Poodles are popular, intelligent and elegant dogs with a curly, non-shedding coat and a temperament that can make them a great companion and family pet. They were originally bred in Europe as a water retriever and in Germany were known as ‘Pudelin’ which means ‘to splash’. Poodles are generally classified into three different types according to size -the ‘Toy’, the ‘Miniature’, and the ‘Standard’ Poodle.
Toy Poodles are very tiny, up to about 28cm (11inches) at the shoulder. Sometimes they are called ‘Teacup Poodles’ but according to the Poodle Club of Victoria this is not a true registered name but a marketing ploy. The Club also states that these tiny dogs are fragile and may have health problems which contribute to their small size.
The Miniature Poodle ranges from 28 to 38cms (11-15 inches) in height and is sturdier than the Toy. These dogs make a great family pet and can live quite happily in a flat or apartment.
Standard Poodles are quite large, usually ranging from 38 to 69cms (15-27 inches), but they have no upper height limit according to the Breeding Standard. Sometimes they are referred to as Royal Standards, but again the Poodle Club suggests this is a marketing gimmick.