Black Standard Poodle in Grass
The popular Poodle may have a bit of a froufrou reputation due to the unusual haircut used on show dogs, but he’s usually not a prissy pup. He is typically a brainy dog with a sense of humor who enjoys learning and exercise. Poodles come in three sizes, but otherwise the Standard, Miniature and Toy Poodles are similar. Learn more about the Poodle and whether he might be the right dog breed for you.

They may seem smarter than you.

Considered one of the smartest dog breeds, the Poodle is usually easily trainable and typically loves to learn new things. It’s no wonder Poodles used to be popular as circus performers.

They’re often active.

The Poodle tends to be a guy on the go. He can excel at performance activities like agility and obedience. Standard Poodles in particular need plenty of exercise to be happy.

They’re not big shedders.

Thanks to his curly coat, the Poodle usually doesn’t shed very much and may be more easily tolerated by people with allergies. However, the breed’s coat typically requires grooming every six to eight weeks. Without regular clipping, it will likely become matted.

They tend to be friendly.

Poodles tend to enjoy people, and even other dogs and cats. In fact, their amiable nature can make them good candidates for therapy work and visiting with people in nursing homes, hospitals and schools.

They tend to be good-natured.

The people-pleasing Poodle typically has a sunny disposition and generally loves being the center of attention. He also tends to have a good sense of humor.

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