Poodle dog breed information

Originally a dog bred for hunting in Europe, the Poodle's place in modern society has drastically transformed - they’re now popular companion dogs and integral members of the family household.

Renowned for their fluffy appearance, Poodles come in three distinct sizes - standard, miniature, and toy. Poodles are one of the most intelligent breeds in the world, making them easily trainable. They often win best-in-show at dog competitions, usually for their agility and aesthetic physical appearance.

Another unusual fact about the Poodle - they’re water retrievers! Yep, these dogs love water and were bred to be fluffy to keep their joints warm while swimming. 

If you like to know more about this multifaceted breed, read our guide to find out if Poodle is the right pet for you.

Poodle breed information

If you’d like to get to know the breed a little more closely, here are a few key traits and facts about the Poodle:

How long do Poodles live?

Poodles have a lifespan of 12 - 15 years.

How big do Poodles get?

Poodles usually reach their full weight and height by two years old. Healthy male and female Poodles are between  45 – 60 cm tall and weigh between 20 to 32 kgs.

Do Poodles shed?

Poodles have a single coat and shed a low amount.

  Should I get a Poodle?

Despite the various sizes Poodles come in, all types have distinctive traits. Instead of fur coats, Poodles have ‘hair’ coats that continue to grow with minimal shedding, making them an ideal breed for people that have allergies.

Like we mentioned before, Poodles are highly intelligent and thrive when learning new things. Poodles are easily trainable and pick up new tricks and behaviours quickly. That’s why they’re often used as therapy dogs.

A Poodle’s eagerness to please makes it a great companion for a range of different owners. Whether you’re a family, couple, or living on your own, a Poodle can adapt and fit right into your environment.

Poodle personality

Poodles are known for their elegance and loving nature. Despite their sophisticated appearance, they’re a surprisingly playful breed that doesn’t mind the old rough n tumble. A Poodle's love for humans and their high intelligence make them extremely loyal to their owner(s).

As faster learners, they’re adaptable to different living situations and thrive in obedience training and dog sports. Poodles can be protective of their family, so if someone unfamiliar enters your home, they might be vocal about it.

Taking care of Poodles


Despite a low shedding coat, Poodles require a lot of maintenance with daily brushing. It’s recommended to groom your poodle every 3-6 weeks to keep their coat healthy and clean. Grooming requires - brushing, bathing and clipping, which can be done professionally, or at home with a little bit of practice!


Poodles have medium to high exercise needs, so aim to walk them 60 minutes per day. While poodles can adapt to smaller living environments, you must mitigate the lack of space with exercise and play in parks.


Like most dogs, Poodles need a diet rich in protein to maintain their health. Lean meats like chicken and lamb with a mix of vegetables provide a balanced meal that will keep your Poodle going. If you’re feeding your Poodle kibble or dry dog food, opt for high-quality that contains good nutrients.

Common Poodle health conditions

Like most dog breeds, Poodles are susceptible to certain health conditions. Here are some examples:

Hip dysplasia

Hip dysplasia is a hereditary skeletal condition seen in medium to large dog breeds. The condition creates a deformity in a dog’s hips as they grow, leading to reduced mobility and range of motion. Pocket Bullies have a higher chance of developing hip dysplasia because of their genes. Early signs of hip dysplasia in a dog can be limping, abnormal walking patterns, and loss of muscle in the hind legs.

Luxating Patella

Luxating Patella is a common hereditary condition that affects a Poodle’s kneecaps, causing them to dislocate or slip out of place. If your Poodle starts limping or avoids using a specific leg, that’s a sign they may be experiencing pain from this condition. It’s best to consult your vet if you start noticing any symptoms. Luxating Patella doesn’t cause ongoing pain for dogs and is a manageable condition if treated correctly.

The cost of insuring a Poodle

If you’re thinking about getting pet insurance for your Poodle, factors like age and location will affect the cost of your premium. Woolworths Pet Insurance offers Basic, Standard, Comprehensive and Comprehensive Plus cover that helps protect you and your furry friend. Check what each insurance cover includes.

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