Poodle Characteristics


Before we begin to learn how to train a Poodle, let us look at the characteristics and temperament of the breed. The poodle is an active, intelligent and elegant dog, squarely built, and well proportioned. To ensure the desirable squarely built appearance, the length of body measured from the breastbone to the point of the rump approximates the height from the highest point of the shoulders to the ground. The eyes should be very dark, oval in shape, and have an alert and intelligent expression. The ears should fold over close to the head, set at, or slightly below, eye level. The coat should be of naturally curly texture, dense throughout, although most AKC-registered show dogs have a lion-cut or other, similarly shaven look.

Video: Dogs 101 – Poodle by Animal Planet

Poodle Facts

Country of origin Germany then standardized in France
HEIGHT Standard Over 15 inches (38 cm)
Miniature 10–15 inches (25–38 cm)
Toy under 10 in (25 cm)
COAT Single layer coat  composed of dense, curly fur that sheds minimally – considered hypoallergenic. Texture ranges from coarse and woolly to soft and wavy.
COLOR White, black, brown, parti, silver, gray, silver beige, apricot, red, cream, and sable
LIFE SPAN Standard 11.5 to 12 years
Miniature 14 to 14.5 years
Toy 14 to 14.5 years (some up to 20 years)

Poodle Temperament

Poodles are known as a highly intelligent, energetic, and sociable breed. They require both physical and intellectual activities. Of note is this breed’s keen sense for instinctive behavior. In particular, marking and hunting drives are more readily observable in Poodles than in most other breeds. A typical poodle should be reserved with strangers upon first introduction, but after a while should slowly reveal a warm and personable disposition. Snappy, vicious behavior is considered a serious fault in the breed.

Poodles are highly trainable dogs that typically excel in obedience training. A Poodle will do well at many dog sports, including dog agility,  flyball, dock diving, field tracking, and even Schutzhund, and can follow owners on hiking trips or any trip involving swimming, as long as the dog is accustomed to water and swimming.

Standard Poodles are the most highly recommended for families with children. They have a kindly demeanor and a love of playing games; as with all dogs and babies, introductions should be gradual, though most Standards will tolerate a baby and learn to be gentle and will respect toddlers so long as the child is supervised

How to Train a Poodle

As with any dog training bring your patience. kindness and great tasting treats. Positive reinforcement is always best with short enthusiastic sessions that are well planned and challenging for this energetic, intelligent breed.

  • Poodles are relatively easy to potty train , crate train (and even litter train for tiny dogs)
  • Basic Obedience – Your dog must achieve these commands: sit, down, stay, come and heel. Basic Dog training easy comes with Poodles.
  • Loose leash training is a must though it is often a difficult milestone. Never reward the Poodle if the dog misbehaves on leash.
  • Poodles energy seems to be never ending so you must find ways to conquer this issue! Exercise is only fun for the owner and the dog when the dog is an obedient and willing participant.
  • Train your Dog to Sit – Tap Here!

Poodle Training: 4 Tips

Remember these 4 things about Poodles (of all sizes) and you should attain training success!

  1. Poodles are smart! – Switch up place, reward, setting and even time of day! Don’t let your Poodle get bored.
  2. Poodles are proud! – Don’t humiliate your dog or confuse them by complicating or switching command words. They will reject training.
  3. Poodles are sensitive breed! – Don’t be harsh or unkind! You can cause irreversible harm, making training difficult or impossible.
  4. Poodles are observant! – Stay focused and they will be focused.

Video:  4 month old Toy Poodle training

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