Oh, to have oodles of poodles! Curly, fluffy, fancy prancing poodles! Black, white, apricot, harlequin, gray, and more, you can have a poodle of nearly any color and in all sizes from giant to teensy.
These brilliant beauties originated in Germany (where they are called “Pudel”, meaning “to splash about in the water”. How cute is that!) but were standardized in France and became so popular there that poodles were named the national breed.
From largest to smallest, poodles are bred in the following sizes:
- Standard: which weighs in at up to 70lbs for males and stand up to 27″ tall at the shoulders
- Miniature: coming in at 17lbs on the high end and measuring up to 15″
- Toy: tiny guys who weigh between 6 and 9lbs and are up to 10″ tall.
- Teacup: not an officially recognized variation, but they are certainly out there! These fellas are a scant 9″ tall at most and weigh under 6lbs.
Standard poodles are “gun dogs”, meant to retrieve downed birds from the water using their webbed feet to swim quickly to the prey and return it to their handler. Smart, tenacious and highly trainable, Standards were also in war as early as WWII.
Miniature poodles were occasionally used to forage for truffles, but as with the toy size, were mostly meant to be charming companions for fancy ladies.
This breed must take the award for largest variety of possible haircuts. The Continental Clip leaves the dog with pom poms (also called rosettes) on her hips and ankles and sporting a big bouffant on the head with a giant puff on the end of her tail. Bikini Clips are less dramatic, with the dog having short (but not shaved) fur with small poms left at the ankles. There is a Town and Country Clip, which gives the poodle fluffy legs, tail and head but with a closely trimmed body, a Puppy Clip, English Saddle Clip, Sporting Cuts, and on and on and on! Some people even opt to”cord” the coat, similar to a Puli. With a dog this gorgeous, you can style him any way you like and he will steal the show.
Clever, active, and distinctive, poodles of any size win my heart!