Lifespan – 12 to 15 Years. Most poodles live to be at least 14 years old.
Activity Level – Somewhat. Standard Poodles need a lot more exercise than their smaller counterparts the toy poodles. They were once bred to retrieve water fowl. Despite their social stigma, they still love the outdoors and rustling around in the dirt.
Potential Height – 15 to 22 Inches Tall. Toy Poodles grow to 11 to 15 inches.
Potential Weight – 45 to 70 Pounds. Toy Poodles grow to 15 to 17 pounds.
Barking – Light to Moderate. Poodles will absolutely let you know when a stranger is approaching the house. It will take some time for them to warm up to strangers. However, they will learn to read your body language quite well. If you are nervous, they will be too.
Shedding – None. Even though a poodle does not shed, it does not mean that you will spend less time dealing with their hair. Poodles need to be groomed at least every 4-6 weeks. If they are not groomed properly, their hair will tangle. It can even cause their hair to get infected at the root if they are not groomed properly.
Family Friendly – Yes. Poodles are one of the most family friendly breeds. They are really an owner friendly breed due to their extremely high level of intelligence. Young children should be supervised around toy poodles due to their small size. They can easily injure a small toy poodle.
Pet Friendly – Yes. They do very well with other dogs but may need time to adjust when a new dog is introduced. It is always a good idea to introduce other pets for the first time outside your home. This will keep the dog that was in the home first from feeling like his or her territory is being encroached upon.
Breed Origins – The poodle is one of the oldest breeds of dog ever documented. However, there is still some controversy over what breeds were used to create the poodle. It has been stated that they are a combination of Spanish, Russian, German, Portuguese, Hungarian and French water dogs. We are sure you will agree that is quite a combination of dogs. There are several theories regarding the origin of the breed. We do know that the smaller breeds started to come about during the 1400’s. The toy and miniature poodle was not made by breeding a poodle with a smaller breed of dog. Breeders just kept breeding small poodles with one another to ensure the puppies would be smaller. While the Poodle would be used to retrieve ducks the toy poodle was a companion dog.
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