February 14, 2022

Poodles: What You Need to Know

Poodles are a very classic breed. We have all heard and seen poodles - most likely you have seen them winning dog shows and being shown off, but how much do we really know about them. Besides their fluffy coats and their popular mix breed cousins (Labradoodle and Goldendoodle!). Poodles come from a European background and were originally hunting dogs, specifically for water and bird hunting. This breed has become extremely popular in the past decade due to this new phase of cross breeding. Because of poodles' natural hypoallergenic coats, it became extremely popular to carry this trait to other breeds and dog types. But we’re not talking about these cross breeds, we’re focusing on the Poodle! Poodles are ranked as the second most intelligent dog breed, they are quick learners, very patient and sharp. They have a fun and bubbly personality and are great dogs around kids and families. They are always ready to play and be social. It is no surprise they have been a classic staple for many decades.

Types of Poodles

There are 3 types of poodles. The Standard poodle, Miniature poodle and Toy poodle. Miniature and Toy poodles are very similar and respectively, are in the same category! A Standard poodle usually weights between 40-70 pounds. While Standard Poodles are a large dog breed, they are slim but stand tall! Toy poodles will usually weigh between 6 to 9 pounds. Within those 3 types, there are 11 different color types of poodles. The poodle colors are:

  • Black Poodle
  • Brown Poodle
  • White Poodle
  • Blue Poodle (they aren’t actually blue! This will be a grey/silver blue tone!)
  • Silver Poodle
  • Silver-Beige Poodle
  • Cafe au Lait Poodle (we like to describe this as a light coffee color)
  • Sable Poodle (light color coat on their body, with black tipped ears1)
  • Cream Poodle
  • Red Poodle
  • Apricot Poodle

There are so many fun and unique color ways to this breed. Some are more rare than others, but they are all amazing!

How to Groom a Poodle

Poodles are known for their curly, fluffy and soft hair. Their coat is absolutely beautiful, and allergy free! They do require regular grooming. The grooming isn’t for the shedding, because one of their beauties is that they do not shed, but it is for keeping their coat healthy, manageable and comfortable for them. This curly hair can get matted, heavy and hot. So you need to ensure you are taking care of it properly. 

Grooming a poodle can feel like a full time job and they are notorious for getting professionally groomed every 6 weeks to stay fresh. Poodles are also notorious for getting very stylish and fancy cuts as well! We love seeing poodles rock their hair clips, bows, fun haircuts and styles and more. Poodles can rock just about any look you want to try!

Poodle Health

Poodles are most likely going to be found through a breeder. They are extremely popular in dog shows and become show dogs, so you will need to get one through a breeder. We will cover the cost associated with this, but before that - when you start researching your poodle breeder, you will want to make sure you talk with them about the health of the parents they are breeding! Common diseases in poodles such as Addison's disease, sebaceous adenitis, gastric dilatation-volvulus and progressive retinal atrophy - can be genetic. Ask your breed about the parents health and if your poodle has any of these in their family history! Overall, they are a very healthy breed and have a life expectancy of 10-18 years!

How Much Does a Poodle Cost

As mentioned above, poodles will most likely be found directly through breeders. You never know what will be available at your local shelter and adoption center, so always go check it out before you goto a breeder! A Standard Poodle from a reputable breeder will be upwards of $4,000. This will depend on where you live, where your breeder lives and the type of poodle but it will be in the $2,000 to $4,000 range. 

How Much is a Toy Poodle 

Toy Poodles are a much smaller type of this breed, so their cost will be lower. While they are still an expensive breed, it is a little less than a Standard Poodle. Toy Poodle puppies will cost anywhere between $1,200 to $2,000. 

There is so much rich history and information about poodles that we could go on and on! We hope this helped you cover the basics to this beautiful breed. If you loved this blog, let us know and we will do a part 2 and give you even more information on this classic breed!

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