Poodles are very active, very smart, and come in three varieties: toy, miniature, and standard (the medium-to-large size).
How big they grow: 40-70 pounds; over 15 inches (standard variety)
Good for: Children, allergy sufferers (A poodle’s curly-haired coat is low-shedding and hypoallergenic)
Care tips: A poodle’s long coat needs regular professional clipping and the occasional bath. Medium-energy, poodles need daily exercise and are easily trained.
Fun fact: Although they are regarded as France’s national dog, poodles may have originated in Germany, according to the AKC. In Germany they are known as the “Pudel,” which means to splash in the water.
AKC ranking: 7
Life span: 10-18 years