The dogs of the Poodle breed can have different sizes and the kennel associations recognize three basic types of poodles.

Standard Poodles

Most people believe the poodle is a tiny dog, but the puppies of the standard type of poodle can grow up to be quite large adults. According to the standards of the American Kennel Club (AKC), the poodle dogs of the standard type should measure at least fifteen inches in the height of their shoulder, but many of them stand twenty inches or taller.

The dogs of the standard type are loved by many. The poodle dogs of all types are intelligent, friendly, proud, and fiercely loyal pets. Standard poodles, however, carry a heavy genetic burden. The standard variety of the poodle dogs differ to the smaller Poodle types not only through their larger size but also through their shorter average life span,. Around 40% of standard poodles die as the result of some type of cancer, although there is no clear trend as to any one type of cancer that affects this breed.

There is also a high probability for the puppies of the standard type of poodles to be born with Addison’s disease, a hormonal disorder which, if untreated, can lead to cardiac arrest and death. The dogs of the standard type of poodle are also susceptible to hip dysplasia, as other large size dogs are.

Poodle Dogs Of The Miniature Type

According to AKC standards, miniature poodles stand taller than ten inches at the shoulder, but no taller than fifteen inches

The miniature poodles don’t need large yards to play in, so they are suitable for apartment dwellers. They are known for barking when nervous, and therefore makes a fine watchdog.

As all the types of poodles, the miniature type dogs get along well with other dogs and with humans of all ages. They live more than the standard poodles, their average life span being around fifteen years. Like the standard poodle, the miniature type dogs are prone to genetic health problems, like epilepsy or seizure disorder, eye diseases leading to blindness and knee problems.

Toy Poodles

The smallest of the breed are the toy poodles standing ten inches tall or less at the shoulder. There are even smaller varieties, such as the so called tea cup poodle. The longest lived of the types, toy poodles can live for up to eighteen years.

The Coats Of The Dogs

The dogs of the poodle breed can present two types of coats. The most common show poodles have curly coats.

Their coats can also be corded, which produces a look not unlike dreadlocks on humans. Poodles having corded coats are not known in the United States.

The Colors Of The Coats

These dogs are usually black or white, but you can also see brown, apricot, silver, beige, cream, blue, and even red poodles. For show dogs, only uniform colors are admitted.

Poodles are a large variety of intelligent and friendly dogs, having different sizes and colors. With so many choices, it should be easy for you to find the right pet.