Poodles Come in Three Sizes
The Standard Poodle: over 15 inches at the shoulder - most are in the 22-27" range.
The Miniature Poodle: over 10 inches and not over 15 inches at the shoulder - most are in the 13-15" range.
The Toy Poodle: 10 inches and under at the shoulder.
The original Poodles were water dogs used for retrieving. To this day, their conformation and the texture and pattern of their coats reflect the purposes for which they were bred. Miniatures and Toys have been bred down from the larger Poodles and they exhibit the same general characteristics. Poodles are active, intelligent, ruggedly-built dogs which are at the same time elegant and refined. Well-bred Poodles in all three varieties have steady, calm nerves, hardy constitutions and they can be easily trained. Poodles believe they are people and they expect to be treated as one. Every Poodle is a character and for that reason they make wonderful companions.
Poodles want to be members of the family. Prospective owners should be equipped to provide a fenced-in area in which the Poodle can exercise. If this is not possible you should be prepared to walk the Poodle regularly on a leash. Poodles enjoy the exercise and should not be permitted to roam. Poodles require regular clipping and grooming, this can be done by a professional groomer or if you take the time you can learn to groom your own dog.. Poodles are not picky eaters, unless made so by overly indulgent owners. They thrive very well on simple, prepared dog foods.
The best place to purchase your Poodle is from a reputable Poodle breeder. A reputable Poodle breeder tries to produce the ideal Poodle as described in the Standard of the Poodle. He or she plans each breeding to produce a sound, healthy dog, excellent in conformation and temperament, one which will be both an ideal show dog and an ideal companion.
These breeders have spent allot of time and effort in the study, breeding and selection of their own breeding dogs. These decisions are based on accumulated knowledge of which dogs to use to produce the best quality Poodles. Not all puppies in a litter will satisfy the definition of a show prospect. In a single litter only one or possibly two puppies will be kept back by the breeder for show prospects the other puppies will be classified as "pet puppies." The differences will be so small that only an expert judge will be able to make the distinction; the eyes may be a bit too light, the tail a bit gay or the hocks a bit straight.
Most of the Poodles in the litter will display essentially the same characteristics, the same quality of construction, personality and health. For a pet price, a prospective buyer can purchase a well-bred, professionally raised Poodle, backed by the integrity of the breeder and accompanied by helpful advice, instructions and the enduring interest of the breeder in the welfare of the dog.
Brokers, Puppy mills and pet shops exploit the popularity of the Poodle in order to make a fast buck, purchase their dogs in litters as early as they can be weaned. These people are not concerned with temperament, heath defects or quality. They are simply interested in how many puppies that they can sell for how much moneys. Usually they do not bother with medical care. They are also not interested in what happens to the dog after it is sold. Even though the puppy may be accompanied by a pedigree or AKC "papers" (eligibility for registration with the American Kennel Club), this is not a guarantee of health, disposition or quality.
Once you have purchased your healthy, beautiful Poodle from a reputable breeder and having noted all the helpful instructions and friendly advice of the breeder from whom the Poodle has been purchased you as the new owner can embark on your job of training your new Poodle. You will find your poodle to be a very intelligent and happy addition to your family.