Types of Poodles: 6 Curly Canines Perfect for Growing Families

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The poodle is said to be the second most intelligent dog breed. 

Poodles are the seventh most common breed in the United States, according to the American Kennel Club. Poodle owners know that this breed comes as both large and small dogs, and are available in various colors and sizes. The AKC recognizes three varieties, while other registration organizations like the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FIC) and poodle lovers acknowledge two more. There are several different types of poodles, but all of them are good companion dogs.

Purebred poodles are breeds with the longest lifespans (particularly when considering the standard poodle, which lives far longer than many other breeds of similar size). Although they frequently live for 12 to 15 years, they are vulnerable to various common health problems. With so many different breeds of poodles available, it can be hard to choose between varieties like the traditional French poodle, bichon mixes, maltese mixes, and even pomeranian mixes. But if you're looking to stay loyal to the traditional poodle, you can grab one of these beautiful pooches, each with their own distinct beauty.

Common Types of Poodles

1. The Standard Poodle

The standard poodle is one of the most common types of poodle, standing at least 15 inches at the shoulder. This is the most common breed standard seen in dog shows. These poodle dogs originated in France, and were imported into the UK not long after that. This popular dog is known for its curly locks of hair, which some owners have corded, or made into dreadlocks of sorts. Most weigh between 45 and 80 pounds. Poodles are courageous, nimble, and enthusiastic. They are incredibly graceful and obedient, making them excellent family dogs and watchdogs. They have many different curly coat colors, including apricot, parti, white, black, and cafe-au-lait.

2. The Miniature Poodle

Miniature poodles are smaller than standard and medium poodles. They are a clever, obedient, and intelligent breed. They're just as quick, enthusiastic, and daring. They are also ideal as household dogs or family pets. The tiny poodle stands 11 to 15 inches tall and weighs 14 to 18 pounds on average.

3. The Toy Poodle

Toy poodles are the smallest of the popular poodle breeds. The smallest of the three AKC-recognized size varieties is the little toy poodle. They are typically 8 to 10 inches tall at the shoulder, making them ideal for pint-sized children. If you're seeking a lovable lap dog, a toy Poodle is a good choice.

4. The Teacup Poodle

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Most major breed registries do not recognize teacup poodles. They are an unofficial moniker given to tiny toy poodles by breeders and poodle lovers. Teacup dogs are frequently bred to be unnaturally small, and they suffer from a variety of health issues, similar to the teacup chihuahua. The majority of canines who wear the mark weigh between 5 and 7 pounds.

5. The Moyen (Klein) Poodle

Most Klein poodles stand between 15 and 20 inches tall and weigh between 40 and 50 pounds. They are slightly smaller than standard poodles but are not one of the smaller sizes of poodles. They are bright and easily trained, making them some of the smartest dogs. They have all of the qualities of a standard poodle except for their size. They may be advantageous if you want a lap dog who can also function as a guard dog or water dog.

6. Poodle Mixes

Aside from the pure breeds mentioned above, there are other variations of poodles that may be generated by crossbreeding one of the variations with another breed of dog. Doodles are the name given to these hybrids. The most popular poodle hybrid, the Labradoodle, is produced by crossing any variation of the poodle with a Labrador retriever, while cockapoos are produced by crossing poodles with a cocker spaniel. Schnoodles are produced by combining schnauzers with poodles. Shih-poos are produced by crossing a toy poodle or a tiny poodle with the Shih Tzu breed. Goldendoodles are golden retrievers mixed with poodles, and maltipoos are maltese dogs combined with poodles. Because poodles are low-shedding, poodle mixes are prized for their hypoallergenic properties compared to other dogs, and are some of the best dogs for people with allergies. A mixed breed poodle can also alleviate some of the health problems that purebred dogs face, making them a great choice.

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