There are three sizes of Poodles: Standard, Miniature, and Toy. They are alike in every way except for size. All Poodles originated from the Standard Poodle. Poodles are smart, loyal, proud and fun. They seem to understand the moods of their special friends. They enjoy the challenges of obedience training, which gives these intelligent dogs great happiness. Politely reserved around strangers, they can also have a playful sense of humor. The Poodle's coat lends itself to a variety of hairstyles, most of which derive from from their duties as a retriever when they were shorn to protect their joints in cold water. The Poodle is very active, intelligent, and elegant. He is squarely built, well proportioned, moving soundly and carrying himself proudly. Properly clipped in the traditional fashion and carefully groomed, the Poodle has about him an air of distinction and dignity.
Poodles have been featured in royal artwork since the 1500’s and although many think of it as a French breed, it is unlikely. Experts believe the Poodle may have originated in Central Europe or Russia, although it is also possible that the breed originated in Spain or Portugal. Another theory claims the Poodle was brought to France by German soldiers during the 1400’s. It is not disputed however, that the modern traits of the breed were developed in France. Poodles are believed to be related to the Portuguese Water Dog and the Irish Water Spaniel. Though many regard Poodles as ornamental lap dogs, they are actually gun dogs with an excellent reputation for bird hunting and water retrieval. The name Poodle has its roots in an old German word meaning “to splash about,” which is a reference to their fondness for water. The Toy variety was developed in England in the 1700’s, much later than the larger Standard Poodle. This breed was very popular with the French and was referred to as the trick dog, often performing and used in circuses. The Toy Poodle should be under 10 inches at the withers according to the American Kennel Club.
Up to 10 in.