Other names: Toy poodle, Miniature poodle, Barbone, Poodle

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The Poodle is one of the most popular dogs in France. Families love her jovial and very cute face, her softness, her tranquility and her incessant desire to move. It brings dynamism to the lives of everyone. He is also very sociable, does not require constant maintenance, and has the particularity of having robust health.



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Hair type Half-long
Origin France
Template Average
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 6 kg to 23 kg From 28 cm to 60 cm
Male From 6 kg to 23 kg From 28 cm to 60 cm
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History of the breed

A breed of French origin , the Poodle descends from the Barbet , from which he inherits the general appearance and ease of hunting in an aquatic environment. The Poodle was indeed used in duck hunting; Etymologically, the words Poodle and Duck also have the same root. The term Poodle was formerly used in the feminine to designate the female of the Barbet. Gradually, he established himself as one of the best companion dogs thanks to his jovial and dynamic character. The breed standard was established in 1936.

Louis XVI also owned a Poodle. He was shaved like a lion. During the Second Empire, the Poodle saw its popularity explode, so much so that it had become the companion dog par excellence.

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Physical features

There are 4 varieties of Poodles, the standard of which is the same for all, with sizes ranging from single to double.
The large Poodle: its size varies between 45 and 60 cm. It has the same appearance as the Average Poodle and resumes its general proportions, but with larger dimensions.
The average Poodle: its size varies between 35 and 45 cm.
The Miniature Poodle: its size varies between 28 and 35 cm. It has the appearance of the average Poodle, but with reduced dimensions.
The Toy Poodle: its size varies between 24 and 28 cm. It has the appearance and general proportions of the Miniature Poodle, while being smaller.

Its coat : abundant, fine and woolly. It is curly and elastic in the Curly-haired Poodle, tight and forming cords in the Corded Poodle.
Its color : imperatively united. The coat can be black, white, brown (dark), gray (uniform, neither blackish nor whitish) or fawn.
His head : twice as long as it is wide, proportionate to the body, neither heavy nor too thin. The stop is lightly marked, but it should not be erased.
Its ears : flat, long, falling along the cheeks and enlarged, then rounded at their end. The skin of the pinna reaches or exceeds the corner of the lips when it is worn forward. Furnished with long wavy hairs.
His eyes : almond-shaped, black or dark brown, with an intelligent and dynamic expression.
His body : well proportioned, slightly longer than high (at the level of the withers). The back is short, the withers moderately developed, the loins firm and muscular and the croup rounded, without being drooping.
Its tail : set high, at the level of the kidney line. Worn at 9:10 a.m. from the back line.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Poodle is a dog full of vitality and energy . He is driven by a great intelligence and a tendency for curiosity which makes him always inclined to learn. Very attached to his master, he will always strive to please him. The Poodle is also very attentive to the slightest unusual movement and any suspicious presence, which makes it a very good alarm dog . He only barks if he notices something abnormal. Very popular in France, the Poodle has a jovial, amiable and loyal character . He is very cuddly and will not hesitate to let himself be caressed for hours by his master.

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Endowed with a great intelligence , the Poodle quickly assimilates the rules , the orders and the exercises which are inculcated to him during his education. However, it should not be too firm or violent, because this dog is particularly sensitive, even sensitive. Play is the best way to make them excellent and pleasant companions for adults and children alike. Do not hesitate to reward him for his good deeds and never argue with him during his silliness.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

Urban life is fine for the Poodle, especially with the smaller sized varieties, but he particularly appreciates being able to grow in an outdoor space . If he has adapted very well to a city lifestyle, the large Poodle will always have a preference for large country expanses and land with water points.

A house with a garden will suit him like a glove, since he will alternate between inside and outside, where he can frolic. Apartment life can suit him without worry, as long as he takes him out regularly so that he can spend himself as he should.


Ease of gaining weight

The Poodle is a robust dog with exceptional longevity , since it can live 15 years on average (between 12 and 19 years). He does not present any particular health problems, apart from a risk of otitis and a tendency to develop tartar on his teeth.

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Litter size

Between 2 and 4 puppies

To protect you from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends Poodle dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 10 years

Maximum: 13 years

The life expectancy of a Poodle is, on average, between 10 years and 13 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Poodle loses little hair , but its thick coat needs to be regularly maintained in order to maintain its beautiful appearance. Inspect its ears regularly to prevent ear infections and prefer kibble to help it fight tartar.

It is recommended to brush it daily using a rubber brush and a metal comb. Visits to the groomer at a bimonthly rate are recommended. The frequency of grooming becomes much more important if you want to get him to participate in contests. In this case, the maintenance budget to be expected increases considerably.

Price and budget

Purchase price

€ 600
1000 €

The purchase price of a Poodle is between 600 € and 1000 €.

Annual maintenance cost

1050 €
€ 1150

The annual maintenance cost of a Poodle is between € 1,050 and € 1,150.

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The Poodle must benefit from a diet adapted to its morphology and its daily energy expenditure . Thus, he must be able to swallow high quality kibble which will provide him with all the nutrients essential for his good health. Do not hesitate to contact a veterinarian for more personalized information.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Poodle needs daily walks and a few games to thrive . He will never be reluctant to learn new exercises, as long as they are rewarded and happily celebrated.


Classifications & Standards
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(KC) The Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 9: Companion and Toy Dogs

Recognized by FCI

Since 1955


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