The following information is used by permission from the Poodle Club of America:
Poodles Come in Three Sizes
• The Standard Poodle: over 15 inches at the shoulder; most standards are in the 22-27 inch range.
• The Miniature Poodle: over 10 inches and not over 15 inches at the shoulder; most are in the 13-15 inch range.
• The Toy Poodle: 10 inches and under at the shoulder.
The original Poodles were water dogs used for retrieving. To this day, their conformation and the texture and pattern of their coats reflect the
purposes for which they were bred. Miniatures and Toys have been bred down from the larger Poodles, and they exhibit the same general
The Poodle is an active, intelligent, ruggedly-built dog that is at the same time elegant and refined. Well-bred Poodles in all three varieties have
steady, calm nerves, hardy constitutions, and they can be easily trained. A Poodle is the most “human like” of dogs, and he expects to be
treated as one. Each Poodle is a character and for that reason, they make wonderful companions.
Exercise, Grooming, and Feeding
A Poodle should be a member of the family. Prospective owners of Poodles should be equipped to provide a fenced-in area in which the Poodle
can exercise or be prepared to walk the Poodle regularly on a leash. Poodles require regular clipping and grooming; a dexterous owner can
readily learn how to groom his own dog or he can take the Poodle to a professional grooming shop. Poodles are not finicky eaters, unless
made so by indulgent owners. They thrive on simple, prepared dog foods.
Finding a Poodle
The best place to buy a Poodle is from a Poodle breeder. A reputable breeder tries to produce the ideal Poodle described in the Standard of
the Poodle. The responsible breeder plans breedings to produce a sound, healthy dog, excellent in conformation and temperament, one which
will be both an ideal show dog and an ideal companion.
A reputable breeder has spent much time and effort in study, breeding and selection; his breeding program is based on accumulated
knowledge of which dogs to use to produce the best Poodles.
Not all the puppies in a litter will satisfy the definition of a show prospect. Maybe in a litter only one or two puppies will be retained for showing;
the others will be classified as “pet puppies.” The differences will be so small that only an expert judge will be able to make the distinction; the
eyes may be a bit too light, the tail a bit gay, or the hocks a bit straight. But all Poodles in the litter will display essentially the same
characteristics, the same quality of construction, personality and health. For a pet price, a prospective buyer can purchase a well-bred,
professionally raised Poodle, backed by the integrity of the breeder and accompanied by helpful advice, instructions and the enduring interest
of the breeder in the welfare of the dog.
Puppy mills and pet shops, and/or those who exploit the popularity of the Poodle in order to make a fast buck, buy their dogs in litters, usually
by mail, as early as they can be weaned. They are not concerned about temperament, heredity faults or quality. They are simply interested in
so many puppies that they can sell for so many dollars. They do not bother about medical care. They are not interested in what happens to the
dog after it is sold. Although the puppy may be accompanied by a pedigree or AKC “papers” (eligibility for registration with the American Kennel
Club), this is not a guarantee of health, disposition, or quality.
Having purchased a beautiful Poodle from a reputable breeder and having noted all the helpful instructions and friendly advice of the breeder
from whom the Poodle has been purchased, the new owner should check out publications recommended by The Poodle Club of America, Inc.,
subscribe to one or more of the magazines and, if interested, begin to build up a reference library. Whether a Poodle owner becomes involved
in the intriguing but complex hobby of breeding and exhibiting Poodles, or takes pleasure in the happy association of a companion dog, the new
owner will find the Poodle one of life’s great delights.
The following information is provided by the Colombia Poodle Club:
Cross-breeding Poodles to another breed will bring some unexpected and often, unfavorable results. It is difficult to predict with any reliability
the characteristics of cross-bred puppies.
In a litter of cross-bred puppies, none of them may look alike. The hair may be long and wavy, short and curly or some other variation. The
health of the cross-breed puppies may also be just as unpredictable with variations in results for hips, and other genetic diseases connected to
the different breeds. The temperament of these cross-breeds is just as unpredictable, and often, buyers who are enticed by the newest of
“designer” dogs, are very surprised they have a puppy with unexpected and significant behavior problems. Sadly, many of these so called
“designer doodle dogs” end up in the pound.
It is for these reasons-- appearance and structure, health, and temperament-- that the Columbia Poodle Club does not support cross-breeding
of Poodles with other breeds. If you want a dog with all of the fabulous qualities of a Poodle, then purchase a pure bred Poodle from a
reputable Poodle breeder!
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