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Tags: toy, hypoallergenic, High energy level, Adaptable to apartment life, Kid-friendly

Let's clear up a few things about Poodles -- namely the size and the shape. Standard Poodles, by definition, are over 15 inches at the shoulder. Miniature Poodles are 10 to 15 inches. Toys are 10 inches or under. But we're all Poodles, admitted in 1887 to the AKC's Non-sporting Group (for the Standards and Miniatures) and the Toys to the Toy Group. But you might not know from the shape of some Poodles because of the clipping style. The "show cuts" display all the shaved-and-scissored puffs and pom-poms and topknots. The "Sporting" and "Puppy" cuts are the more uniform, shorter cuts for pets that won't enter the show ring. Some owners like their very-long-haired Poodles in corded dreadlocks like the Komondor. Whatever the cut, we're all Poodle-shaped (deep chest, skinny waist) under the fur, which is non-shedding and hypoallergenic. Several groomings a year will keep me looking good in any cut. Ask the groomer to recommend an implement to keep me mat-free between visits.

Rave review

  • Adaptable to apartment life -- with appropriate exercise
  • Affectionate, devoted family friend
  • Agile and active
  • Aloof and proud
  • Busy is better than bored
  • Classy canine

Report card

  • Coat requires regular care
  • Confident and self-assured
  • Energizer doggie
  • Even-tempered, good-natured
  • Independent thinker
  • Intelligent and ready to learn
  • Loves kids and vice versa
  • Pleased to please
  • Social butterfly
  • Socialization and training should start early
  • Stubborn streak
  • Sweet disposition
  • Takes to training

What to expect

I'm smart enough (Poodles rank second in intelligence among dog breeds) to know I need your help with one annoying Poodle trait. I can be awfully possessive. While my Poodle brain lets me learn the names of 50 different toys ("Old Tennis Ball," "Big Frisbee," "Monkey Man," etc.) and bring the right one to you from the toy box, I won't let it loose from my teeth. That's possessive, and that's not what I want to be -- with your help and training. Hint: Say, "Sit" and "Drop it" and when I do, reward good behavior. Another Hint: reward me by throwing Monkey Man so I can fetch it and drop it again.

Watch for

Possible bloat, CHD, (hip dysplasia), cancer, Cushing's disease, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, progressive retinal atrophy, skin conditions, and von Willebrand's disease.

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