The French breed once used to hunt waterfowl was originally named the Caniche, from the nickname chien à cane or canichon (duck dog). The poodle was kept by noble ladies at the time of Louis XIV, was a lapdog at the time of Louis XV and was miniaturized at the time of Louis XVI. Able to adapt to any lifestyle, the Poodle became one of the world’s most popular pet.


Squarely built, and well proportioned. The ears should fold over close to the head, set at, or slightly below, eye level. The coat should be of naturally curly texture, dense throughout, although most have a lion-cut or other, similarly shaven look.

Grooming and Physical Needs

  • Grooming Needs: All Poodles require regular brushing, bathing and trimming. The level of care required can be reduced by regular (6 weekly) clipping.
  • Coat Type: Medium Long Coat.
  • Moulting: None.
  • Exercise Needs: Adult Standard (large) Poodles benefit from regular, moderately vigorous outside exercise and stimulation. The smaller varieties also benefit from a regular outing, especially if they live in an apartment or town house.
  • Average Life Span: 10 – 15 years.


  • Family: Poodles thrive on human companionship and do not do well if deprived of this companionship. All sizes of Poodles are suitable for children as long as responsible adults are providing proper supervision.
  • Temperament: Lively and affectionate, high-spirited, happy dogs who love a busy life and being involved in all family matters.
  • Trainability: Extremely intelligent and eager to please dog therefore easy to train.
  • Sociability (Other Pets): Easily adaptable to other pets, especially if they are raised together. Care needs to be taken with small animals that are natural prey for dogs.
  • Barking: High tendency, good guard dogs, announcing visitors but never being aggressive.


Make wonderful companion dogs and can be good guard dogs.


Prone to eye problems such as cataracts & progressive retinal atrophy.