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The Poodle stands proudly among dogdom's true aristocrats. They are known for superior intelligence and exceptional learning ability.

The Poodle, called the Pudel in German and the Caniche in French, is a breed of water dog. The breed is divided into three main varieties based on size, the Standard Poodle, Miniature Poodle and Toy Poodle.

Beneath the curly, low-allergen coat is an elegant athlete and companion for all reasons and seasons. Standard poodles are more than 15 inches tall at the shoulder; Miniatures are 15 inches or under; Toys stand no more than 10 inches. All three varieties have the same build and proportions.

Poodles are eager, athletic, and wickedly smart 'real dogs' of remarkable versatility. With an abundance of steady character and intelligence, the Poodle is a "person" and expects to be treated like one.

While crossbreeds in dogs are somewhat common, poodle mixes (alco called 'Doodles') happen to be the most popular (e.g. labradoodle, goldendoodle, maltipoo, cocapoo, etc.). This is because of the many positive qualities of poodles, the most common being their hypoallergenic low-shedding coat. Poodle coats have the least allergenic properties and are without an undercoat.

Poodle mixes are also great dogs with numerous adorable traits. They are easy to train, loyal, highly sensitive and extremely intelligent. They love children and enjoy themselves around kids. These positive traits come down to the mixes, along with the characteristics of the other purebred.

Why Care about our Friends with Paws

There are about 70 million stray animals living in the U.S., and of this 70 million, only about six to eight million cats and dogs enter the nation’s 3,500 shelters every year, according to the Humane Society of the United States.

The two main reasons animals end up in shelters are because they’ve either been surrendered by their guardians or picked up off the street by animal control officers.

Only about three to four million cats and dogs are adopted from shelters each year. This means that nearly half of all animals that arrive in U.S. shelters are euthanized because there is a lack of space and adopters, amounting to roughly 2.7 million dead animals every year or five out of every ten dogs and seven out of every ten cats.

Helping vulnerable animals and keeping our friends with paws in safe and loving homes requires a commitment from all of us—advocates, pet owners, shelters, leaders, and entire communities.