You may never guess due to the regal stature of the Poodle, but this breed was originally a water retriever. They would jump into the water to fetch waterfowl for their hunting masters. And, they are one of the most intelligent breeds out there. Today, all three variations do well in homes with mental stimulation and ample playtime.

The American Kennel Club describes the Poodle in the following way.

“Whether Standard, Miniature, or Toy, and either black, white, or apricot, the Poodle stands proudly among dogdom’s true aristocrats. Beneath the curly, low-allergen coat is an elegant athlete and companion for all reasons and seasons.”

Poodle Appearance

Poodles are usually regarded and dignified and royal in appearance. However, they are actually athletes under all that fur. Their smoothly muscled bodies are often cut short to reveal the muscle tone. While in cooler areas, the coat will remain longer around the vital organs.

The appearance may be the same, but the size varies depending on whether you have a Toy, Miniature, or a Standard poodle.

Average Height: 10-22 inches

Weight: 6 to 70 lbs.

Life Span: 12-15 years

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Poodle Care

Poodles are highly trainable and athletic. They are perfect for agility, obedience, and tracking sport. Poodles are also very people-oriented, loving to please their owners.


Poodles are prone to becoming overweight. So, they should be fed high-quality dog food that is appropriate for their age and activity level. And remember that treats are great for training, but there can be a point where too many treats are unsuitable for any dog breed. And clean, fresh water should always be available.


Poodles have the type of fur that will mat easily if not brushed daily. That is the reason most owners keep them clipped short. Luckily, this breed does not shed, making them ideal for people with allergies.

Also, poodles have weepy eyes that can stain the hair around the eyes. Owners can daily wipe the fur around the eyes with a warm washcloth to avoid staining.

Poodles can be groomed and clipped at home or taken to see a groomer every six weeks or so. There, they will need a bath, clipping, and nail care.



These are high-energy and intelligent dogs, no matter the size. They love keeping busy, swimming, training, hunting, and running. Keeping them well exercised is essential for their mental stimulation as well as their physique.


Most poodles are healthy and live long lives. However, there are a few health issues owners should be aware of. The National Breed Club recommends the following testing:

  • Hip Evaluation (Miniature and Standard)
  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation (Miniature, Standard, and Toy)
  • PRA Optigen DNA Test (Miniature and Toy)
  • Patella Evaluation (Miniature and Toy)

Furthermore, the best care you can give your Poodle is to have an excellent veterinarian to rely on. That is what Animal Care Centers is all about, providing the best care for pets and their owners.

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Animal Care Center Loves All Dog Breeds

From the moment you enter the Animal Care Center, you’ll be among the friendly staff, owners, and pets who prefer Dr. Williams. The total preventative care of your pet is our pleasure. So, you need not worry one bit. What’s more, the team will welcome your pet with open arms putting your loved ones at ease.

We are confident that the best care for your furry family member is at the Animal Care Center. Our team provides complete care for your pet’s health needs, including dental care, internal medicine, and emergency care.

Caring for the total pet is our specialty. From eyes and ears to testing and surgery, the people of Smyrna, Georgia, and the Greater Atlanta Area can count on the fantastic staff at Animal Care Center and our own Dr. Williams.