The Poodle's non shedding coat makes him a good dog for people with allergies.

The Poodle can accommodate nearly any size living quarters. The Poodle is an active and intelligent breed, requiring daily exercise.

nutrition &FEEDING

Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. The Poodle comes in three varieties; one small (toy), one medium (miniature) and one large standard) and it’s lifespan depends on its size, but most live well into their teenage years.

What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.


Regular weekly grooming with a brush and the occasional bath will keep them clean and looking their best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.

coat length Long
grooming Daily Grooming

energy &EXERCISE

They're eager for all kinds of activity, and they enjoy keeping busy. Poodles are very intelligent and easily trained to do a number of things. Some of the activities that Poodles enjoy are tracking, hunting, agility, and obedience. The Poodle can accommodate nearly any size living quarters. The Poodle is an active breed and requires daily exercise. Poodles are very people-oriented and must be an integral part of their owner’s life to be happy.

energy level Some Exercise

Poodle &HEALTH

Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia and eye disease. Genetically inherited disorders (some of which do not manifest themselves for several years) are present in virtually every living creature and Poodles, unfortunately, are no exception. All three varieties of Poodles have been diagnosed with hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts, idiopathic epilepsy, sebaceous adenitis, von Willebrand's disease, and immune-mediated disorders, including disorders of the thyroid and adrenal glands. Other disorders that may have a genetic basis also occur, as they do in other breeds of dogs.

Two orthopedic problems, Legg-Perthes and luxating patellas, are more likely to occur in Toy and Miniature Poodles than in Standards. The Standard variety is more likely to experience gastric dilatation with volvulus ("bloat") and sebaceous adenitis. Standards also can experience autoimmune disorders such as Addison's disease or Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Poodles are healthy dogs. Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Poodle can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.