About the Poodle Breed
The Poodle is a well known dog for the way that people trim and shape the coat of the dog, and dress them up fashionably and fancily. It is a square proportioned dog with a proud way of holding its head up, and a very elegant appearance. It has a light, and springy stride which is effortless.
It has a retrieving heritage, and so likes to get out and about and run and swim. Its fancy appearance belies the hunting instincts that the Poodle still retains. It is one of the smartest dogs, often ranked alongside the Border Collie and the German Shepherd on a scale of intelligence, and it is easily taught obedience. However, this doesn't stop the Poodle being exuberant and full of life.
The Poodle has a very distinctive coat. Unlike a lot of dogs which have a double layered coat, the Poodle's coat is just one layer. It is curly, and stands out, and although it doesn't shed much, it still needs combing regularly because the hair does not tend to fall out, but instead gets trapped with other hair. Over time, if not groomed out, this can cause mats.
Like the Komondor, however, it is possible for the Poodle to develop cords in its coat, similar to human dreadlocks. However, although once popular this style of coat has become much more rare.
The standard Poodle is a medium sized dog, but there is a toy and miniature size. The miniature size is slightly smaller than the standard, and the toy is usually below 10 inches in height.