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Poodle

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Dog Breed Group
Toy Dogs 
Origin of Breed
France as a companion 
Life Expectancy
13 to 20 
Color
Only solid colors are allowed -- black, white, gray, blue, silver, cream, red, apricot, chocolate, and cafe-au-lait (pale brown) 
Coat
Curly coat that needs frequent shaping. Tail is docked; ears hang down. 
Exercise Needs
Exercise indoors or a fenced yard, but he will also enjoy a walk on a leash. 
Temperament
Depends on size. Fun loving and highly intelligent, quick to learn, does exceptionally well in obedience work. Good-natured, sen 
Good with Children
Good with other pets and children, but is very fragile 
Grooming Needs
Minimal Shedder. Daily brushing and professional clipping every 6 to 8 weeks to prevent matting. 
Average Size - Male (in)
Maximum 10 
Average Size - Female (in)
Maximum 10 
Average Weight - Male (lbs)
7 plus 
Average Weight - Female (lbs)
7 plus 
Health Issues
Avoid the "teacup" variation of the Toy Poodle, which is often lacking in personality and good health. Also, there are many diffv
Living Conditions
Does well in any living situation. Apartment living is adequate if enough exercise is given. 

Breed Description

Identical to the Standard and Miniature Poodle except in height, he is a decedent of the Miniature Poodle. The Toy Poodle is a dainty, sensitive little dog who is a perfect pet for a less active person who has time to pamper this natural little clown and be amused by his quaint antics. He a bright, perky little dog who is easy to train and eager to please. The Toy Poodle is the smallest version of the Poodle. Originally used in Germany and France as a retriever of waterfowl, he was later favored by circus performers for his comic appearance and the ease to train him. The word Poodle is derived from the German word puddle. He is still one of the most popular breeds today.

Breed Infobits

There are 3 types of poodle; the Standard Poodle, Miniature Poodle, and Toy Poodle that differ mainly by size.

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