The Poodle, also known as the Caniche and the Pudle, is a breed of dog that comes in three sizes. The Standard and Miniature Poodles are in the Non Sporting Group, and the Toy Poodles are in the Toy Group. This is one of the most popular house pet breeds known, and poodles are famous for their companionable temperaments and extremely high degree of intelligence. The Poodle was recognized by the AKC in 1887 and AKC approved in 1984.
The Standard Poodles stands on average 15 inches high at the shoulders and weighs between 45 and 70 pounds (the males are often heavier than the females). The Miniature Poodle must be over 10 inches and under 15 inches high at the shoulders, and they weigh on average between 15 and 17 pounds. The Toy Poodle must be 10 inches or under at shoulders, and they weigh on average between 6 and 9 pounds. Poodles should be brushed on a daily basis, and they need regular grooming as well.