No matter its size, the poodle is arguably the smartest canine in the animal kingdom. It’s also one of the more uniquely coated breeds, and those coats become the obsession of human companions.
That’s OK, as poodles love the attention and affection that goes into serious grooming. These dogs are wonderful pets, but they require an intense commitment — one which they will gladly reciprocate.
Temperament: Active, proud, very smart
Height: Under 10 inches (toy), 10-15 inches (miniature), over 15 inches (standard)
Weight: 10-15 pounds (miniature), 60-70 pounds (male standard), 40-50 pounds (female standard)
Life expectancy: 10-18 years