Posted by: paperbacks | October 19, 2007

Poodle

Description: Poodles come in three recognized sizes. The Standard Poodle is the largest, and stands over 15 inches at the shoulder. According to the Poodle Club of America, most Standard Poodles are actually in 22 to 27 inches range. The Miniature Poodle stands between 10 and 15 inches at the shoulder. The Toy Poodle stands below 10 inches at the shoulder. All sizes of poodles share the same active and intelligent characteristics. Poodles range in color from white to black, including shades of gray in between, and apricot. According to the American Kennel Club standard, poodles have a confident and proud nature, with timidity seen as a fault.

Poodles are a good choice for a family, as they are not an aggressive breed. They will bond with everyone in the family, not just one member. Any breed needs training to be a good family pet, and poodles are relatively easy to train. Poodle owners describe their dogs as having full and diverse personalities. They are empathetic dogs, expressing concern when their owners are feeling down.

Lifestyle: Poodles need a yard and regular walks for exercise. They do not need any fancy dog food, and will do well with simple dog food.

Grooming: Poodles need frequent brushing and clipping, which can be done by the owner if desired. They should be combed weekly or with more frequency to avoid matting. Poodles have hypoallergenic fur and do not shed.

Stock Photo of a Chocoloate Poodle

Health Issues: Most large dogs are prone to hip dysplasia, but this problem is common in miniature poodles too. It is an inherited problem. Epilepsy is also an inherited problem, and occurs in all sizes of poodles. A reputable breeder should not breed dogs that have any

inheritable diseases. Other inheritable disorders found in poodles includes Von Willebrand’s Disease and Progressive Retinal Atrophy. Another disease, Legg-Calve-Perth is believed to be hereditary, although it is not certain. Other problems to watch out for are hypothyroidism and kneecap dislocation.

Sources:
American Kennel Club
Poodle Club of America
Canada’s Guide to Dogs

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