend to form bond with their family members. They dislike being left alone for long time.They are not aggressive dogs but yes they do make good watch dogs.


Poodles are highly trainable dogs. They are quick learners and do not require very much motivation or reward for training. Compared to many other dog breeds, housetraining a Poodle is typically easy. The Poodles are intelligent breeds and excel naturally in agility competitions.

You can train your Poodle from their early age, you can teach them basic training methods like you can teach them to pick up the newspapers, bring your slippers and give them simple commands. Overall Poodles loving dogs and appreciate any opportunity to learn.


Facts about Poodles

  • Popularity 41 out of 244 Dog Breeds.
  • Poodles come in three size: Standard, miniature and toy.
  • Elvis loved Poodle, when he was in Germany he had a Poodle named Champagne

Health Issues

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesEar Infection, Bloat, Cataracts, Epilepsy,
Hip Dysplasia, Neonatal Encephalopathy,
Cushing’s Syndrome, Addison’s Disease
Vaccination RequiredRabies, Canine Coronavirus Canine Distemper,
Kennel Cough, Canine Parvovirus,
Canine Parainfluenza, Leptospirosis
SheddingNone to Minimal
DroolingLow Drooler
GroomingProfessional Grooming Required
Weight Gain PotentialAverage to High
Separation AnxietyHigh Chance
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 25%
Fat: 8%
Digestive Enzymes
Omega-3 and 6 Fatty Acids

Most common health issues Poodles tend to suffer:

  • Hip Dysplasia: It happens when Poodle’s hip joint becomes weak.
  • Epilepsy: If Poodles suffers from epilepsy, they will exhibit a combination of symptoms such as drooling, walking in place or pacing
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy: It is a serious eye disease that can lead to blindness.


Poodles are found in various color, such as:

  • Black
  • Apricot
  • White
  • Cream
  • Sable
  • Black & White
  • Blue
  • Grey
  • Brown
  • Silver
  • Red


Poodle Are Unique Looking Dogs
Poodle Dog Information Image Via Canna-Pet

Poodles give birth 5-6 puppies at a time. Poodles price varies from size, coat color, and breeders. If you are buying it from a relaible breeder, it can cost you around $1000 from an average.

Which Dogs Are They Similar To?

Dogs similar to Poodle are:

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