Everything you need to know about Poodles

Life Expectancytypically 12+ years
SheddingShort length with low shedding

Poodle size varies across Toy, Miniature and Standard breeds. Poodle colours include black, brown, cream, red and white. There’s lots of doggy behaviour that comes naturally to all breeds of dog, including Poodles, from digging and chasing to searching and retrieving. 

Thinking about giving a Poodle a forever home? Here are some Poodle facts that might help you decide.

Caring for Poodles

Every dog is different with their own personality and needs. Here are some areas to think about when taking care of a Poodle.

How much exercise does a Poodle need?

Poodles are typically high-energy dogs who need lots of exercise to keep them physically and mentally healthy. They'll need daily walks, plus plenty of time and opportunity to explore, burn energy, and play. Like all ...

How much food does a Poodle need?

The amount of food a Poodle needs depends on their: 

  • age
  • size
  • activity levels
  • fitness
  • weight.

You can use the information on dog food packets as a guide, tak...

An infographic showing the key indicators of healthy body condition for a dog

How much grooming does a Poodle need?

Poodles need regular grooming, often every day. They may also need professional grooming a few times a year.

To help your dog feel comfortable with handling and grooming, introduce it in a positive way, one step...

What size crate do you need for a Poodle?

When inside their crate, your dog should have plenty of space to: 

  • sit and stand up at their full height 
  • turn around without touching the sides 
  • lie down fully stretched out&...

Health issues

Before you give any Poodle dog a home, it’s important to know about possible health issues. Remember, not every dog will suffer them but it’s good to be prepared.

To find out more about potential health issues f...

Poodle crossbreeds

Popular Poodle crossbreeds include Labradoodle, Goldendoodle, Cavapoo and Cockapoo.

A Cockapoo is a cross between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle. An adult Cockapoo size is small to medium and Cockapoo lifespan is...

Poodle behaviour and training

Even if you think you know about Poodles, it’s important to remember that every dog has their own personality.

Are Poodles easy to train?

You can teach any breed of dog new tricks! It’s all about positive learning. So find out what your dog loves so you can use this to reward them after a success. Whether it’s treats, toys or lots of praise, training wi...

What’s the temperament of a Poodle?

Just like you, every dog is an individual with their own personality and prior experiences. So every Poodle temperament is different. As dogs grow from puppies, they learn all about the world. They develop their own l...

Are Poodles good with children?

Every dog has their own unique personality that has been shaped by their own experiences of the world. They have their own likes and dislikes and will respond to situations in different ways. However, there are some u...

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