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Poodle Dog Breed Information, Facts & Characteristics

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Poodle is an ancient breed of water dog, classified to non sporting group of dogs. The Poodle is an active, playful, fun-loving and devoted and hypoallergenic dog, that hardly sheds or drools.

Originally Poodle was bred to be a hunting dog, basically a water retriever. They were groomed as a hunting companion, specialized to retrieve the shot waterfowl from the swamps and lakes. Latter the multi talented Poodles worked as a circus performer, military dog, and a guide dog. Today they are accepted as an excellent family pet and companions.



There is certain controversies about the history of the poodle, The cynologists have different opinions about the origin of the Poodle,

  • The majority of cynologists believe, Poodle was originated in Germany.
    It was a German water dog, called "Pudel". The name Pudle was derived from the Low German word "puddeln" which means "to splash". The medium sized poodle or known as Klein Poodle in Germany, that means small in German.
  • But some cynologists believe, the Poodle is descended from the Barbet dog that was originated from France.
    Poodle is the national dog of France, and also known as the "Caniche" (French for "duck dog"). The small to medium sized poodle or known as Moyen Poodle in Germany, the Moyen means medium in French..
  • Some cynologists also claim, the Poodle was originated from Denmark, Portugal, Spain or Africa.

10 Interesting Facts about Poodles

  • he presence of poodles can be found in the 14th/15th century Europe and introduced to the rest of the world in the late 17th century.
  • The American Kennel Club (AKC), first recognized Poodles in 1887.
  • Poodles are the national dog of France.
  • The smallest variety of Poodle (Toy Poodle) was bred in England in the 18th century.
  • Poodles are the top choice for circus dogs.
  • Poodles are hypoallergenic dogs that don't shed or drool.
  • The Poodle mixes are the most popular designer dog breeds.
  • Poodles are the only dog breed that comes in seven different varieties. Four are recognized types and three are unofficial types, promoted by breeders.
  • Poodle Dogs can be seen in more than 45 Hollywood Movies.
  • The standard Poodle (Bruno), won the coveted Palm Dog award at Cannes Film Festival for his work in “The Meyerowitz Stories”, in 2017.

Physical Traits and Breed Information

  • Group : Non Sporting (AKC), Companion Dog (FCI)
  • Height : 9-24 Inch
  • Weight : 6-77 Pounds
  • Lifespan: 10 -18 Years (AKC), 12 -18 Years (FCI)
  • Coat and Color : White, Apricot and Red, Black, Brown, Silver, Mix of two or three colors
  • Breed Recognition : AKC (USA), BKC (Britain), FCI (Europe), KC, PCA and most of the major kennels.

Coat and Colors

The poodle has curly, soft and woolly coats, that can also be "corded".

The Poodle dogs are available in a wide variety of colors, the most common colors are The most common colors are White, Apricot and Red, Black, Brown, Silver, and Mix of two or three colors. The mix color of the Poodle is known as, Parti Poodle, Merle Poodle and Blue Merle Poodle.

Coat and Colors Of Poodle (White Poodle, Black Poodle, Apricot and Red and Poodle, Brown Poodle, Silver Poodle, Phantom Poodle, Parti Poodle, Marle Poodle, Tri Marle Poodle)

Coat and Colors Of Poodle (White Poodle, Black Poodle, Apricot and Red and Poodle, Brown Poodle, Silver Poodle, Phantom Poodle, Parti Poodle, Marle Poodle, Tri Marle Poodle)

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Worldwide Popularity

  • Worldwide: Ranked 9th most popular breed in the world. (AKC ranking, Year 2021) and ranked 6th top registered breed in the world. (Year 2021)
  • Canada: Ranked 4th top registered breed, in Canada Club registration. (Year 2004 to 2020)
  • France: National Dog breed in France.
  • UK: Poodle were the 3rd top gaining popularity breed in UK. The demand for Miniature Poodle,was increased by 18.00% in one year (Year 2019-2020).And demand for the Toy Poodle, increased by 19.00% in one year (Year 2019-2020).
  • Argentina, Japan, Uruguay: Standard poodle is the top demanded dog breed in year 2021.

Popularity in USA

  • Year 1920: Poodles were so unpopular they all but died out in America. They staged a comeback in the 1930s.
  • Year 1963: Poodle Continues to be the top breed in U. S. Popularity.
    - Reference, New York Times (
  • Year 1960 to 1982: In terms of popularity, the Poodle was ranked number 1 dog in America for more than two decades, which is the longest reign of any other dog breed.
    - Reference, American Kennel Club (
  • Year 1982 to 2021: The Poodle has maintained the position to be among one of the Top 10 most popular dogs in America.
    - Reference, American Kennel Club (
  • Year 2020/2021: Poodles are the seventh most popular breed.
    - Reference, American Kennel Club (

The Different Types Of Poodles

The AKC (American Kennel Club) only recognizes three types of poodles,
1: Standard Poodle, 2: Miniature Poodle, and 3: Toy Poodle.

The FCI (Europian Kennel Club - The Fédération cynologique internationale) recognizes four types of Poodles. The fourth type of poodle is "Medium Poodle".

Also, there are other types of Poodles, which are popular but not recognized by the major kennels, 1: The Royal Standard Poodle, 2: Teacup Poodle and 3: Other "Moyen, Klein, Dwarf Poodle or French Poodle".

The height of the Poodle is the most important for distinguishing the variety of the Poodle.

The different type of Poodle based to their size

The different varieties of Poodles based to their size and Kennel Club recognition.

The different type of Poodles, distinguished based on height

The different type of Poodles, distinguished based on height

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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