All About Poodles
POODLES do not shed and are hypoallergenic. People who have allergies to
dogs and cats can usually own a POODLE without difficulty. Because POODLES
have no body dander, fur or odor, they are perfect gentlemen and ladies in
your home. Mild mannered, yet protective, they are great family watchdogs, yet
wonderful with children. Poodles are among the most intelligent dogs you can
own. Originally from Germany, POODLES were used as hunting dogs because of
their sharp minds and quick responses.
Poodles come in many different sizes and colors. Only three sizes are
recognized be the AKC.
Toy Poodle - is the smallest. It must be 10 inches or under at the highest point
of the shoulders. Smaller than the Toy poodle are the Teacup and Tiny Toy
which are not separately classified by AKC but listed as a Toy Poodle. A Toy
Poodle weight normally ranges between 6 and 8 pounds. The Tiny Toy Poodles
weight ranges between 4 and 6 pounds. The Teacup being the smallest. It is
very small, usually about 2 to 4 pounds, with 3 pounds being the average.
Head and Expression
(a) Eyes-- very dark, oval in shape and set far enough apart and positioned to
create an alert intelligent expression.
(b) Ears-- hanging close to the head, set at or slightly below eye level.
(c) Skull-- moderately rounded, with a slight but definite stop. Cheekbones and
(d) Muzzle-- long, straight and fine, with slight chiseling under the eyes. Strong
(a) Chest deep and moderately wide with well sprung ribs.
(b) The loin is short, broad and muscular.
(c) Tail straight, set on high and carried up, docked of sufficient length to
insure a balanced outline.
The feet are rather small, oval in shape with toes well arched and cushioned on
thick firm pads. Nails short but not excessively shortened. The feet turn
neither in nor out.
The coat is an even and solid color at the skin. In blues, grays, silvers, browns,
cafe-au-laits, apricots and creams the coat may show varying shades of the
same color. This is frequently present in the somewhat darker feathering of the
ears and in the tipping of the ruff. While clear colors are definitely preferred,
such natural variation in the shading of the coat is not to be considered a fault.
Brown and cafe-au-lait Poodles have liver-colored noses, eye-rims and lips,
dark toenails and dark amber eyes. Black, blue, gray, silver, cream and white
Poodles have black noses, eye-rims and lips, black or self colored toenails and
very dark eyes. In the apricots while the foregoing coloring is preferred,
liver-colored noses, eye-rims and lips, and amber eyes are permitted but are
not desirable. Major fault: color of nose, lips and eye-rims incomplete, or of
wrong color for color of dog.
Parti-colors and Phantom Poodles
Parti in French means consisting of two or more colors, commonly black and
white. This can vary from a small amount of white on a dark dog to a fairly even
ratio of light to dark. Parti's have irregular-shaped pattern of spots.
A Phantom is a Poodle of any color with the tan point pattern. This is the
marking that appears in all of the known tan marked breeds- such as
Dobermans, Dachshunds, and Yorkshire Terriers. There shall be a spot of a
different color- normally tan - in the following places:
Over each eye
On the sides of the muzzle and cheeks
On the undersides of the ears
On all feet and or legs
Under the tail
Generally on the chest