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Poodles come in 3 sizes or varieties; the Toy Poodle, the Miniature Poodle and the Standard Poodle.  All 3 varieties are non-shedding and require regular clipping and bathing to keep their hair coat free of mats.  Although Poodles love outdoor activity, they are not dogs to be kept or left outdoors in harsh weather.  The Poodle, a true companion animal, can be as happy watching television with their person as they are going for a jog with their person. 

Toy Poodles

Toys are the smallest of the 3 varieties. Toys are under 10 inches at the shoulder and generally weigh less than 10 pounds. They come in all colors - black, white, brown, apricot, red, sliver and blue and ocassionally more than one color or what is known as "parti" color or "phantom marking."  None of the colors, including parti and phantom are particularly rare or unusual. Some very small Toys are advertised as "tiny toys" or "teacup" poodles. This designation is nothing more than a marketing ploy. 

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Miniature Poodles

The Miniature Poodle is the in-between size variety. Minis are over 10 inches, but below 15 inches, at the shoulder. They generally weigh between 15 to 25 pounds. They come in all the same colors, including parti and phantom, as do Toys and Standards.  Their size makes Miniature Poodles great for apartment dwellers. They are sturdy little dogs that are happy to cuddle or go for brisk walks. 

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Standard Poodles

The Standard Poodle is the largest of the 3 varieties. Standards are over 15 inches at the shoulder, usually in the range of 21-25 inches and may weigh as much as 70 pounds. They come in all the same various colors, including parti and phantom. Sometimes a large Standard may be referred to as a "Royal Standard," but like their little Toy friends, this designation is nothing more than a marketing ploy. 

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