group of dog breeds originating from continental Western Europe

A poodle is a breed of dog. Poodles are one of the smartest dogs. Miniature and toy poodles are two sizes. The original poodle is the Standard poodle. Miniature and toy poodles are not related to Standard poodles. They don't share DNA. If the owner does praise it, it will start liking the owner even more, and doing things for the owner.[1] Many people that own them show them at dog shows. Poodles were once used as hunting and sporting dogs, but now they are mostly pets. Poodles only have one coat, other dogs are known to have double coats. Poodles do not shed their fur as some dogs do, so they are good pets for people who are allergic to dogs.[2][3] The hair of a poodle grows much quicker than that of a full-grown dog. One exciting aspect of the poodle hair is that it is capable of changing color. From research conducted, it is safe to say that the hair growth of a poodle is flanked by half an inch to one inch in 30 days. Just like every other dog hair, poodles also have issues with their hair. The biggest problem associated with poodle hair is that it has a habit of becoming thin and falling off its body. However, this happens mostly in female poodles whenever they are experiencing hormonal flow or heat.[4]

A black Miniature poodle in a dog show clip.

Types of Poodle HairEdit

  • Puppy Clip - This is more of a natural type of hair common in an adolescent poodle. It begins to grow right from their birth prior to maturity when they hit one year.
  • Puppy Coat - A poodle will continue to grow puppy coat until it reaches one year. When this type of hair is growing, it will always be soft straight, and thin but will start growing curly when they grow much older.
  • Improper Coat - They are not curly in nature and will, in most cases, show soft waves in spots. Improper coats can be brushed easily but have problems in show.
  • Corded Coat - This is not commonly seen in poodles. A corded coat is an instance where a poodle’s hair grows to the extent of a long and rough dreadlock.
  • Continental Clip - This type of poodle has its rear and back legs shaved. They are a very tough dog to maintain.
  • English Saddle Clip - This is similar to a continental clip, only that this one has its rear and back legs cut into a series of pom-poms. They do not cut the hairs at the back of their tails. English Saddle are also very difficult to maintain.

Problems Associated With Poodle HairEdit

  • Alopecia X - Alopecia X is known as a balding disorder that happens as a result of growth hormone problems while a poodle grows to become an adult. A poodle’s change to adulthood is capable of leading to a loss of hair on its body. Poor breeding habits simply cause this condition and it is regarded as a cosmetic problem.
  • Castration responsive dermatosis - This issue is associated with uncommon loss of hair that happens in young male poodles. Also, this condition is linked with castration responsive because it has some connection to the poodle’s hormone. The recommended way of treating this condition in poodles is by Neutering. In fact, this condition is also likely to happen in female poodles.
  • Allergies - A few poodles have some allergies that prevent them from coming in contact with shampoos because it tends to cause difficulty in their eyes and skin. An allergy in a poodle will lead to non-stop itching that will see a poodle scratching out its hair, and this could also result in sores. To prevent this, make sure your poodle is away from any of its allergies.


Poodles are also popular because they come in many different colors and sizes.[5][1] Their coats are most often white or black; but can be apricot, dark gray, called "blue"; and other colors.[5] There are also some rare colors, such as chocolate brown, and brindle. In Japan, apricot color is the most liked.


Poodles are bred in many different sizes. The four main sizes from largest to smallest are Standard, Miniature, Medium and Toy. There are also other sizes, like the very small Teacup, that are not official.[6] This means that these other sizes cannot be part of professional dog shows.

  • Standard - This is the original size. This height is from 35 to 45 cm, weight is from 15 to 19 kg.
  • Miniature - This size was downsized from standard size for circus dogs. This height is from 28 to 35 cm,weight is from 8 to 15 kg.
  • Medium - This size is not accepted in some countries. This height is from 35 to 45 cm, weight is from 8 to 15 kg.
  • Toy - This size was downsized from miniature size for breeding as pets. This height is from 26 to 28 cm, weight is also 3 kg.

Military working dogsEdit

Poodles have been used as working dogs in the military for several centuries. During World War II, it was thought that this breed of dog could become helpers during the war. So, poodles went through training by the United States Army for special tasks. In 1942, the poodle was one of 32 breeds officially ranked as war dogs by the Army.


It is the poodles main style to left hair of the chest and ankles in order to protect heart and joints from cold waters and cut others in order to reduce the resistance of the water. Now, poodles hair styles have more variations. In Japan, the "teddy bear cut" is most popular. This style lets the whole body have roundness like a teddy bear.


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