The are three sizes of Poodle - Toy, Miniature and Standard – all in a wide range of beautiful solid colours. The Poodle’s coat does not shed, but regular grooming is essential. For the fashion-conscious, there are many different styles in which he can be clipped. A dandy at heart, he will always show his appreciation when his toilette has been completed.
The Poodle is a clown by nature, who gives amusement and devotion to his owners. Because he is capable of learning quickly, and enjoys showing off, the French circus utilised his abilities, and he became a popular entertainer. Today, these characteristics stand him in good stead in the show ring.
All three varieties of Poodle have their country of origin listed as France but Germany is believed to have been their actual home, the breed entering France with German soldiers. It came from the marshes of Germany, where it was well established as a water retriever. The French certainly know the Poodle as a duck dog and used the smaller Poodles to sniff out truffles. He is extremely versatile and excels in obedience – indeed, there seems to be no end to his talents. Interest in the breed was heightened by the courts of Europe, where Poodles became very popular as pet dogs, especially the two smaller varieties. Early show Poodles were exhibited with a corded coat.
Light-hearted, elegant, friendly and high-spirited, with a happy nature and sporting and home-loving instincts, the Poodle makes the ideal companion.
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
Up to 1 hour per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
Town or Country
Type of home
Small or Large House
Minimum Garden Size
Over 12 Years
* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on
the Kennel Club website
The Utility Breed Group
This group consists of miscellaneous breeds of dog mainly of a non-sporting origin, including the Bulldog, Dalmatian, Akita and Poodle.
The name ‘Utility’ essentially means fitness for a purpose and this group consists of an extremely mixed and varied bunch, most breeds having been selectively bred to perform a specific function not included in the sporting and working categories. Some of the breeds listed in the group are the oldest documented breeds of dog in the world.