Types of Poodles: Curly Canines From Standard to Toy



Meg Marrs


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Types of poodles

Poodles are one of the most popular dogs in the US (The American Kennel Club lists them as the 7th most popular breed), and it is easy to see why: They are intelligent, affectionate, and enthusiastic pups, clad in an iconic curly coat. They typically become beloved family members in short order and they can live very long lives.

But not all poodles are created equally, and poodles come in a few different forms. The AKC recognizes three different types, but other registration agencies and poodle enthusiasts recognize two additional variations.

We’ll discuss each of these types, including a bit about their size and other interesting characteristics below.

The Five Basic Types of Poodle

The three AKC-recognized poodle types are listed first, while the last two are only recognized by poodle aficionados and a few other breed registries.

Note that the AKC regards all the three recognized variations (standard poodle, minature poodle, and toy poodle) as size variants of the same breed. By contrast, the UKC considers standard poodles a different breed than miniature and toy poodles.

1. Standard Poodle

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The standard poodle is the largest form of the breed, and they stand at least 15 inches at the shoulder (most are between 20 and 23 inches tall) and weigh between about 45 and 80 pounds.

Although they are not that visually intimidating, standard poodles actually make pretty good guard dogs, as they are alert, brave, and protective of their owners. 

2. Miniature Poodle

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A mid-sized poodle by American standards, the miniature poodle is usually 11 to 15 inches tall and weighs 14 to 18 pounds. Although they are smaller than their standard counterparts, mini poodles have just as much personality, and they make excellent family dogs.

3. Toy Poodle

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The tiny toy poodle is the smallest of the three AKC-recognized size variants, and weighs less than 10 pounds (usually between 6 and 9 pounds). The toy poodle stands about 8 to 10 inches high at the shoulder, making him perfectly pint-sized. These loveable companion dogs are sure to keep your lap warm!

4. Klein (Moyen) Poodle

There are a ton of Klein poodles in the US, but they are not recognized by the AKC as a valid size variant. The UKC treats Moyen poodles much like standard poodles, with whom they compete in dog shows. Klein poodles are akin to small standard poodles, or medium poodles, and most stand between 15 and 20 inches in height and weigh about 40 to 50 pounds.

5. Teacup Poodle

Teacup poodles are not recognized by most of the major breed registries; instead, they are an unofficial name breeders and poodle enthusiasts give to very small toy poodles.

There aren’t any clearly defined size guidelines for teacup poodles, but most dogs that enjoy the label are in the 5- to 7-pound.

We don’t generally recommend purchasing teacup dogs, as they’re often bred to be un-naturally petite, and suffer from a multitude of health issues as a result. Make sure to do your research before considering a teacup dog!

Poodle Colors

Poodle colors

Poodles come in a diverse array of colors and combinations thereof. While multi-colored pups can be very attractive, they are not permitted by the AKC, who demands that poodles be of one color (the UKC does allow for multi-colored poodles). This isn’t too important, unless you plan on showing your Poodle.

Additionally, there are several regulations concerning the color of the eyes, nose and feet, which vary based on the coat color. Poodles usually have brown or black noses. They can have liver-coloured noses, though this is more rare. 

Some of the most common poodle colors include:

  • Blue
  • Black
  • Grey
  • Silver
  • Brown
  • White
  • Apricot
  • Cream
  • Cafe-au-lait

Poodle Care Basics

No matter which type of pet poodle you are considering, it is important to familiarize yourself with the type of care they will need. This includes understanding their personality, exercise needs and some of the common health concerns of the breed.


While the various poodles exhibit some differences in personality, they are all relatively similar. The first thing that jumps out to you about poodles is their considerable intelligence (they are typically listed among the ten most intelligent breeds). Poodles figure things out very quickly and are quite easy to train. 

In fact, proper training is crucial for poodles, as they can run amok in your home if not provided with consistent, firm leadership and plenty to do. While they are usually gentle dogs, who won’t present the types of problems an untrained mastiff or Rottweiler may, you’ll be much happier with a poodle whose brain is occupied and who isn’t bored. These intelligent pups are fairly easy to train, but obedience training or training classes won’t hurt.

Poodles are quite affectionate with their families (they’re also great for people with anxiety), and they are usually friendly with most strangers and unfamiliar dogs. Harsh treatment methods are not advisable with these sensitive dogs, and positive-reinforcement-based strategies work much better during training. This loyal breed bonds closely with his favorite humans and does not like to be alone for long periods of time. 

A poodle is an excellent family pet so long as he is provided with the attention he deserves. Experienced and first-time dog owners could do well with the agreeable and playful poodle, so long as they meet vital exercise, grooming, and socialization needs. 

Poodle Exercise Needs

Poodles are more athletic than many people would suppose, and exercise is an important component of their care. Whether you have a standard poodle or a miniature poodle, you just have to understand that they aren’t huskies, who must be given the opportunity to run to the horizon and back on a daily basis. But poodles do need the chance to run, jump, and play regularly. When it comes to daily exercise, you’ll want to mix long walks with playtime and other activities. 

A few long walks each day may suffice for some, but it is always better to – in addition to a solid walk – give your poodle a chance to chase a frisbee or a tennis ball for 20 minutes or so a day. Poodles also crave mental stimulation as an incredibly intelligent breed, so you’ll want to have some puzzle toys around the house. 

If at all possible, pet owners should give their poodles a chance to swim regularly, as this provides them with a low-impact form of exercise, and – most importantly – poodles usually love swimming. Poodles have fairly high energy levels, so you can expect these pups to be pretty active. 

Poodle Grooming Needs

Poodles are famous for their fabulous coats, which are often cut in a number of different ways (see chart below). Some owners prefer their poodles to sport extravagant clips, such as the English Saddler or Continental cut, while others like simpler designs, such as the Teddy Bear or Kennel coat.

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Photo from TeacupDogDaily.com

Even if you do not wish to keep your poodle groomed like a show dog and clipped in one of the fancy ways these dogs are often maintained, you will need to care for your poodle coat very regularly – perhaps daily with a regular grooming schedule.

Their hair must be brushed very often so that you can remove tangles and prevent mats from forming. Expect frequent grooming when welcoming a poodle or common poodle mixes. Many poodle parents commit to a daily brushing schedule to keep their furry friends feeling their finest. 

One thing is for sure: You will want to foster a good relationship with a skilled groomer upon becoming a poodle parent. You can groom them on your own, but most owners will find it preferable to have their pooch groomed professionally

Poodle Health Concerns

Purebred poodles are one of the longest-living breeds (particularly when considering the standard poodle, which lives for far longer than many other breeds of similar size). However, the poodle lifespan lasting 12 to 15 years, they are susceptible to a number of common health ailments.

Some of the most common include:

  • Epilepsy
  • Cushing’s Disease
  • Addison’s Disease
  • Gastric Dilation-Volvulus (Bloat)
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Several different eye disorders
  • Sebaceous Adenitis
  • Patellar luxation (especially in toy poodles)

As with any dog, it’s key that your poodle enjoys a good food and stays up to date on his veterinary care visits. Keeping your poodle in shape with regular exercise and a balanced diet will also help him feel his best. 


No matter which type of poodle you find the most appealing, it is easy to see that they are all great dogs, with their own unique beauty. As long as you can meet your poodle’s unique needs, they are bound to make an amazing pet companion. There are also plenty of adorable poodle mixes worth considering!

We’d love to hear about your experiences with poodles of all sizes! Are you considering adding a big ‘ol standard poodle to your family, or do you already have a miniature poodle at home?

Share your stories in the comments below!

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Meg Marrs

Meg Marrs is the Founder and Director of Marketing at K9 of Mine. She is a lifelong canine enthusiast and adores dogs of all shapes and sizes! She loves iced coffee, hammocks, and puppy-cuddling!

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  1. Al Batchelar Avatar
    Al Batchelar

    Under common colours you do not list black even though the colour of your standard is – black. As the owner of a black moyen (the breeder says he has a black ink gene as he has remained jet black) I find many more black poodles around my area than most of the colours you list. You also don’t mention Royal Poodles – very large standards as they are starting to become a thing.

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      Hey there, Al.
      “Black” just must have gotten snipped off at some point during the editing/uploading process. I’ve put it back in — thanks for pointing it out.

      As for royal poodles, we’re going to hold off on those for the time being.

      Thanks for checking out the site!

  2. Pat Kirkham Avatar
    Pat Kirkham

    I have a miniature poodle 24 weeks old, he is a bundle of fun. But! He is already 16” tall, and weighs nearly 18lbs, not neutered yet, I wonder how big he is going to grow? I bought him from a registered breeder.

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      Hey there, Pat.
      Unfortunately, there’s really no way for us to tell you that. You can look at the dog’s parents to get a ballpark, or you could ask your vet for his or her best guess.
      But ultimately, you’ll just have to wait and see.

    2. Elizabeth Sawning Avatar
      Elizabeth Sawning

      AKC does accept and registers parti and other color variants than solid. These dogs are allowed in all trials for obedience, agility, field trials, and sporting events, BUT AKC DOES NOT Allow them in the show ring for conformation. Some parti colors might be allowed soon. The parti has been allowed for many years in UKC and CKC conformation ring…

  3. Rhonda H…. Avatar
    Rhonda H….

    I have a poodle that weighs 5 lbs and is three years old she was a gift from my husband and she is the best dog I ever had. She is kennel trained and she is the queen of the castle I named her Cocoa Chanel and she goes everywhere that I can take her. Very smart and thinks our living room is a race track at times. She will make you laugh and then cuddle with you when you cry. I also got her spayed because she so tiny having puppies would hurt her and to decrease the chances of cancer. One thing I notice is no matter the size keep an eye on their teeth and brush them regularly. She is my baby.

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      Hey there, Rhonda.
      Cocoa Chanel sounds lovely! And you’re right — dental care is important for all doggos.
      Thanks for sharing.

  4. DettyG Avatar

    I’m DettyG, I love this dogs I always wanted to have a poodle but I didn’t had the time they need for maintenance.
    Now, I would love to get a miniature or a toy poodle, but” I don’t know if there’s a difference in personality or intelligence, or they are all the same don’t matter the size?
    I would appreciate any information and help any one could give me, Thank You!
    I am finally ready to adopt my beautiful dream puppy poodle.

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      Hey there, DettyG.
      There can be differences, but by and large, most poodles will be smart, sweet, and affectionate with their people.
      Best of luck with your search for a pooch!

  5. Mr G Avatar
    Mr G

    Great article

  6. Barb Warrick Avatar
    Barb Warrick

    I am looking for a toy or teacup poodle for my mom she lost hers last week to cancer. And she would love another one. Her other poodle misses her sister and needs a friend. My # 407-283-1472

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      Aw, sorry about your mom’s dog, Barb.
      We’d recommend Googling for some breeders in your area.
      Best of luck!

  7. Marieve Avatar

    I have a beautiful chocolate brown poodle from miniature parents. They were both 14-16 pounds and he is 26 pounds, taller then most small poodles but much smaller then standard. He was the giant of the litter. Is he a klein? Or a miniature?

    1. Tamara Keffer Avatar
      Tamara Keffer

      I live in illinois and am looking for a brown or red toy poodle have 2 bichon have 5 lots all fenced in

      Where are you located I really want a brown toy poodle with long tail my mom used to raise pooled and I had. A black one

  8. Susie Conti Avatar
    Susie Conti

    I have three beautiful female toy poodles…Luna is a pedigree cream colour and is 10inches at shoulder…Misu’ is a pedigree chocolate and white phantom type at 9inches at shoulder….Mali is a pedigree black and cream phantom type at 10inches at shoulder….All three are affectionate, smart, active and the Greatest Joy of my Life!!! Prior to having these three girls I had Chelsea a jet black girl.. 10inches at shoulder and Georgia a red girl at 9inches at shoulder….they were a marvellous pair and I’ll miss them always and dearly…they both died at Eighteen years old with all their teeth and beauty!! Poodles have become my life!! They are Everything that is good and fun about owning a canine!!! If you want to loved and licked to distraction and laugh daily and run about like a 20yr old (I’m now 75!) get a poodle!!!!
    You will Never Regret it

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      They all sound fantastic, Susie! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Bella Avatar

    I have a moyen poodle. She is such a sweet heart. She has lots of energy. She is 2 years old. Loves to play keep away. Loves rides. Never had a poodle before. She is so different then our others were. So funny. If you have any games we can play let me know

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      She sounds like a great doggo, Bella!
      Check out these training games that are fun and help teach your dog important skills!

  10. Priscilla Martin Avatar
    Priscilla Martin

    Hi I have a standard Poodle we call him Cooper. Cooper is a real catacture, he loves nothing better than go play fetch all day if we let him. He is also really mistchevious apt to go through bins taking whatever he fantasies.
    He is smart too if his ball goes under the furniture he will try his best to get it mostly he succeeds.
    For all his intelligence it took over 18 months to house train him was very stubborn where that was concerned we got there eventually that’s the main thing Being a poodle I thought he would be a fussy eater Cooper however will eat just about anything that was a surprise to me. He really loves a long walk /run He has a wonderful cheeky personality loves to sleep with me and I feel very protected with him Cooper is my best friend and I hope to have many more years with him.

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      Cooper sounds absolutely wonderful, Priscilla!
      Thanks for sharing.

  11. MissC Avatar

    I found this page to be very informative. It has taught me a lot about poodles my baby girl is a standard with grayish black hair she’s so smart and loyal. I love both my twahuahua and my Poodle. They get along so good. Poodles are such kid friendly loving caring intelligent pets. They do require care because they don’t shed therefore it has to be cut at least 4-5 times a year or at least mine does but it’s all up to the owner how long or short they want their hair on their baby.

  12. Evelyn Avatar

    We got my daughter’s a Toy Poodle and any information I can get on them is greatly appreciated. Thank you and I would love to join this informative group.

  13. Li Avatar

    I am looking to adopt a rescue. She was breeder surrendered and is absolutely darling. They are calling her a toy however she is only 5 lbs. The warning on the teacup has me worried. What should I ask? She is 6 years old and shy but warms up with time.

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      Hey, Li.
      That’s tricky, as the rescue may not know a lot about her parents.
      If possible, ask if they’ll provide contact info for the breeder. From that point, you could inquire about her parents and verify that they were not “teacups.”
      Best of luck!

  14. KATHY BEALE Avatar

    I had 3 Toy Poodles who were triplets from the same litter. One male and two females. My babies were “party” poodles. Probably not recognized by the AKC since I didn’t see the coloring listed. Two were silver with white markings and one black with tan marking. I adored them! Each had a different personality and funny things he/she did. They lived to be 15. The l6th year I lost all 3 to CHF (congestive heart failure). January, then October, and the last one in November of 2017. I still miss them so very much. If anyone is considering a Poodle, you can’t go wrong. Just love them and appreciate everyday God has blessed you.

  15. Margaret C Talcott Avatar
    Margaret C Talcott

    My mom has a Royal Standard who is the life of the party and has *everything* figured out at home and beyond. He’s a smarty for sure and very loving. I myself have a Labradoodle who’s a goof, an absolute love, a total princess, and just as smart as a purebred poodle! She’s my first foray into poodledom as I’ve usually owned chihuahuas and pugs. My mom, on the other hand, is a poodle enthusiast, having had many a teacup and miniature before getting her first royal standard six years ago. He unfortunately suffers from epilepsy but does well on his medication.

    Such wonderful dogs!

  16. Carolyn Bauerle Avatar
    Carolyn Bauerle

    I’m searing for a red toy poodles, both parents being toys. I live in Maryland. Can you help.

  17. Debbie Ray Avatar

    Thank you for the information on Poodles, mine passed away 2 weeks ago and I am getting a new one in a few weeks and this information is going to really help to me training and giving my new puppy a great life!

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      Glad we could help, Debbie! Best of luck!

  18. DIANE Avatar

    Looking for tiny toy parti poodle!

  19. Sue mahla Avatar
    Sue mahla

    This article is so wrong! There are 3 just 3 sizes of poodles. Toy, Miniature and Standard. People who say otherwise are not telling the truth about poodles and I’ve had poodles since I was a kid in 1966. There is no such teacup poodle or any other breed it is a way to unscrupulous breeders to sell their puppies for a lot of money. Teacup size poodles and other breeds are runts and have health problems.

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      Hi, Sue.
      I’m guessing you just skimmed the headings and didn’t read the supporting paragraphs.
      We literally say “Teacup poodles are not recognized by most of the major breed registries; instead, they are an unofficial name breeders and poodle enthusiasts give to very small toy poodles.”
      But many people use the term, so we want to write about it to help our readers out!
      Similarly, we explain that the Klein poodle is recognized in some places but not by the AKC.
      Thanks for your comments.

    2. A Batchelar Avatar
      A Batchelar

      While the AKC and CKC only recognize 3 sizes that does not make it right. Other national kennel clubs recognize Moyen or Kleine as a legitimate bred size. It only makes sense as ‘Standards can go from 11 to over 36 kilos (25 to 80 lbs) and when one is buying a dog it stands to logic you want to know if it will be 14 k or 34 k. We sought out a Moyen as we knew the size would be around 14 k and that is what he is. We paid no more than we would have for a well bred Standard which is what he is registered as.
      Hopefully the AKC and the CKC catch up to the rest of the world some day.

  20. Red Avatar

    I’m looking for a red/apricot standard poodle. I’ve looked fir a rescue for years. Please contact me if you know of any. Red 720-329-9844

  21. Marla Corder Avatar
    Marla Corder

    Where are you located? I’m in Harrison, Ar. This message is for the lady that now has her moms dog. Her mother passed away and she has puppies from her dog and her mom’s dog. I thought this msg would show up under her post. Thank you!

  22. Sandra Angus Avatar
    Sandra Angus

    Very helpful information

  23. Louanne L Sack Avatar
    Louanne L Sack

    We own a Black and White 2 yr. old male Teacup Poodle. He is a blessing to our family. Our little fur baby loves to dance, and is extremely friendly with other dogs and people. He weighs about 8lbs., but isn’t too keen on getting wet during bath time…..lol !

  24. Erdie Allsup Avatar
    Erdie Allsup

    I have my 3rd Standard Poo. He is a gorgeous black and white male named General Beauregard. He is the best companion I have ever had.

  25. Linda Ayers Avatar
    Linda Ayers

    I love poodles and have been blessed to have had many over my 72 years. I currently have a darling little chocolate brown toy-poodle who is 16 years old. She has been blind for the past year, but still seems glad to be with us. Poodles are the absolute BEST !!!

  26. Holly Corbett Avatar
    Holly Corbett

    This description of Poodle sizes and colors is just awful!!!!
    The Parent Clubs of each breed,in this case,
    The Poodle Club of America,write ,change and update their breed standards as needed.
    Those copies are then presented to the AKC for approval.if changes are approved,those updated written breed standards are then sent to all AKC licenced judges.

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      Hey there, Holly.
      Not sure what triggered your all-caps yelling, but the AKC is literally a breed registry.
      At any rate, thanks for reading.

  27. Margaret Stiger Avatar
    Margaret Stiger

    Iam looking for female poodle. Toy or teacup.

  28. Dina Yates Avatar
    Dina Yates

    Looking for a miniature poodle – Ours got run over and we are devastated – My husband has been in hospital and had a tumor that is meligant – We are so lost without our little fur baby – He had the cutest little bear face.

  29. Lynnette Avatar

    I am very interested in a teacup poodlepoodle

  30. Julie Avatar

    I currently have two poodles a toy and a mini. Toupee and Smokey my very first dog was a poodle and even though they all had their own personalities they also had their own uniqueness. Can’t go wrong with poodles.

  31. Brian Lamberts Avatar
    Brian Lamberts

    Short of getting run over by a car, GDV is the worst thing that can happen to a dog. Standard Poodles have a 1 in 20 chance of Gastic Dialation and Volvulus. Great Danes are even higher chance. Gastroplexy, tacking the stomach to the chest wall, reduces the likelihood (tho doesn’t completely eliminate it.) It’s a procedure that is relatively inexpensive and easy if done during spaying or neutering when the dog is anesthetized anyway. A dog is a major investment, not just in money but in emotions, and having lost one 3 year old Standard Poodle, I can attest to how expensive and heart breaking it is. All my dogs get Gastroplexy. It’s worth the extra $500 or so.

  32. Loretta Mart Avatar
    Loretta Mart

    I have a toy Poodle named Buddy he is 11 years old and very smart …
    Great dog for kids and for me a great companion. I talk to him like an adult and he must understand cause he minds me

  33. Sandy Avatar

    Looking for a Standard poodle pup or rescue.

  34. Jan Avatar

    My Standard JACK has been my best friend for 14 years. He still loves the dog run, playing ball n frisbee. Hr is an alpha but hes called the sheriff at the dog run because he keeps the peace and breaks up any arguments by body slamming. Hes funny hes my joy.

  35. Jan Avatar

    My Standard JACK has been my best friend for 14 years. He still loves the dog run, playing ball n frisbee. Hr is an alpha but hes called the sheriff at the dog run because he keeps the peace and breaks up any arguments by body slamming. Hes funny hes my joy.

  36. Diane Carter Avatar
    Diane Carter

    I had s 4 lb poodle for 18 years she was the best little thing anybody could have.Didn’t want to give her up but her wings were ready just not me.

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      Sorry about your pooch, Diane. She sounds like she was wonderful though.
      Thanks for sharing your story with us.

  37. Brandy Weiss Avatar
    Brandy Weiss

    I love my standard poodle ROXY! She is by far the best dog we have ever adopted. Best family dog. So very very smart.

  38. Brandy Weiss Avatar
    Brandy Weiss

    I love my standard poodle ROXY! She is by far the best dog we have ever adopted. Best family dog. So very very smart.

  39. Michelle Wright Avatar

    I have a poodle great dogs inteligent relates to commands very well good listerner.Soft cuddly and very loyal protecting lovable doggies.thnx Scoobs❤

  40. Barbara Sandlin Avatar
    Barbara Sandlin

    We had a 3 pounder that was amazing. She was supposed to be my dog but my husband could do anything with her but she turned into kugo with me. She travelled with us everywhere. We were given a pocket if change to buy a Whole Dog. Her name was Kline Schuzza spelling changed to protect the innocent. Meaning “Little Shit” unfortunatly had a stroke at age 12. We have had poodles since 1989. Love em

  41. Clare Coram Avatar
    Clare Coram

    My poodle passed 2yrs ago.
    I want to adopt another one now… I think I’m ready. She was the best baby girl. I miss my Penny Lane everyday.

  42. kelley pedranti Avatar

    Want a teacup poodle white

  43. Greysy Young Avatar
    Greysy Young

    I don’t have a site.Luved Urs on G. I am Hospice Nrs,Ret.Im 58, looking for a Moyen Pup or young. Hope U see this 🙂 & I hear from you.

  44. Gina Nicolas Avatar

    I have a 4 yr Male maltipoo white I need to get him a mate to get some babies before I get him fixed if intrested send me a message thru here thanks

  45. maria batteate Avatar
    maria batteate

    I have 4 pitbulls and one Standard female Parti poodle.
    She tug a wars all day long with the pit bulls and very often wins and pranced away very proud lol.
    Shes very smart but unaware shes not a Pit.
    She definitely gives the other dogs a run for their money!

  46. Elaine Avatar

    Red is not listed as a common Poodle color. Is red interchanged with Apricot? My friend gave me a poodle for a gift. He said it was a miniature red poodle. However, the papers are checked apricot .

  47. Lori rowe Avatar
    Lori rowe

    They have pahtom colored poodles I have a miniature poodle and her mom’s a phantom which is tan colored that can be on the legs and tail but her dad is apricot but she has some colors like her mom but black as she got older and she’s 11 years old now.

  48. Roger Schultz Avatar
    Roger Schultz

    We have a red standard, six months old. We love her very much but have not found her easy to train. Is this because she is so young? She has begun to bark excessively and we don’t know what to do. Although she loves to be near us and especially to tug and fetch she is not particularly affectionate. She”s smart all right–especially mischievous. We love her and don’t know what we’d do without her. Could use some advice.

  49. Denise Dargan Avatar
    Denise Dargan

    Looking for toy poodle female reasonable price

  50. Linda Dorado Avatar
    Linda Dorado

    I have an 18 year old toy poodle who is still going strong. I have had poodles my whole life love them.

  51. Jennifer Avatar

    I love my puppy Haha she is a poodle as a baby

  52. Betsy Avatar

    Teddy my toy poodle turned 13 yo today. He is very smart, loves to take walks, Chase balls and stuffed toys. He is very loving and friendly. Best dog!

  53. Carolyn Avatar

    I sent my Stars to the rainbow bridge last week. She was 15.5 yrs old apricot toy poodle. We were fighting kidney disease for almost 2 yrs. fluids 3x a week and 5 meds. Her weight never went over 6.5# for the last 2 yrs. She was having problems breathing – during one of her fluid appointments – I asked the vet for updated x-rays. There was a significant increase of fluid around her heart. I agreed to pain killers and another 2 meds. 3 days later it was clear that the pain meds took all life from her. She stopped playing and eating. It was the hardest decision. I couldn’t keep putting her through all of Vet treatments, fighting her for her to take her meds and trying to give her a various of food – in hopes that she would eat. I so miss her. We are given a blessing knowing we won’t have them long. When Stars was younger I ensured she knew I was alpha but as the years passed – I permitted her to be the alpha. Smiles. I was happy to be wrapped around that little paw. Smiles. So miss her.

  54. Renae Avatar

    My mom had a toy poodle when I was growing up. I slept by the kennel every night for months until we were comfortable leaving her out all night. She then slept in bed with me until I graduated high school and moved out. My parents said she cried for me all the time. When I’d come home on the weekends she would go absolutely nuts. Mom had her for about 14 yrs before she had to be put down due to seizures. I sure do miss her

  55. Tamara Sanders-Nolan Avatar
    Tamara Sanders-Nolan

    My daughter and I just got our first poodle(toy) and he is a blast. He has a heart of gold. Best dog ever.

  56. Paula Ayling Avatar

    I’ve had my standard poodle, Tilly since she was a 7month old pup. She’ll be 9i yrs old in July, but still runs around like a puppy. She’s an absolute joy!

  57. Julie Richmond Avatar
    Julie Richmond

    I have three poodles two were shelters for me the best dogs ever!!!

    1. Meg Marrs Avatar

      So glad you got to take home some great shelter poodles!

  58. Linda Dorado Avatar
    Linda Dorado

    I have had toy poodles ny whole life i currently have Mindy who is 18 years young. I just love them

  59. Sheila Avatar

    I have a little 5 pound, apricot poodle named Daisy. She’s the sweetest little dog, and she has such emotions that her facial expressions change. It freaks out my daughter & sister. She smiles, she gets a totally different look when she’s sleepy, and when she’s got attitude.. U will know it. Lol
    I love her so much, and she’s not the family pet…she’s a family member.

  60. Kay Weatherford Avatar
    Kay Weatherford

    I have had tiny toy poodles since I was 10 yrs old. 3 of them over the years 2 blk and the last one white was 5.6 lbs who just recently passed. He was by far our baby boy to my husband and me. All my poodles lived till they were 18 yes old. He passed on his 18 the birthday. It’s been 3 weeks and I still look for him.
    I am sorry I can’t leave a picture as he was really special and stole everyone’s heart. The first two passed away in my arms at 18 yes old…I had to fly out if the country for a week so his daddy looked after his and a fee hours before my plane landed he had crawled up to snuggle up with his daddy and passed away.
    He was ckc registered but my females were akc. I hope he will come back again. He choose us when I picked him up he clung to me like his life depended on it. We had so many adventures and he rarely let me out of his sight unless his daddy was around. Everyone who met him was amazed at how smart and living his was. At least he didn’t suffer..just went to sleep with a smile.

  61. Lisa Avatar

    Question: I have noticed that some poodles have got their snout with very short hair and others have got longer hair like a cockapoo…does that mean they are two kinds of poodles?

  62. Susie Morse Avatar

    I am so excited! I am adopting a blue toy poodle today! My friend Melissa told me about her.

  63. Carmen Avatar

    For my birthday, my husband gave me the best birthday gift ever. He bought me my Toy Poodle “Cutie” I Love her to pieces. I came to this website for research and care on the Toy breed and I find it so helpful. Thank SO MUCH!

  64. Sharon Avatar

    2/21/2019. Do not know when you posted your note. I have a black standard poodle, born 7/17/2017, spayed. Did not get papers, owner was breeding dogs for family pets, hunting dogs or service dog training for veterans, not for further. breeding or showing.
    Knows sir, down, now, pray, bang-bang (play dead), and “army” crawl. She is very intelligent and learns quick with lots of positive reinforcements and love. Write if inter erested.

  65. Susan Lechuga Avatar

    My poodle passed away in July.I miss him so much.He was my baby.I have Hime since he was 8 weeks old He was 18.5 years old when he died.He was so smart,he learned so many tricks so fast He also taught himself tricks.He was my perfect little boy.

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      So sorry about your pup passing, Susan. He sounds like he was a wonderful pooch.

  66. Tsmra Avatar

    Growing up and through adulthood my mom and I were blessed with 5 wonderful standards from Jean Lazarus. The last one, Boni, passed away 2 years ago at age 17. She was with me full time as my mom passed away 8 years prior to that. I cant express what she meant to the people who loved her and she took care of in the later years of her life.

  67. Loretta Gulick Avatar

    I had a black little teacup puddle for over 14 years that just passed in January!! She alway wore a teddy bear cut a was so small she would sit in my purse while we shopped yet loved to get out a dog for work while I graden.i will miss her soo .I’m still fight over where she died from natural Kidney failure or from the HILLS SCIENCE DIET KD DOGS FOOD THAT IS KILLING DOGS ON THE NEWS WITH KIDNEY FAILURE ALSO !!THERE VET HAS BEEN EMAILING ME SO GUESS WILL SEE!!

  68. Roger Hernandez Avatar

    We breed standard Poodles in Sterling Colorado our Poodles are Genetic and OFA tested. We breed Silver Beige, Red, and Chocolate standard Poodles

  69. Roger D'Amato Avatar
    Roger D'Amato

    I had a red miniature poodle for over 16 years and he pasted in October 2018. I would like find a reliable breeder that breeds good, healthy miniatures. I live in Farmingdale NJ. Can you recommend any?

  70. Ronna Avatar

    I’ve had Little Bear, my phantom miniature for 12 years, he was a rescue. I had my grandsons light apricot baby “Coco” but he passed a couple of years ago. He had been to the vet and kept getting worse and died in surgery. ☹️ He was only 6.
    Just a couple months ago I got an over sized toy. He’s about 7 months now. All 3 have been males and the 2 I have now bring me so much joy. Smart as can be! (Waiting for chewing stage to end)
    The baby has separation anxiety and I’m going he will settle and feel more secure.

  71. Maria Becker Avatar
    Maria Becker

    Just lost my poodle after 13 years I still can’t believe he’s gone .I would love to adopt a puppy this poodle would have a wonderful life with my family.

  72. Hugh MacDonald Avatar
    Hugh MacDonald


  73. CARIN WALKER Avatar

    I have a teacup poodle lexi. She is the best. She listens, she is there when I am down. She is my love and joy. To my other two teacups that have passed, anesha and we wee
    you brought me as much joy too. I love teacups as they are easy to take care of but, or not meant for children.

  74. Susan Fletcher Avatar
    Susan Fletcher

    Little mocha bean is 13 years old.and runs with my 3 Rottie mixes like he is one of them. Hates to be indoors. He is the most valiant dog ever! He is lame in the right shoulder following a fight with a Coati mundo, lame in the back left hip after a mishap with my car. 75% blind and deaf, Prostate touble, chronic constipation, COPD. With all that he is by my side no matter where I go on my 100 acre property. Fights snakes and scorpions, or so he thinks!
    The drawback is the hair! I keep him sheered because of the weeds and thistles. He is a great little buddie! Measures 11” at the shoulders!

  75. Michelle Ballance Avatar
    Michelle Ballance

    I have 2 standards a part I and a red, they are great dogs totally different in personality one is calm and gentle while the other is big boned and the pushy alpha. Your correct on finding a reputable breeder.

  76. Ismael Rodriguez Avatar

    Hi, I’m looking for a medium size poodle where is the best place to buy one I have gone to manny pet shops but they are awfully to small like toys or tea cups they r nice but I want one a little bigger like medium size standards r to being for an apartment

    1. Meg Marrs Avatar

      Definitely don’t get your dog from a pet store, Check out our guide to finding a great dog breeder here!

  77. Gina Hernandez Avatar
    Gina Hernandez

    I have had the privilege of owning a toy poodles for 15 years and just Recently lost my Standard Poodle of 13 years . I am very drawn to the breed and have nothing but praise for them both . Odie our Roy accually was the alpha of them both and Kato my standard was such a sweet boy . I can’t say enough about the breed that you haven’t said but thank you for your accuracy and information.❤️

  78. Shirley kalwei Avatar
    Shirley kalwei

    Look forward to hearing from you

    Merry Xmas.

  79. Jennifer Avatar

    Is the poodle still available and how much is it

  80. Jacqueline lantier Avatar
    Jacqueline lantier

    I’m looking to adopt or purchase a poodle mom that is being retired .

  81. Angie Ellingston Avatar

    I just have a question… My little poodle is 5 years old now very very tiny and only weighs 1.5 pounds. What kind is she?

    1. Nancy Mathis Avatar
      Nancy Mathis

      Lost my female 2 years ago, black miniature don’t know what happened, I am looking for another female black miniature if possible I would even adopt or req. One. I HAD THE. Mom lived to be 14 had cancer we had 3 pups runt lived 5 years, my female 6 and my 6 pound baby boy hes 9 now and going strong so far. We just miss her so bad she was Daddy girl. Moms baby. So here any thing on black female miniature or toy.

  82. Gimmi Rhoads Avatar
    Gimmi Rhoads

    My Fred is my world she yes she is my service dog she does everything she even plays video games on her tablet she has got to be the smartest person I know all I have to do is ask tell her what I need and she knows right away what it is even if it’s the first time I’ve requested it she has totally changed my vue of poodles that are not some fru fru butter head dog nor are that fragile like most assume Fred is just more than I could have ever wanted and I’m blessed to have her in my life

  83. Kristina Avatar

    We adopted a dog recently, did a DNA test and found out he is 50% standard poodle and 25% Chesapeake bay lab and 25% lab fo rat least 3 generations. He is 28 in tall and has fur that sheds. His temperament is a combination, but he is more poodle than lab. Is it common for puddles to be so tall? Are there tails naturally short our docked at birth? Thanks

    1. Meg Marrs Avatar

      Hi Kristina – interesting! The height is probably just luck of the draw depending on the parents. Poodle tails are not naturally short, they are often docked.

  84. Bobbi Avatar

    I have my beautiful baby girl, Iggy she’s 6 months old. I just adore her. Some challenges, but nothing we can’t handle. She really tries hard to please us. Don’t know what I’d do without her.

  85. Jessi Avatar

    AKC does allow parti-colored Poodles in their registry. They do not allow them in the conformation ring but they are also allowed in AKC competitive sports like agility.

    1. Meg Marrs Avatar

      Thanks for the correction Jessi!

  86. Reeves Avatar

    Am looking for a adult STD poodle fory old age keep me in mind and email me if you come across one

  87. Barbara Sullivan Avatar
    Barbara Sullivan

    I have 2 standard black poodles. Adorable, mischievous, love to run, escape artists friendly to all people, love to cuddle, get on well with other dogs. I love them to bits.

    1. Meg Marrs Avatar

      They sound adorable!

  88. Tina Conforti Avatar
    Tina Conforti

    Want a black female toy poodle for easter.

    1. Angela Stewart Avatar
      Angela Stewart

      I have a black boy poodle baby and black girl silky maltypoo 8 weeks

  89. Prudie Avatar

    I have owned 2 standard poodles. They are the best!! We just lost Murphy, my red boy to I think a heart tumor at 11. Miss him so much. We have Bentley, a black male,8. Looking to get a new poodle puppy in the spring. Both standards

  90. BettyBoop Avatar

    I recently lost by Shihtzu-Poo. She had diabetes, she was eleven & a half.It is very difficult. You are right about being Alfa, She was always telling me what to do. When it was time to eat, she would tell me so. The joy of my life! I still have 2 Shihtzus, they are great, but I sure do miss my girl.

  91. John L Steele Avatar
    John L Steele

    You forgot to mention a rare color of poodles. Red.

  92. D. CarawayWw Avatar

    We just lost our beloved pet. HIS birthday is today he was 7 years old. He had liver disease. Where brokenhearted
    It’s been 6 week..

    1. Sharon Avatar

      I’ve lost my first two four baby poodles. A friend told me to read aboùt the Rainbow Bridge, it helped to ease some of the pain and loneliness of the loss you are suffering. Let me know if this helps.

  93. Jean W Leslie Avatar
    Jean W Leslie

    What info on poodle mixes.ie.maltipoos and cavapoos,.

  94. Susan Prince Avatar
    Susan Prince

    Hi, I have had 4 poodles since 1983. You qre right about the “Alpha” situation! But I didn’t know this when I adopted my current Poodle. She is a Black & white party color toy poodle. At least she’s always been called a Toy, even though she weighs 4 & 1/2 pounds! I alresdy had a 4 year old Bichon/Shitzu mix when I purchased Oreo. And not knowing any better, Oreo became the Alpha, and Sasha my BichonShitzu couldn’t have cared les!! Oreo is now 13 years old healthy, except for allergies that cause her to get ear infections and she just recently suffered from a detached retna which we don’t know how that happened, but we took her to a Veterinary opthamologist and she said that she has no vision in yhat eye noq, but she also has no pain & I put medication eye drops in twice a day.
    Oh, I was told by a former dig shower at AKC shows that the AKC does acknowledge party color poodles now!
    But I am now going to adopt a Double Doodle! A black female who was born today.

  95. Elizabeth Daniels Avatar
    Elizabeth Daniels

    I am looking for a small dog to adopt. I am retired and don’t have a lot of money, but I can give a dog a wonderful loving home.

    1. Kim Gorgoglione Avatar
      Kim Gorgoglione

      I have a toy poodle that is 12 weeks old. I adore him but my husband isn’t too happy about starting all over again with a puppy.

  96. Suzanne N Avatar
    Suzanne N

    If you look at Poodle Club of America, you will see that in the United States only 3 sizes are recognized—standard (taller than 15” at shoulder, most 22-27”), miniature (10-15” at shoulder), and toy (less than 10” at shoulder). In Europe the Klein or Moyer is recognized, which is essentially a small standard (15-20” at shoulder). Although there are some who will refer to “teacup” poodles, that is not a recognized size—simply a term some people use for toy poodles.

  97. Marilyn MacKenzie Avatar
    Marilyn MacKenzie

    I have a small Minature cream color. On her back, she is getting light brown spots growing in. Lucy is 6 years old. what are these?

  98. Sheron ortiz Avatar
    Sheron ortiz

    Love poodles. We lost our two kids in the same month. Went to doggy heaven. Cujo, a red minature was fourteen, sweety, a salt and pepper toy was fifteen. They were our babies. Empty nesters now. We are both retired now and cannot afford the high prices to replace them. They were very. Spoiled lap babies. They owned us. If anyone has a runt or one they cannot sell, please let us know.

  99. Joanne Armenia Avatar

    I would like an all red minature poodle.I like poodle dewormed microchip ed I need breader in florida In winter until middle june FLORIDA.

    1. Karen M Mccarrell Avatar
      Karen M Mccarrell

      I have a litter that will be ready on the 7th

      1. Cristina lazaro Avatar
        Cristina lazaro

        Hi there! Any still available?? Looking to get a standard or miniature poodle, any direction would be great! Ty!!

        1. Angela Stewart Avatar
          Angela Stewart

          I have a litter of amazing toy poodles 3854950329

          1. Geri hurst Avatar
            Geri hurst

            Hi Angela my name is Geri Hurst, from Colorado. We are looking for a toy poodle for our family, from a reputable breeder. We are open on the color, sex, etc. Healthy pet quality, is great. My email is [email protected] Please let me know what you have available. Thanks!

        2. Michele Avatar

          Your info is incorrect as AKC does allow and register multi color poodles. They can’t be shown in conformation however can be titled in all preformance events. I breed and show multi colored poodles and have several with AKC titles.

      2. Mary Ellen Tuttle Avatar
        Mary Ellen Tuttle

        I am interested in a poodle puppy! What size/color do you breed, please?

        1. Shirl Tilton Avatar
          Shirl Tilton

          I have 3 toy poodles..1 male , 2 females. Both mother & father on site im not a breeder. Just a female poodle owner & my mother passed so now they are in the same house were puppys are made..

          1. Marla Corder Avatar
            Marla Corder

            Where are you located? I’m in Harrison, Ar.

      3. B. GABRIEL Avatar
        B. GABRIEL

        I am looking for a Female Minature All Black Poodle Pup. Do you only raise the Red,which are beautiful also.Thank You for your patience. Ive raised 2 toys and love this breed.

      4. Darlene Berry Avatar
        Darlene Berry

        We just lost our sassy baby. Toy poodle. My husband is so lost & depressed. He wants another white toy poodle. We really cant afford what they are going for. Is there anywhere i could go in Florida to find one? Can’t beleive how this affected my husband.

      5. Darlene Berry Avatar
        Darlene Berry

        We just lost our sassy baby. Toy poodle. My husband is so lost & depressed. He wants another white toy poodle. We really cant afford what they are going for. Is there anywhere i could go in Florida to find one? Can’t beleive how this affected my husband.

        1. Ann Avatar

          Try Adopt-A-Pet to rescue a toy poodle. They have a few right now. (I’m in the process of adopting one). They ate the best. My baby DJ was the sweetest. I miss him so much!

      6. Darlene Berry Avatar
        Darlene Berry

        What color & how much??

      7. Darlene Berry Avatar
        Darlene Berry

        What color & how much??

      8. Wendy Avatar

        Do you have toy poodles.

      9. Wendy Avatar

        Do you have toy poodles.

      10. Nancy Mathis Avatar
        Nancy Mathis

        Looking for black female toy or miniature. No breed just family pet.

  100. Martha Hartley Avatar
    Martha Hartley

    I have a 2 year old Black Standard Recued Poodle that I’ve had for 1 year and she is an awesome girl/Breed. Very easy to train and she has earned 5 AKC obiedence titles awards in this one year.
    She is everything that you hear about Poodles and more.
    Love this breed and hervery much.

    1. Narendra Kuber Avatar
      Narendra Kuber

      I have two female standard poodles (year old) who are simply a pleasure !! I am a first time dog-owner and have found them easy to take care of. I am interested in how I can train them further. They went to basic obedience school and know a few commands.

  101. Cliff Maddox Avatar
    Cliff Maddox

    Looking to adopt

    1. Debra M. Henry Avatar
      Debra M. Henry

      Do you have any small poodles to adopt and whats the price?

  102. B Keane Avatar
    B Keane

    I love my Louie Poodle…..

    1. Wendy Avatar

      Looking for toy poodle breeder.

    2. Wendy Avatar

      Looking for toy poodle breeder.

      1. Ann Avatar

        You can get purebred poodles at rescues. Google them. Adopt-a-pet is also a great resource. That’s how I found my purebred pup.

      2. Shirl Tilton Avatar
        Shirl Tilton

        Hi, I saw ur message and thought I’d respond ..Im not a breeder but I have an apricot female mine and my mom’s cream male. Purchased with in days of each other..my mom has passed so they are now in the same house. And I have three pure breed pups..one very light white cream shy male. One goldish skunky female.. And one sweet cuddly just like the mommy apricot female.. This was not their first liter..and they have been mates their whole lives. I have their paperwork..i purchased both female & male for $675.00.. Just thought I’d reach out to you.. I’m.sure you probably have already found what u have been looking for..or maybe not. You never know I could just as well.maje someone’s happiness!

        1. Rita phillips Avatar
          Rita phillips

          Are they mini teacup poodles?? I am looking for one or something similar. Thank you

          1. Gale Klope Avatar

            I got a Parti Poodle. Bl/WH Not AKC but registered not AKC. Is this a real thing?
            Gale [email protected]

        2. Red ryder Avatar
          Red ryder

          Shirl Tilton-i’d love to meet your pups. How can I get ahold of you? Red Robyn Ryder In golden, Colorado. Looking for standard poodle

        3. Toccarra Wilson Avatar
          Toccarra Wilson


          I’d love to see pictures from your liter if they are still available.

          Thank you


        4. Dave Avatar

          Your story is BS. You’re a puppy mill breeder

        5. AsMelba White Avatar
          AsMelba White

          I had a teacup black poodle for about 13 yrs. She was my constant companion ,my baby she was precious.she was with me through two cancers.i could not have made it without her.she weighted two and a half pounds. She had ❤️ trouble and passed away three months ago.i am so heart broken.

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