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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 outside for any length of time.  Because of the Poodle's intelligence, they want and need to be with their people. They should be provided with activities that keeps their minds engaged. 

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

Rescued Toy Poodle

Rescued Standard Poodle

 Standard Poodles are the largest of the three varieties.  Standards are over 15 inches tall at the shoulder, usually in the range of 21-25 inches, and may weigh as much as 70 pounds.  They, too, come in all colors including parti and phantom.  Sometimes a large standard poodle may be advertised as a "Royal Standard,"  but like their little toy friends, this designation is nothing more than a marketing ploy.

Miniature Poodles are the in-between sized poodles.  Minis are over 10 inches and under 15 inches at the shoulder and weigh anywhere from 15 to 25 pounds.  They also come in all colors including parti and phantom.  Their size makes them great companions for apartment dwellers.

Rescued Miniature Poodle