The poodle is a group of formal dog breeds, the Standard Poodle , Miniature Poodle and Toy Poodle. Originally bred in Germany as a type of water dog, the breed was standardized in France. Members of the second variety, the Miniature Poodle , had ancestors that were originally never said to go anywhere near the water. The Miniature and Toy varieties remained largely the lap dogs of middle and upper class ladies, especially in France and the UK.
Poodles are known as a highly intelligent, energetic, and sociable breed. They require both physical and intellectual activities. Of note is this breed’s keen sense for instinctive behavior. Poodles are highly trainable dogs that typically excel in obedience training. Miniature and Toy varieties tend to have less patience with young children and might find certain children’s antics too much to handle. They are likely to bite out of fear and thus are better suited to homes with teenagers or older children. Poodles dislike being left alone or left out of the family fun and some get anxious at being left in the house alone, but sign of nervousness or neurosis is atypical and not how a poodle of any size is meant to behave.
Average. A Poodle will do well at many dog sports, including dog agility, flyball, dock diving, field tracking, and even schutzhund, and can follow owners on hiking trips or any trip involving swimming, as long as the dog is accustomed to water and swimming.
Toy: maximum 25 cm and 4.5 kg.
Miniature: 28 to 38 cm and 6 kg.
White, black, brown, parti, silver, gray, silver beige, apricot, red, cream, sable, and patterns such as phantom and brindle.
(Source: Wikipédia & The Ultimate Dogs, Dog Breeds & Dog Care by Dr Peter Larkin & Mike Stockman, August 2015)