Different Types Of Poodles Mixes
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.
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.
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.
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!
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:
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, 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.