The Poodle: A Complete Guide

If you are looking for a supermodel/mom equivalent in the dog world, your best match will definitely be the Poodle.

They are proud, elegant, and extremely clever. Poodles are really devoted to their families, with a long history, and a bunch of pleasantly surprising talents.

But, at the same time, they don’t have a problem being the dog show models that win the blue ribbons.

So, if you are looking for an elegant family dog, this breed might be your best choice.

However, choosing the perfect puppy is not an easy task if you aren’t that familiar with the breed itself and the things to keep in mind before buying a puppy.

Therefore, we’ve decided to make the entire process easier and less stressful for you. Within this Poodle guide, you will get to know this breed much, much better.

You will get an insight into what to pay attention when choosing a pup, and which questions to keep in mind when talking to a breeder.

Also, you will discover what to expect from living with a poodle, and how to take care of your dog and make everything fun and memorable.

Let’s start with the things to be aware of before buying a pup.

The Poodle Puppies – Before You Buy…

The Poodle
The Poodle is so sweet.

Before you decide that the Poodle is definitely the breed you want to give a loving home, ask yourself these questions:

  • Can I afford a Poodle puppy?
  • Will I be able to find a reputable breeder?
  • Do I, or my family and I, have what it takes to live with a Poodle puppy?

Once you find the answers to these questions, you can proceed and open your home door with a pup in hands.

What price are the Poodle puppies?

Assuming that you are looking for a Standard Poodle since out guide isn’t named “Miniature poodle guide”, the price range you can expect in the States goes from $1,500 to $3,000 for a pup that comes from a litter with health tested parents.

On the other side of the “pond”, in the UK, the price range for the same-quality, Basset Hound puppy goes from £800 to £1,200.

How to find reputable Poodle breeders?

Finding a reputable breeder that has premium-quality pups, without any hidden flaws or genetic conditions, is actually much easier than you might have thought.

All you have to do is follow these DOs and DON’Ts. Let’s first start with the DON’T’s.

Don’t:

  • Buy a puppy from a pet store as they are in most cases supplied by puppy mills, which have horrible living conditions and care for the pups, so they are usually in bag health shape.
  • Don’t buy a puppy from a breeder that doesn’t know much about the breed and doesn’t have all the necessary health papers and clearings.
  • Don’t buy from a breeder that seems interested only in the money and doesn’t even seem to care that much about his pups.

Do:

  • Try to find satisfied dog owners that got their dogs from the breeder you are interested in and see how their pups turned out to be.
  • Ask plenty of questions about the breed, the proper care advice when speaking with the breeder.
  • Ask for health clearances for both the pup’s parents and if possible grandparents.
  • Ask to see the pup’s both parents in person so that you can see how they behave.
  • Once you are sure that all the points from the DOs list are satisfied, you can be sure you are dealing with a reputable breeder.
  • This professional is focused on making the breed even healthier and more developed, and he is in love with the dogs, not the money.

3 Little-known facts about the Poodle puppies

The Poodle
The Poodle is highly devoted to its family.

Let’s see what little-known facts about the Poodle puppies we have gathered to give you a better idea of what to expect when living together.

  • If left without a training, Poodles will grow up into the “Alphas of the household”

Poodles can get dominant if they are left without a training. Pretty soon, the untrained Poodle will become extremely spoiled and think that he is the leader of the pack.

  • There are more reasons to train them

Poodles are intelligent, and as such, they need the mental stimulation the training provides.

Otherwise, they will get bored and that leads to destructive behavior and usually with damaged furniture or shoes.

  • They are high-demand when it comes to appearance

The fancy Poodle coat doesn’t come like that on its own. It actually needs plenty of maintenance and dog hair salon visits.

Therefore, you can either learn to fix your Poodle’s hairdo by yourself or get used to taking your dog to the hair salon pretty often.

Physical Traits of the Poodle

It’s time to get the Poodle better when it comes to size and life expectancy. A little hint – Considering that these are medium-sized dogs, their life expectancy is higher than expected.

How big is a full-grown Poodle?

When fully grown, the size of the Standard poodle goes from 15 to 22 inches in height, and from 45 to 70 pounds of weight.

Of course, the males are on the higher end of the range while females are smaller and lighter.

What is the life expectancy of the Poodle?

Having in mind that this is not a toy breed that is well-known for a long lifespan, the average life expectancy of the Poodle, 12 – 15 years, comes as a positive surprise.

It only means plenty of time for making great memories with your smart and loyal companion!

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Poodle

The Poodle
The Poodle is the best choice for any family.

Even though today’s poodles seem like they are all about living in luxury and leisure, that is just how they look, not act.

The Standard poodle is a well-known working dog and it is an excellent water retriever and isn’t afraid of jumping into the water to fetch what the owner desires.

Furthermore, the Standard Poodle is the oldest type and is the brightest student in a class of Poodles of all types.

It will ace all the hunt tests, and agility and obedience challenges.

But, the smaller size poodles are not falling much behind when it comes to intelligence, and generally speaking, Poodles are well known for having dignity, yet being playful, and for their thirst to learn new things.

Also, even though they look snobbish, poodles are quite people friendly and won’t react to strangers aggressively unless they are provoked.

They tend to be reserved in the beginning, but once they are sure the stranger is a friend, they warm up and even want to play.

As for the family, the Poodle is definitely a dog that loves being close to his human family.

In fact, if they are separated from their family for a long period of time, they can suffer from separation anxiety which includes aggressiveness and absence of appetite.

Furthermore, this breed is well-known for being protective of their family, which means that your dog will warn you with a high-pitched bark if they hear or smell something fishy.

And, if you want a well behaving Poodle, early training and socialization are required, as well as regular exercise so that your Poodle can burn off that excess energy and stay calm and more positive while indoors.

In the end, you will be amazed how Poodles actually remind us of us, humans, with their unbelievable intellect and the fact that they understand pretty much everything you tell them.

Poodle Diet

If you want to provide a proper diet for your Poodle, you must include all the minerals and vitamins, as well as proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vegetables, and grains your dog needs to stay healthy and develop the right way.

The ingredients that should be included in the meal include beef, chicken, lamb, turkey, fish and vegetable oil, whole oats, barley, or brown rice.

And, you should also consider giving your Poodle fruits, as they are excellent sources of fiber.

How much Exercise does a Poodle need?

The answer to this question is rather simple – Poodles need high levels of exercise.

This is a very active breed and it needs daily exercise session to burn off some of that accumulated energy.

Plus, you will need to take your Poodle for a walk at least twice a day, around 45 minutes per walk.

Even though they are not big dogs such as some shepherd breeds, Poodles posses great amounts of stamina.

And, they do love a good walk combined with the excitement of running with other dogs in the park or while playing fetch.

The Poodle Health and Conditions

In general, Poodles are known for being healthy dogs. Unfortunately, there are certain diseases and health conditions they can develop over time or inherit from the parents.

These health issues include:

  • Mitral valve disease
  • Addison’s Disease
  • Patellar luxation
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Cushing’s Syndrome

And this is what you need to ask the test results for when talking to the breeder.

My final thoughts on the Poodle

We have reached the end of your Poodle guide.

To make sure we have covered every possible angle, let’s take a look at a short summary of what we talked about today.

If you are thinking of becoming a Poodle owner, the lifestyle you live determines the type of the Poodle you should get.

For example, for older people who are not that active, a great Poodle would be the Toy type, due to their low exercise requirements.

But, the Toy Poodle is not the perfect choice for families with small kids, as they are delicate and can get easily hurt while playing with the kids.

This is why the Standard Poodle is the best family choice. It is tough, and much more tolerable towards small kids than the Toy or Miniature Poodles.

And, they are a much better fit for families with an active lifestyle, and they will enjoy keeping up with the rest of the family.

 All in all, the Poodle can be a great dog if you have time to train and socialize it properly. It will love the entire family and be happiest when there’s something you all can do together.

But, that family devotion level with Poodles is high and they will be really sad if left alone for more than a day.

But, with mutual love, everything is possible and we are sure you will find a way to be there for your Poodle just as it is for you all the time.

Thank you for reading our in-depth guide.

If you think that more of your friends should get familiar with the wonderful traits of this breed, and if some of them should also consider becoming Poodle owners, feel free to share this guide on social media.

Let’s show the world how great these dogs can be if they have who to love and to be loved back.

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OVERALL SUMMARY

3.5
Cost to Buy
10
Cuteness Level
9
Family Safety
8.5
Friendliness
7
Health Concerns
7.5
Life Span
6.5
Exercise Required
6
Food Required
OVERALL RATING 7.3 / 10

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