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Tibetan Spaniel

A small dog that is slightly longer than he is tall, the adult Tibetan Spaniel is around 25cm in height and weighs approximately 7-9kg. He has a silky, medium-length coat, which is smooth on the face, and feathered on the ears, backs of the legs and tail. Males have a thicker coat and 'mane' around the neck and shoulders. The coat comes in all colours and combinations.

No, this will be my first dog and I am ready to learn!
I'd feel more comfortable keeping training to the basics
I'm looking for a dog to take on gentle walks
For half an hour a day
A smaller dog would suit me best
Dog drool? I can tolerate some.
I've got time for grooming every other day
-
I love dogs that are chatty and vocal
Yes - Barks and alerts
Yes
No
Tibetan Spaniel

Origin

Bred by monks to be watchdogs in the monasteries of Tibet, the Tibetan Spaniel dog breed has never been a gundog spaniel breed, but perhaps takes its name after toy spaniels, as he was given as diplomatic gifts to royalty and nobility to whom he became a prized companion. For hundreds of years, the Tibetan Spaniel would climb monastery walls to keep a look-out, barking to alert the monks if someone approached. To this day, in the modern home, a 'Tibbie' often seeks a high vantage point in his self-appointed role as watchdog.

Personality

An active, alert little dog, the Tibetan Spaniel is reserved with strangers and utterly loyal to his loved ones. He has a happy disposition but quite an independent little soul. He doesn't like to be separated from his family for too long, however, and he can be vocal in his watchdog duties.

Health

The most common health problem affecting Tibetan Spaniels is an inherited eye disease and so eye testing prior to breeding is important.

Exercise

The Tibetan Spaniel needs about an hour's exercise each day. Do ensure that your garden is secure and check the boundaries regularly, as this breed is a renowned digger!

Nutrition

Small dogs have a fast metabolism, meaning they burn energy at a high rate, although their small stomachs mean that they must eat little and often. Small-breed foods are specifically designed with appropriate levels of key nutrients and smaller kibble sizes to suit smaller mouths. This also encourages chewing and improves digestion.

Grooming

The double coat consists of a fine, dense undercoat and a longer, silky topcoat. Brush and comb through the coat a couple of times a week, paying particular attention to the feathering, which is prone to tangling.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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The Tibetan Terrier dog breed is a loving and loyal companion, and not just for their happy dispositions! To find out more about this breed, visit Purina today.

Clumber Spaniel

The Clumber Spaniel is a large, strong dog, who is heavier and more substantial than the other spaniel breeds. When fully grown, he stands around 45-50cm tall and adult dogs weigh 29.5-34kg and females 25-29.5kg. The abundant, silky coat comes in white with lemon or orange markings, and the muzzle is freckled.

I've looked after dogs before, so I have some experience
I'm happy with breeds that may need some training
I'd like to go on active walks with my dog
For an hour a day
A medium size dog works for me
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I've got time for grooming every other day
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I prefer quiet dogs that only bark from time to time
No
Yes
Yes
Clumber Spaniel

Origin

It's long been believed that the Clumber Spaniel is a French breed, brought to the UK over two centuries ago by the Duke of Noailles who, keen to keep his dogs safe in the revolution, gave his kennel of prized spaniels to the Duke of Newcastle at Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire. There is little evidence to fully support this theory and it's now thought that the Clumber Spaniel dog breed is very much a British creation, developed from various hunting spaniels and other breeds.

Personality

A little more reserved than some spaniels, the Clumber Spaniel breed is good-natured, and they make devoted family dogs - though be prepared for some slobber! He can show a stubborn streak, but usually loves to please, so makes a rewarding pupil when training, provided he has the right motivation.

Health

As with many breeds, the Clumber Spaniel can suffer from hereditary eye disorders, and hip dysplasia (a condition that can lead to mobility problems). Eye testing and hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore important.

Exercise

This breed is renowned for its excellent nose – something he will happily follow when out on a walk! For this reason, a reliable recall is essential for off-lead exercise. He is slower than the other spaniel breeds, and will be happy with about an hour's exercise a day.

Nutrition

Large breed dogs, as well as having large appetites, benefit from a different balance of nutrients including minerals and vitamins compared to smaller-breed dogs.

Grooming

The abundant coat is silky and straight, and there is longer hair (feathering) on the legs and chest that will tangle if neglected. The feet should be trimmed to prevent hair knotting, and the ears should be checked regularly.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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Clumber Spaniels, which are larger and stronger than many other Spaniel types, are good natured and respond well to training. Read about the breed in full here.

Shih Tzu

The Shih Tzu is a long-coated, sturdy little dog that comes in a variety of colours (see the breed standard for details). They move in quite an arrogant manner with their tails carried over their backs. An adult Shih Tzu should be no more than 27cm in height and the ideal weight is 4.5-7.5kg.

No, this will be my first dog and I am ready to learn!
I'd feel more comfortable keeping training to the basics
I'm looking for a dog to take on gentle walks
For half an hour a day
A smaller dog would suit me best
Dog drool? As little as possible, please!
I can fit in daily grooming sessions
Yes, I require a hypoallergenic breed
I love dogs that are chatty and vocal
Yes - Barks and alerts
Yes
Yes
Shih Tzu

Origin

The Shih Tzu dog breed is believed to have originated in Tibet, where they lived in the temples and were occasionally given as a gift to the Emperors of China. Once they were in China the Shih Tzu dog was crossed with the Pekingese to become the breed we recognise today. They arrived in Britain after 1912, but they were not given recognition until 1949. It wasn't until the 1960s that they were recognised in America.

Personality

The Shih Tzu is an affectionate, playful and intelligent dog. As a breed they can be independent and wary of strangers. They enjoy learning and like to please, but they can be obstinate at times and can give the impression that some tasks are simply beneath them. With patience and consistency they can become relatively obedient.

Health

In common with many other breeds, the Shih Tzu dog can suffer from some hereditary eye problems and kneecaps that may temporarily slip out of place. They are also more prone to ear infections, spinal disc disease and breathing problems.

Exercise

Shih Tzus do require exercise but are quite happy to stay at home and play. They are perfectly content with short walks and would prefer three 20-minute strolls to an hour-long hike.

Nutrition

Small dogs have a fast metabolism, meaning they burn energy at a high rate, although their small stomachs mean that they must eat little and often. Small-breed foods are specifically designed with appropriate levels of key nutrients and smaller kibble sizes to suit smaller mouths. This also encourages chewing and improves digestion.

Grooming

The coat of the Shih Tzu is long, soft and dense, with a good amount of undercoat, and requires a lot of daily grooming to keep it looking in top condition. They also require frequent bathing, sometimes as much as once a week and they must be dried completely. As the hair grows upwards from the bridge of the nose, it is often tied up in a topknot, on top of the head. Their faces may need to be washed daily, as food etc can get stuck on the hair. If the coat becomes too much, it can be kept short, a groomer or the breeder is probably the best person to advise on how this is carried out.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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Affectionate, intelligent and playful, Shih Tzu's are little dogs with big personalities! To find out more about this spirited dog breed, visit Purina online today.

Labrador Retriever

Labrador dogs are large, strongly built dogs with good bone and substance. Their heads are broad with soft, intelligent eyes. Their tails are totally unique being otter-like. The short, dense coat comes in solid black, yellow and chocolate/liver. Adult dogs measure 56-57cm and weigh about 30kg and adult females are 55-56cm and weigh about 28kg.

No, this will be my first dog and I am ready to learn!
I'd feel more comfortable keeping training to the basics
I'd like to keep super fit together with vigorous walks
For more than two hours a day
I'd love a large dog
Dog drool? I can tolerate some.
I've got time for grooming every other day
-
I love dogs that are chatty and vocal
No
Yes
Yes
Labrador Retriever

Origin

The Labrador Retreiver breed originated not in Labrador, but on the coast of Newfoundland in the 17th century. They were trained to bring in the fishing-nets through the icy waters for the fishermen and, in the early 19th century, were brought to Poole Harbour in Great Britain. They were so attractive that the fishermen had umpteen offers from Englishmen to buy them. The breed was instantly successful as a gundog. The Earl of Malmesbury was fascinated by these dogs, known at that time as Saint John's breed, and he started breeding them, calling them Labrador dogs (or 'Labs').

Personality

The Labrador breed is definitely in the top three when it comes to choosing a family pet - as long as you enjoy exercise! They are friendly, good-natured dogs who are affectionate with everyone. They are adaptable social dogs who can bond well with other animals and children, being patient and forgiving but this should never be abused. They are extremely loyal and love to be included in all aspects of family life. Labradors will bark to draw your attention to strangers but will welcome them with open arms.

Health

As with many breeds, Labrador dogs can suffer from various hereditary eye disorders, and hip and elbow dysplasia (joint conditions that can be painful and lead to mobility problems). Eye testing and hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore important.

Exercise

Labradors will adapt quite readily to the amount of time you can allocate for their exercise but do remember they should be given quite a reasonable amount – a couple of hours a day being ideal for a healthy adult. They love fairly long walks with a chance to run and play off the lead. They adore retrieving and water, so do take care when near the latter to ensure their safety. They are prone to weight gain but this is often due to a lack of exercise as well as a love of food.

Nutrition

Large breed dogs, as well as having large appetites, benefit from a different balance of nutrients including minerals and vitamins compared to smaller-breed dogs. The Labrador is prone to bloating and stomach problems; smaller, more frequent meals can help minimise this risk.

Grooming

Labrador dog coats are easy to maintain. The coat is thick and dense with a weather-resistant undercoat and is easy to maintain with a brush through once a week, and more regular attention when moulting.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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One of the best family pets, Labradors are adaptable, sociable, and affectionate with everyone they meet. Read about their care and history with Purina.

Golden Retriever

Known for his lustrous, medium-length golden coat, this large retriever has a friendly expression with perfect symmetry and superb, flowing movement covering the ground with long, powerful strides. Adult males are 56-61cm in height and 30-34kg. Adult females are 51-56cm and 27-32kg.

No, this will be my first dog and I am ready to learn!
I'd feel more comfortable keeping training to the basics
I'd like to keep super fit together with vigorous walks
For more than two hours a day
I'd love a large dog
Dog drool? I can tolerate some.
I've got time for grooming every other day
-
I prefer quiet dogs that only bark from time to time
No
Yes
Yes
Golden Retriever

Origin

Sir Dudley Marjoribanks (Lord Tweedmouth) took a liking to the yellow colour of the retriever and acquired a dog called 'Nous' from Brighton, England, in 1865 and used him on a Tweedwater Spaniel bitch, which was a liver-coloured retrieving dog. In 20 years of further breeding, and bringing in Labrador Retrievers, Red Setters and possibly a Bloodhound or two to improve scenting and add bone, the Golden Retriever dog breed was developed. In 1908 it was registered and shown as Golden Flatcoats until 1913, when the listing was changed to Golden or Yellow Retrievers until finally, in 1920, they took the name they bear today.

Personality

The Golden Retriever is a gentle dog with a level disposition, and usually adapts well to family life. They love to be involved in all matters, whether indoors or outdoors. They are foremost a retriever and will attempt to drag, pull or carry anything they can fit into their mouths. They also love water and care should be taken to ensure their safety when any form of water is nearby. Golden Retrievers are, however, worriers, and great care should be taken during training, ensuring sensitivity is maintained at all times.

Health

As with many breeds, The Golden Retriever can suffer from various hereditary eye disorders, and hip and elbow dysplasia (joint conditions that can be painful and lead to mobility problems). Eye testing and hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore important.

Exercise

Adult Golden Retrievers require a reasonable amount of exercise to keep them in peak condition. As puppies, do ensure they are not over-exercised or bone/joint problems may develop. A couple of hours of daily exercise should be sufficient for a fit adult, though this dog will happily accept more if you can offer it!

Nutrition

Large breed dogs, as well as having large appetites, benefit from a different balance of nutrients including minerals and vitamins compared to smaller-breed dogs. The Golden Retriever is prone to bloating and stomach problems; smaller, more frequent meals can help minimise this risk.

Grooming

Because of the density of the coat, Golden Retrievers must be regularly groomed. The undercoat, because of its water-repellent nature, is extremely thick and must therefore not be allowed to mat, causing unnecessary suffering to the animal. Whilst the length of the coat attracts water and mud, this is easily cleaned off once the coat has dried.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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Known for their golden coats, Golden Retrievers are gentle-spirited and fit well with family life. They love swimming and 'fetching' too! Read more about them here.

Flat-Coated Retriever

TheThe Flat Coated Retriever dog breed is a long, lean-looking dog, bright and active with an intelligent expression. They have dense, flat coats with high lustre, their legs and tails are well feathered and they give the impression of power and raciness. The coat is commonly solid black or solid liver in colour. An adult male is ideally 58-61cm in height and 27-36kg in weight; adult females are 56-58cm and 25-32 kg.

No, this will be my first dog and I am ready to learn!
I'd feel more comfortable keeping training to the basics
I'd like to keep super fit together with vigorous walks
For more than two hours a day
I'd love a large dog
Dog drool? I can tolerate some.
I've got time for grooming every other day
-
I love dogs that are chatty and vocal
No
Yes
Yes
Flat-Coated Retriever

Origin

Retriever breeds were developed in the early 19th century as dogs whose sole purpose was to pick up shot game. The Flat Coated Retriever was developed from the Lesser Newfoundland as a land retriever and evolved into a fine water and land retriever much favoured by gamekeepers. They have the added skills of flushing game from cover and will hunt game in upland areas. The credit for establishing this breed is given to Mr J Hull who began breeding them in 1864 and they came to be commonly used on estates throughout Great Britain.

Personality

The Flat Coated Retriever is a kindly, lively dog who loves humans. They are slow to mature and retain their puppy-like qualities for several years. They are usually good family dogs, even-tempered and adaptable but with a deep bark that will give warning of the approach of both visitors and strangers. Their tails wag constantly and they are very enthusiastic dogs who thrive with a lot of attention from their owners.

Health

The most concerning breed related problem is a high predisposition to some certain types of aggressive cancers. As with many breeds, they can also suffer from various hereditary eye disorders, and hip dysplasia (a condition that can lead to mobility problems). Eye testing and hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore important.

Exercise

The Flat Coated Retriever is a tireless worker and as a companion is capable of covering long distances but is happy with moderate exercise. They are keen to join in with any activity. They are excellent water dogs and natural swimmers, enjoying this form of exercise.

Nutrition

Large breed dogs, as well as having large appetites, benefit from a different balance of nutrients including minerals and vitamins compared to smaller-breed dogs.The Flat Coated Retrievers are prone to bloating and stomach problems; smaller, more frequent meals can help minimise this risk.

Grooming

Flat Coated Retrievers require daily brushing to maintain their coats. Particular attention should be paid to the feathers, which may collect debris, and their feet should be checked for dried mud or other foreign matter.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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These Retreivers are kind and lively, retaining their puppy-like personality and enthusiasm for many years. Read about keeping them as pets with Purina.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

A large, muscular and powerful dog that has webbed feet, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever's water-resistant coat is short and thick, with a harsh, oily topcoat and a fine, woolly undercoat. The coat is described as 'dead grass' which is a colour between straw to bracken; they can also be red/gold or brown. Adult males measure 58-66cm and weigh between 29.5-36.4kg. Adult females measure 53-61cm and weigh 25-31.8kg.

No, this will be my first dog and I am ready to learn!
I'm happy with breeds that may need some training
I'd like to keep super fit together with vigorous walks
For more than two hours a day
I'd love a large dog
Dog drool? As little as possible, please!
I can groom my dog once a week
-
I prefer quiet dogs that only bark from time to time
No
Yes
Yes
Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Origin

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is an American breed that was developed from British dogs, developed by the settlers to work in the water, retrieving duck and other fowl. There is a story that says a ship was wrecked off the coast of Maryland in 1807 with two Newfoundland puppies. The puppies were given to the rescuers as a thank you. Both the dogs were mated to local dogs and the resulting puppies were crossed with Flat Coated and Curly Coated Retrievers, Irish Water Spaniels and Coonhounds to produce the Chesapeake dog breed that we recognise today.

Personality

Chesapeake Bay Retrievers can have an independent streak and at the same time are affectionate. They love children, although they can play a bit roughly at times. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is naturally protective and has a bright, cheerful and alert outlook on life and enjoy the companionship of other dogs and people. They are not the best breed of dog for a novice owner.

Health

As with many breeds, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever can suffer from various hereditary eye disorders, and hip dysplasia (a condition that can lead to mobility problems). Eye testing and hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore important.

Exercise

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever requires a lot of exercise, and can become somewhat badly behaved if not given enough. They love water, swimming and retrieving, and need two-plus hours of daily exercise. They are not the ideal dog for towns or the idle.

Nutrition

Large breed dogs, as well as having large appetites, benefit from a different balance of nutrients including minerals and vitamins compared to smaller-breed dogs. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is prone to bloating and stomach problems; smaller, more frequent meals can help minimise this risk.

Grooming

The coat of the Chesapeake dog is thick and short with a dense woolly undercoat. The coat can be wavy but is not generally curly, feeling oily when touched. It is advised not to wash this dog, as damage can be done to its waterproof coat. Also take care when brushing, which should only be necessary when the dog is moulting. Brushing will remove the dead and loose hairs. Bathing and excessive brushing could damage the texture of the coat.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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Bred to work in water, these large dogs have a water-resistant coat and webbed feet perfect for swimming. Learn more about their care and breed history here.

Pug

Multum in parvo' is this breed's motto, meaning he's 'a lot in a little'. The Pug is a toy dog, standing at around 25-33cm when fully grown, but he is square, cobby, muscular and surprisingly heavy at around 6.3-8.1kg. The short, soft, glossy coat comes in silver, apricot, fawn or black.

No, this will be my first dog and I am ready to learn!
I'd feel more comfortable keeping training to the basics
I'm looking for a dog to take on gentle walks
For half an hour a day
A smaller dog would suit me best
Dog drool? As little as possible, please!
I can groom my dog once a week
-
I prefer quiet dogs that only bark from time to time
Yes - Barks and alerts
Yes
Yes
Pug

Origin

A breed with a long, distinguished history, the Pug dog breed is thought to have come from China, before accompanying traders to Europe, where he developed in the Netherlands prior to the 16th century. The Pug dog breed became inextricably linked with Dutch royalty and the House of Orange and when, following the Glorious Revolution of 1689, William III became king of England, the Pug accompanied him, where he became popular with the nobility.

Personality

This charming, good-tempered toy dog is a happy, sociable companion. These little dogs have big personalities, and the Pug beloved of old and young alike. He can be calm and quiet but he can also have his mischievous, clownish moments. A super companion if you can offer him the time he needs – he does not like to be separated from his loved ones for too long.

Health

The most common health problems relate to the Pug's flat face, which results in obstruction of their airways and a difficulty in breathing. Over-exercising and over-heating is therefore to be avoided. They are also prone to eye problems and like many small breeds, they can suffer from kneecaps that may temporarily slip out of place (luxating patellas).

Exercise

The Pug needs only about half an hour's exercise a day, but he will happily potter around with you all day, and accompany you on errands. Never exercise him in hot weather or keep him in the car when it is even slightly warm, as he can suffer breathing difficulties.

Nutrition

Toy dogs have a fast metabolism, meaning they burn energy at a high rate, although their small stomachs mean that they must eat little and often. Small-breed foods are specifically designed with appropriate levels of key nutrients and smaller kibble sizes to suit smaller mouths. This also encourages chewing and improves digestion.

Grooming

The Pug's coat is low maintenance, requiring a quick brush once a week. However, the wrinkle over the dog's nose will need to be cleaned daily, and the ears and eyes will also need to be checked every day.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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Poodle Toy

The Toy Poodle dog is a noble-looking dog with a slender muzzle and long neck. The coat is profuse, curly and is often styled, and comes in a variety of shades, including blues, greys, silvers, browns, apricots and creams – see the breed standard for full details. The adult should be below 28cm in height and weighs no more than 4.5kg.

No, this will be my first dog and I am ready to learn!
I'd feel more comfortable keeping training to the basics
I'm looking for a dog to take on gentle walks
For half an hour a day
I'd like a little toy dog to carry around
Dog drool? As little as possible, please!
I can fit in daily grooming sessions
Yes, I require a hypoallergenic breed
I love dogs that are chatty and vocal
Yes - Barks and alerts
Yes
Yes
Poodle Toy

Origin

This small Poodle size was known to exist at least 500 years ago. During the 17th and 18th centuries the Poodle dog breed became a favourite with the nobility, who wanted dogs smaller than the miniature variety and so the Toy Poodle dog was developed. The name 'Poodle' came from the German for 'pudel' (meaning 'to splash in water', as the Standard (from which the Mini and Toy Poodles descended) was a highly regarded water-retriever.

Personality

This is a lively and affectionate dog, who can make the most wonderful companion. He can be a good guard dog, announcing visitors, but is generally good-tempered. Toy Poodles are unusually sensitive to vocal intonation, and respond well to training. Children should be trained to handle these small, delicate dogs carefully, though.

Health

Like many small breeds, the Toy Poodle can suffer from kneecaps that may temporarily slip out of place (luxating patellas). They are also prone to a hip condition and an inherited eye disorder that should be tested for.

Exercise

This is a fairly active breed that likes to get out on walks and particularly enjoys games. It is a good idea to enrol in some sort of activity so that the mind is stimulated along with the body. Poodles can do well in obedience, agility and most dog sports.

Nutrition

Toy dogs have a fast metabolism, meaning they burn energy at a high rate, although their small stomachs mean that they must eat little and often. Small-breed foods are specifically designed with appropriate levels of key nutrients and smaller kibble sizes to suit smaller mouths. This also encourages chewing and improves digestion.

Grooming

Toy Poodles do not shed and are often (though not always) tolerated by allergic people. Their coats do take a great deal of care, though, generally requiring professional grooming, as well as regular combing and brushing at home. The poodle should be taken to a groomer about every six weeks to be clipped, or you can learn how to do it yourself.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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Poodle Standard

This is a noble, elegant and well-balanced dog with a slender muzzle and long neck. The Standard Poodle's coat is profuse and curly and is often styled. This breed comes in many coat colours, including black, white, blue, grey, silver, brown, apricot and cream (see the breed standard for details). Adult Standard Poodles stand at a minimum height of 38cm and weighs between 20-32kg.

I've looked after dogs before, so I have some experience
I'm happy with breeds that may need some training
I'd like to keep super fit together with vigorous walks
For one to two hours a day
I'd love a large dog
Dog drool? As little as possible, please!
I can fit in daily grooming sessions
Yes, I require a hypoallergenic breed
I love dogs that are chatty and vocal
No
Yes
Yes
Poodle Standard

Origin

The Standard Poodle dog breed is the oldest of the three Poodle sizes, with the miniature and toy varieties developed later. The exact origin of the Poodle dog is unknown; some say they originated in France and others say that they come from Germany. It is thought they may have been taken to France from Germany and then developed into their present form in France. They were used in Germany as a water retrieving dog and today some still have the hunting instinct.

Personality

An affectionate, lively dog, the Standard Poodle dog makes a rewarding companion. They can be good watch dogs, announcing visitors but never being aggressive. They are high-spirited, happy dogs who love a busy life and being involved in all family matters.

Health

As with many breeds, The Standard Poodle can suffer from various hereditary eye disorders, and hip dysplasia (a condition that can lead to mobility problems). Eye testing and hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore important. There is also a high incidence in the breed of a particular hormonal disease (Addison's disease) and a stomach condition (gastric dilation volvulus).

Exercise

Standards need a good deal of exercise and space. Most of them love to swim and to retrieve, so do take care when near water to ensure their safety. They respond well to training and have excelled in many of the canine sports, such as agility and obedience.

Nutrition

Large breed dogs, as well as having large appetites, benefit from a different balance of nutrients including minerals and vitamins compared to smaller-breed dogs. Standard Poodles are also prone to bloating and stomach problems; smaller, more frequent meals can help minimise this risk.

Grooming

Standard Poodles do not shed and are often (though not always) tolerated by allergic people. Their coats do take a great deal of care, though, generally requiring professional grooming, as well as regular combing and brushing at home. The poodle should be taken to a groomer about every six weeks to be clipped, or you can learn how to do it yourself and this can be as simple as a 'sheep' style clip.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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Poodles just love to get involved in family life! High spirited and happy, they make wonderful companions. To learn more about this breed, visit Purina today.

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