Poodle

Read our comprehensive guide to Poodles, including information on predisposed health issues, exercise needs, family friendliness, grooming, history, overview & temperament.

Dog
17 Oct 2023

History of Poodle Dogs 

The Poodle breed can be traced back to Germany in the 15th century where it was originally bred to be a sporting dog because of its ability to hunt and swim. One of the most recognised breeds in the world, the Poodle falls into the working dog category and is universally adored for its elegance and grace. Today the standard Poodle make loyal companions for dog lovers. There are three different types of Poodle: standard, toy and miniature.

 

What to expect when caring for your Poodle

Common Poodle Health Issues

What are the most common breed-related health issues you might encounter as a Poodle owner?

Glaucoma – An eye issue this breed is particularly susceptible to is Glaucoma. Resulting from a build-up of fluid, this is a hereditary issue that can’t be cured but can be managed with medication.

Addison’s Disease – Poodles are predisposed to this condition which affects the adrenal glands. The cause for this disease is still unknown.

Hip Dysplasia – Hip Dysplasia in Poodles causes arthritic changes over time as a result of the hip joint growing incorrectly.

How Much Grooming Do Poodles Need?

Poodles either have a corded or a curly coat which comes in many colours. This breed is fairly high maintenance when it comes to grooming and the coat will need to be clipped every 6 weeks and many owners tend to seek assistance from a professional groomer. This is a light-shedding breed and is considered excellent for allergy sufferers.

How Much Exercise Do Poodles Need?

Poodles are exuberant dogs that like to romp around and as a result, need regular play sessions and walks with their owner or a dog walker. Poodles love the water and are strong swimmers and this can be a great way for them to burn off any pent-up energy. A 60-minute walk per day is sufficient for this breed. Due to the intelligence of this breed, mental stimulation is important and therefore it is advisable to mix up your walks and vary the location so your pooch doesn’t get bored of the same route.

  1. Poodle Personality Traits

    What to expect from your Poodle

    Soft and adorable, the Poodle has the ability to melt an owner’s heart with nothing more than a look in their direction. This dog with its iconic curly coat is one of the most intelligent breeds on the planet and can turn its hand to any trick. While the Poodle is cute and cuddly in looks and temperament, it is also noble and smart which is a heart-warming combination that you can’t fail to adore. Often used as a Therapy dog, this is a nod to the breed’s loving and gentle nature.

  2. Are Poodles Family Friendly?

    How will they behave around my family?

    If you want a family companion, a Poodle is a superb option because this breed is people orientated. Because of the aesthetic of the Poodle, there is a common misconception that this breed is arrogant and aloof but the temperament of the Poodle means it’s a kid-friendly breed. They are sociable dogs and enjoy sharing their space with not only children but other pets too. Poodles get attached to their family members and are prone to separation anxiety if left alone for long periods of time so if you work away from home this may not be the best breed for you.

Key Facts Summary
Size:
15 inches
Weight:
18kg-31kg
Temperament:
Noble and Intelligent
Lifespan
10-18 Years
Average Cost:
£765-£1148

Poodle FAQs:

How Big is a Toy Poodle?

What separates the Toy poodle from the Standard and Miniature Poodle? The answer is its size. A Toy poodle is 8 inches tall while a miniature poodle is 11 inches tall.

When Should a Standard Poodle Get The First Haircut?

A proper grooming schedule should begin around 12 weeks old. This will be your pet’s first introduction to nail cutting, hair clipping, bathing and blow-drying.

Which is Smaller Toy or Miniature Poodle?

The Toy Poodle is the smaller of the two, standing at 8 inches tall.

Like all dog breeds, Poodles are prone to a number of common health problems so having pet insurance can help to protect you against those unexpected vet bills. You can find out more about your cover options benefits with Asda Money Dog Insurance here.

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