The Poodle has a variety of advantages over other breeds, from its intelligence to its physical prowess and charming character. They are highly trainable, faithful and active, so make great additions to the family. Due to their variety of sizes, you can be sure find the perfect Poodle to suit your home and lifestyle.

Poodles are also able to live long and healthy lives if they are well looked after. In fact, most Poodles live to their mid-teens, and some have reportedly reached the grand old age of 20. 

 

Pet profile

Great for those looking for a highly trainable, hypoallergenic breed.

  • Poodles come in a variety of different sizes; standard, miniature and toy.
  • 12 to 15 years life expectancy

Exercise and nutrition

The Poodle requires a good amount of exercise daily, and a least an hour a day is recommended to keep a Poodle happy and healthy. Most Poodles love to swim and play fetch.

Feed your Poodle twice daily with good quality pet food to keep them healthy. The amount you feed your dog is dependent on their size and age, so if you are unsure or want further guidance around nutrition, get in touch with your veterinarian.

 

Common health problems and illnesses 

Poodles do have their share of health issues, which is why it’s a good idea to take out insurance for your Poodle while they’re still a puppy.

Poodles often suffer with Addison’s Disease, a condition involving chemical imbalances in the body. The symptoms include, lethargy, loss of appetite, vomiting diarrhea, shaking, increased thirst and more frequent urination. The symptoms of Addison’s Disease are often mistaken for other, less harmful conditions that don’t require treatment, however Addison’s Disease can be fatal if left untreated, so it’s important to pay a visit to your veterinarian if you have any concerns.

The second most common condition affecting Poodles is bloat. This condition does have some visible symptoms, including pacing and gagging, and your dog is likely to act as if they are feeling uncomfortable or sick. Like Addison’s disease, excess gas in Poodles can be deadly, and dogs suffering from this condition must be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible or they may suffer from complications.

Epilepsy is also a common problem within Poodles of all sizes. If your dog develops the following symptoms it could be a sign that they are having a seizure: drooling, pacing back and forth, confusion, unresponsiveness and loss of consciousness. If you think your dog is suffering from a seizure, consult your veterinarian as soon as possible so you can obtain a proper diagnosis and find out how best to manage the condition. 

Fun facts 

  1. Without regular grooming, a Poodle’s fur can become matted and dreadlocked. However, on the plus side, as their coats are hypoallergenic, their fur is normally odorless! 
  2. Elvis ADORED Poodles. He had quite a collection at Graceland and gifted them out to loved ones. One called ‘Little Bit’ went to a previous girlfriend and a Poodle named ‘Honey’ was given to his wife Priscilla.
  3. Poodles are highly intelligent, and as they are easy to train, the breed has been a favorite in circuses in the past.
  4. A Poodle’s fur can come in a variety of colors such as black, white, grey, silver, brown and cream. 
  5. Poodle hair can be curly, dense and wiry. This is beneficial for creating a variety of hairstyles, and often means the breed is recognizable from a mile away. 

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