Poodle Dog Behaviors And Characteristics


Guide to Behaviors and Characteristics of Poodle Dogs

Regardless of the poodle dog breed, be it a miniature, toy or standard poodle, the basic Poodle dog behaviors are quite similar with a few variations. Poodle dog characteristics are almost human-like when it comes to learning tricks and playing around. It is not uncommon to find that your friendly dog has outwitted you, yet you are the one who taught it the trick. Poodle dogs that have been well trained well show wonderful behaviors and are a pleasure to be around. They are friendly, calm, and make great companions. The easily trainable Poodle dog, though affectionate, can be very protective of its owners and makes a great watchdog.

Personality of a Standard Poodle

It is very usual to  identify a poodle as a not very smart dog,  also,  the way that poodles are  typically groomed is not helping  with the appearance of a dog with a superficial personality, but this is a myth!, Poodles are one of the smarter breeds and can be trained easier than other dogs. Also thanks to their personality they can play outside with your kids and rest in the living room very relax making them one of the best large breeds to be a family and companion dog. If you want to know about other breeds that are good for your family you can read the post  “5 well dog behaved for families.”

Classic Poodle Dog Behaviors 

Intelligent: The Poodle dog characteristics that are most common are those of being an intelligent animal. This dog tends to enjoy learning and having its mind kept active with varying activities or tasks. To make your life as the owner easier, teach your dog how to entertain itself by providing it with a variety of toys to play with. That is one advantage of the intelligent characteristic of Poodle dogs. Still connected to intelligence, the Poodle dog behaviors enable them to read its owner’s mood and almost accurately know how they are feeling. The Poodle dog has the ability to empathize or entertain their owners based on their owner’s emotional needs at the time.

Trainable: Linked to intelligence, another characteristic of the behavior of Poodle dogs is their ability to be trained. This is largely due to their desire to please their owners or trainer. The Poodle dog characteristics are to respond to positive reinforcement during training. Encouragement and treats motivate this trainable dog to do more. The common trait of Poodle dogs is excessive barking that can be triggered by a person coming to your door or leaves dancing in the wind. One of the first training lessons a Poodle dog owner should undertake is to train it to control its barking. To manage Poodle dog behaviors, keep their minds stimulated by engaging them in new things.

Sensitive: The sensitive behavior of Poodle dogs makes it possible for this dog to be used alongside people who are undergoing therapy. The negative side of this sensitive behavior is that it can make this dog clingy and protective. This is usually displayed by a lot of barking and aggression. Poodle dog behaviors remain relatively stable when the dog is in a calm environment. If this dog is placed in a chaotic environment, maybe where there are many children running around and shouting, it becomes stressed and cannot cope with the activity. Poodle dogs are also sensitive to being left alone at home for extended periods of time, especially if they have not been socialized well.

Poodle Appearance

Poodles, in all their sizes, are one of the nost gorgeous and elegant breeds. Their coat is usually curly, wiry and thick and wiry and when is well groomed when you pet them there is a feeling you are touching a smooth carpet, but the most important feature ( a reason why this is one of the perfect breeds for people with allergies) is that POODLES DO NOT SHED…awesome right?

Their ears are normally large and wide and hang close to the head. usually, poodle’s tail is large but owners usually dog and breeders custmoized the length to half of the size ( this is a procedure applied by a professional veterinary and it is recommended in the very early years of the puppy). Poodle’s eyes have standard dark color, but there are some poodles with a brown or apricot color coat brown with the color of the eyes lighter. The size of a standard poodle is average 15 inches taller average with a weight range of 45 to 70 pounds.

About the Grooming Needs

As we mentioned Poodles don’t shed and as their hair grows it needs to be brushed to avoid mats and nuts. Required grooming time recommended for a Poodle in order to keep a healthy coat is between 4-3 weeks. The length of the ears in poodle make them very susceptible to potential infections if there is not good hygiene, so you need to check them on a regular basis. The easiest way to clean them is with a cotton ball and a with a vet approved ear cleanser. This is important…don’t use a cotton swab inside the ear! Grooming frequency can be expensive for some owners, as an owner of two Labradoodles ( This is a Poodle bred with a Labrador, post about it coming soon), we faced the same issue, a reason why my wife decided to learn how to groom them.

Grooming frequency can be expensive for some owners, as an owner of two Labradoodles (This is a Poodle bred with a Labrador, post about it coming soon), we faced the same issue, a reason why my wife decided to learn how to groom them.

Grooming frequency by a professional can be expensive for some Poodle owners, as an owner of two Labradoodles ( This is a Poodle bred with a Labrador…post about it coming soon), we faced the same issue, reason why my wife decided to learn how to groom them.

If you want to learn about how to groom your own poodle there is a book recommended called “Poodle Clipping and Grooming: The International Reference (Howell reference books)” written by Shirlee Kalstone, Dog breeder with over 40 years experience and 12 books published, most of them about Poodles.  It is one of the books on the topic with the highest number of good reviews on Amazon, reason why my wife decided to purchase it…it worths every penny.

 Basic requirements that will encourage good Poodle Behaviors

Even though Poodle dog behaviors make it necessary for this dog to live close to its owner and not outside in a kennel, it is easy to live with as long as its needs are met and it is trained well. Human companionship and constant mental stimulation are basic requirements for this dog.

It is important to have in mind that poodles are considered a large breed that will enough space to feel comfortable, inside and outside of the house. As they are very well behaved inside,  this breed is often wanted for dog owners that live in apartments or condominiums located in busy locations but if there is not the discipline and commitment to providing an active routine of exercise outdoors maybe this breed is not the best fit for the life style of this type of dog owners. Just giving the chance to take them to a place to run or taking them for a walk every day will be enough to have your best friend not only happy but healthy and free of stress.

If you want additional information we recommend the book ” Poddle: Comprehensive Care from Puppy to Senior” by Charlotte Spencer and the book “Poodle (Smart owners guide)” by Dogster ( formerly (Dog Fancy Magazine)


  1. Loved this article. I have a poodle mix ( multipoo- bishon). She is so sweet, has a great personality etc. I agree that they are great companions, need an outing daily. I am going to look into self grooming because it is an expense.

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