One of the great advantages of the poodle breed is that Poodles do not shed their coats seasonally, making for a cleaner home. Poodles need professional grooming every 4-6 weeks, depending on home care and a chosen style. Regular grooming contributes to the poodle's hypoallergenic qualities. A clean, well-kept coat doesn't smell and is less likely to carry allergens. Poodle coats are thick and bouncy and lend themselves to various trims to try. Poodles can look classic in trims with shaved feet and face, fun and cuddly in full-bearded Teddy trims, and spiffy in German trim with ears and tail clipped short. Whichever style you choose, your dog will look amazing and be a point of conversation.
Despite cute trims and smaller size of miniature and toy poodles, all poodles are very real, agile, and active dogs who can keep up with active owners. To be happy, poodles need walks, play time, and more importantly, mental stimulation. Poodles have a good "off switch" and are happy to cuddle once their exercise and mental stimulation needs are met.

Rival to Border Collie in intelligence, poodles are also creative, sensitive, and possess a sense of humor, all amazing qualities once harnessed by consistent and gentle training. Poodles respond very well to no force and positive training techniques and clear instructions. When done right, poodles can learn basic commands and advance to more complex tricks easily and willingly. When left to their own devices or expected to perform without clear directions, poodles tend to use their intelligence to problem solve on their own, which may not be to their owner's liking.
Poodles are observant dogs that are moderate barkers who alert their owners to unusual activity, which makes them good watchdogs. Poodles are gentle dogs with soft mouths and do not tend to bite. Exessive barking can be a sign of a dog who is unsure of its surroundings, lacks exercise and training.

In the United States, the Poodle is considered one breed divided into three size varieties for show purposes- standard, miniature, and toy. In Europe poodles are divided into four size varieties standard, moyen (medium), miniature, and toy. At Moonrise Poodles, we focus on miniature and moyens from our European import dogs and working on our toy lines.
Miniatures and Moyens are great companions for active households and families with children.
Toys can be somewhat fragile and be intimidated by active young children and are better suited for retirees and families with children over 10.

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