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Breed origin: Germany
Original purpose: Water retriever.

AKC recognized: 1887
AKC group: Non-Sporting, Toy

Size: Height: 9 to 24 inches
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Color: Solid white, black, blue, gray, silver, brown, cafe-au-lait, apricot, or cream, sometimes showing varying shades of the same color.

Life span: 10 to 13 years.

General characteristics/temperament: 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.

© Roughcollie (Karen Arnold) |
Hypoallergenic? Usually considered good for allergy sufferers.

OK for inexperienced owners? Yes

OK in apartments? Yes

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Intelligent? Extremely

Easy to train? Yes

Energy/Activity Level: High

Good jogging partner? Yes

Suitable canine sports/activities: obedience, agility, rally, hunting, tracking

Exercise requirement: Daily walk and/or play session.

Grooming requirement: 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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Recommended books for further reading:

Poodles (A Complete Pet Owner's Manual)
By Joe Stahlkuppe
Published in 2007
96 pages

The Toy & Miniature Poodle
By Janice Biniok
Published in 2006
208 pages

The Everything Poodle Book
By Janine Adams
Published in 2004
304 pages

Poodles For Dummies
By Susan M. Ewing
Published in 2007
302 pages

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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

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