Poodles Come in Three Sizes
- The Standard Poodle: over 15 inches at the shoulder — most are in the 22-27″ range 50-60 lbs
- The Miniature Poodle: over 10 inches and not over 15 inches at the shoulder – most are in the 13-15″ range 15-17 lbs
- The Toy Poodle: 10 inches and under at the shoulder 6-9 lbs
A poodle’s life expectancy is 10 to 18 years, with a standard poodle coming in closer to the end of this spectrum.
Why a Poodle Is a Great Choice for Families
Although a toy poodle might be considered too tiny for homes with small children, whether you’re considering the toy, miniature, or standard poodle, all of them possess the highly-sought-after qualities that make up an excellent family dog:
- A poodle is affectionate, especially a miniature poodle.
- A poodle is very energetic and playful, making him a great choice for a pup that can keep up with active children. A standard poodle is an especially great option for homes with kids because he is extremely patient and his size makes it easy to tolerate a lot of rough-and-tumble play.
- A poodle is very smart and easy to train, which means you can teach him a lot of fun tricks that your kids will simply love.
- A poodle is patient.
- A poodle does not shed, so if you have kids with allergies, this may be a strong deciding factor for you.
- A poodle is gentle. A poodle loves to play and has a lot of energy, but he also knows when to slow down and can switch easily from one mode to the other.
- A poodle is very alert and will warn you quickly if something is amiss, making him a good guardian for your kids and family.
- A poodle is very loyal and bonds easily with his owners.