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Breed origin: Germany
Original purpose: Water retriever.
AKC recognized: 1887
AKC group: Non-Sporting, Toy
Height: 9 to 24 inches
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Solid white, black, blue, gray, silver, brown, cafe-au-lait, apricot, or cream, sometimes showing varying shades of the same color.
10 to 13 years.
The Poodle is dignified, very active, and intelligent. There are three size varieties, and they can adapt to almost any size living quarters. They are exceptionally smart and excel in obedience competition.
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Usually considered good for allergy sufferers.
OK for inexperienced owners?
OK in apartments?
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Easy to train?
Good jogging partner?
Suitable canine sports/activities:
obedience, agility, rally, hunting, tracking
Daily walk and/or play session.
The Poodle is considered a minimal-shedding breed and tends to be better tolerated by allergy sufferers. However, they require professional grooming every six to eight weeks plus regular brushing. Show dogs require about 10 hours of brushing and grooming per week. Pet dogs are generally kept in a lower-maintenance clip.
Known health problems:
Hip dysplasia, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, Addison's disease, gastric dilatation volvulus, Cushings syndrome, hepatitis, Legg-Calve-Perthes syndrome, patellar luxation, progressive retinal atrophy, von Willebrand's disease, sabaceous adenitis, cancer, ear infections, renal disease, cataracts.
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Other websites for additional information:
American Kennel Club breed page
Poodle Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Poodle Club of America Rescue