The Poodle has been bred in three sizes, which include Toy Poodle (6 to 9 pounds), Miniature Poodle (15 – 17 pounds), and Standard Poodle (45 to 70 pounds). The Poodle has an athletic body, square build, elegant appearance, and noble carriage. It has a round and narrow skull, long muzzle, oval-shaped eyes that are either brown or black, long flat ears that flop forwards near the cheeks, and a tail that is carried high.
The coat is naturally curly, harsh and dense throughout. It comes in various solid colours including black, cream, white, silver, red, apricot, brown, and fawn. The Poodle does not shed much, which is suitable for dog owners with allergies. Dog grooming includes regular clipping, about every 6 to 8 weeks. It is a high-maintenance dog since it forms matts and tangles quite easily, which may require owners to hire a professional groomer.
Other aspects of grooming include dental care such as brushing the teeth regularly and checking for signs of gum disease and bad breath. Keep on top of cleaning the ears to avoid wax build-up and infection. Also, trim the nails every week or two to prevent painful overgrowth that can cause cracking and splitting.