Poodles have got the look – and the brains, too. Bred as intelligent water retrievers, the poodle’s signature hairstyle was simply a result of preserving hair where she needed warmth, such as hip joints and ankles. Despite common belief in the “prissy poodle,” this breed is highly intelligent, laid back, and easy to train. Poodles also have the advantage of being one of the few dogs with a hypoallergenic coat. Their above average smarts, gentle nature, and “allergy free” fur have made them a top choice for service dogs for disabled people with severe allergies, and companions for those with a sensitive nose.
Poodle Dog Collars
The Poodle is one of the most fun breeds to put a collar on, because she makes it look so good! Toy and miniature Poodles can strut their stuff in delicate collars like ribbon and florals, while the standard Poodle’s neck is a canvas for any kind of bling you can throw at it. She can rock gems, stones, and anything from the doggy runway, and her gentle disposition ensures the collar will stay intact. The standard breed’s average neck size is 12”- 18” (10” – 16” for miniature, 8” – 14” for toy). See the Ribbon Collars, Floral Collars, Gem Collars, and Haute Couture Collars sections for just a sampling of ideas for what looks good on your precious Poodle.
At a Glance
- Non-Sporting (Standard and Miniature) and Toy (Toy) Groups.
- Standard: over 15 inches tall at the shoulder; Miniature: over 10 but under 15 inches; Toy: 10 inches or under.
- Companion, Service Animal