If you own, or are thinking about owning, a poodle, you need to know these poodle dog-care facts. We're also sharing our must-have poodle-inspired gifts.

By Bridgette Uhlemann

Temperament: Poodles are proud and smart. Combine these personality traits with a poodle's looks, and one can easily see why many feel the poodle has an air of distinction and dignity.

Training: Poodles are very intelligent, which should make training relatively easy. Basic obedience training is recommended for all poodles. However, poodles also enjoy a variety of other trained activities, including tracking, hunting, and agility.

Care and grooming: Poodles are a non-shedding breed, which makes them a great choice for people with allergies. Although non-shedding, poodles require regular grooming. A poodle's coat is curly and dense, and it needs to be brushed weekly. Poodles also need their coat trimmed once every three to six weeks. Most owners want their poodles to look elegant and properly clipped. Therefore, many owners take their poodle to a professional groomer. These appointments can become expensive, so be sure to keep this in mind when calculating the cost of owning a poodle. As far as exercise, poodles are very active and want to keep busy, so it is important to ensure your poodle receives daily exercise.

Health: Poodles are generally a healthy breed. Its lifespan depends on its size, but most poodles live into their teenage years. Like all purebreds, however, there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts, idiopathic epilepsy, sebaceous adenitis, von Willebrand disease, and immune-mediated disorders, including disorders of the thyroid and adrenal glands. Poodles can also suffer from orthopedic problems, gastric dilation with volvulus (bloat), sebaceous adenitis, and autoimmune disorders. These issues can be minimized by working with a responsible breeder who knows the specific health concerns and diseases within the breed. There are also several poodle mixes you could discuss with your breeder, including a Maltipoo (Maltese and poodle), Labradoodle (Labrador and poodle), and Golden Doodle (Golden Retriever and poodle).

Food: Good nutrition, including proper food, is very important throughout a poodle's life. Poodles come in three varieties: small (toy), medium (miniature), and large standard. Measuring at the highest point of the shoulders, the toy poodle's size is usually 10 inches or under, the miniature poodle's size is usually between 10 and 15 inches, and the standard poodle is over 15 inches. Male standard poodles usually weigh between 45 and 70 pounds, while female standard poodles usually weigh between 45 and 60 pounds. In contrast, toy poodles are much smaller and weigh between 15 and 17 pounds. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas. Depending on the size of your poodle, consider working with your veterinarian to determine the best diet to ensure your pet remains healthy.

Things Every Poodle Lover Needs

These gifts are perfect for the poodle-obsessed. Including art and jewlery, we're sharing our favorite gifts for the dog lover in your life. 


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