Poodle Personality Traits

Part of the Poodles For Dummies Cheat Sheet

All Poodles should be lively, friendly dogs who get along well with other dogs and with people — and every dog has his own unique personality. The following list presents the different personality traits that the different Poodle varieties may exhibit. Remember that you're dealing with a living creature, so there are no hard and fast rules:

  • Standard Poodles are a bit more reserved and self-contained than Minis and Toys, and they appreciate having jobs to do. Yes, they enjoy work! They also may be a bit calmer, but that's not to say that Standards are mellow and laid-back; they have tons of energy and enough bounce for any family.

  • A Miniature Poodle wants to be active all the time, whether that activity involves playing with a ball, taking a walk, chasing a Frisbee, or going for a swim. Because Minis are small but still sturdier than Toys, they often are an excellent choice for families that have children but aren't able to meet the space and exercise needs of a Standard.

  • A Toy Poodle is happy to cuddle, though he's active when he needs to be. Many professional breeders and handlers consider the Toy to be a natural in the show ring, with personality plus to charm judges.

All Poodles, no matter the size or type, have a sense of humor. They like to have fun, and they want to make you laugh!

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