Often associated with the image of a pampered pooch, Poodles are in fact part of the working dog family and were originally bred to retrieve waterfowl. They have many sides to their personality, mixing a lively, fun-loving temperament with an alert and responsive nature. Considered one of the most intelligent breeds, Poodles come in three sizes: Standard, Miniature and Toy and are commonly bred with Labradors, Golden Retrievers and Cocker Spaniels to create popular crossbreeds such as the Cockapoo.
|Coat:||Thick, curly, hypoallergenic|
|Exercise:||1 hour a day|
|Life span:||12 - 15 years|
|Temperament:||Intelligent, friendly, responsive, alert|
The Poodle temperament is friendly, playful, responsive and fun – making them ideal family dogs for households with lots going on. All three sizes – Standard, Toy and Miniature – share very similar personality characteristics.
Poodles are a bouncy breed and will need up to an hour of physical exercise every day. Introducing games as part of your Poodle’s training plan will help exercise their minds and prevent boredom too.
Poodle coats come in a variety of solid colours, including white, black, cream, brown, silver, apricot, red and fawn. They are considered to be a non to low shedding dog, which means they are a good choice for people with allergies.
Feeding your Poodle will depend on their size. The larger, Standard Poodle has a much bigger appetite and capacity than the smaller Toy Poodle. Depending on how much exercise they get, an adult Standard Poodle will typically consume up to 1,500 calories a day.
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Poodles sometimes suffer with epilepsy and are prone to hereditary and congenital conditions. Petplan dog insurance offers peace of mind that they will always be protected.