Poodle and its varieties

Poodle and its varieties.

royal poodle

A poodle is a breed that currently belongs to the group of decorative dogs, although initially the poodle was a working dog, in particular, it was used for hunting. Poodle and its varieties possesse an extraordinary mind, an outstanding sense of smell, hearing and sight. Even now, some owners use large and small dogs for hunting, detective service, truffle search. Natural observation, quick wits, memory, curiosity help the poodle to catch all the nuances of communication – changes in facial expressions, gestures, intonations of the owner – anticipating his further actions and wishes. The dog is ready for anything, just not to upset the owner, therefore, it seeks to exactly fulfill his instructions, and sometimes manages to do it even before he expressed his wishes. If the poodle made a mistake, by his behavior he will demonstrate that he is asking for forgiveness.

Poodle activity.

The Poodle ranks second in the ranking of the smartest breeds, after the Border Collie, so training these dogs is quite simple. They are ready to obediently carry out any commands from the owner, faithfully follow him and be always there. Dogs are very active, they love to play, especially with children, they are able to withstand heavy physical exertion, but in urban conditions they need long walks. True, toy poodles, due to their size, are not very suitable for active children’s games , but if we are talking about older children, then toy poodles will also be an excellent option for families with children. The name “poodle” comes from the German word Pudeln, which means “to splash”. Therefore, it is not surprising that these dogs love to spend time in the water. They were trained to hunt waterfowl.

Poodle temper.

Karlikovii pudel

The poodle is not aggressive and completely harmless. The attitude towards outsiders depends on whether he likes the person or not. But in extreme cases he can bark at the unwanted. Poodle guards are useless, but if they sense danger, they will certainly alert the owner with a loud bark. If you are choosing a dog that loves children, a poodle is an ideal candidate. Patient and kind, he will certainly treat with understanding even toddlers who strive to drag his tail or pull his ears. Poodles get along well with pets living with them in the same family, including cats. However, representatives of the feline family, not familiar to the dog, may suffer if the hunting instinct leaps into it.

Varieties of poodles.

Poodles are very diverse in appearance. The FCI standard recognizes 4 growth varieties, 6 colors and 2 types of wool.

Growth varieties:

  • Standard or large, it is traditionally also called royal from 45 to 60 cm at the withers
  • Small from 35 to 45 cm at the withers
  • Miniature or dwarf from 28 to 35 cm at the withers
  • Toy – below 28 cm at the withers

Poodle colors.


There are various colors in the breed, but the standard of the breed is the classic colors – black, white and brown, as well as newer, so-called “modern”, silver and red (from fawn to bright orange). Some canine organizations recognize the phantom (black and tan) and harlequin (white and black) varieties, as well as other modified colors, including brindle. In exhibitions, dogs of these colors come out in separate rings, in fact, in many federations these colors are allocated to separate breeds.



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