Thinking about adding an adorable Poodle to your family? You probably have many questions about their temperament, care requirements, and training. Keep reading to find the answers to these questions and to discover how to recognize reputable breeders.

Things to know before adopting a Poodle

The Poodle is an intelligent, eager, and active dog. This breed was first seen in Germany as a hunting dog who was an excellent swimmer. Today, the Poodle is an athletic dog who loves to swim and play. They commonly compete in AKC events and dog shows. Poodles are affectionate and are fabulous with children. This breed is available in standard, miniature, and toy. 

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Average size

There are three sizes of Poodles, Standard, Miniature, and Toy. The average size of the standard is over 15 inches tall. The males are 60-70 pounds, and the females are 40-50 pounds. The average size of the miniature is 10-15 pounds and is 10-15 inches tall. The toy weighs between 4-6 pounds and is no more than 10 inches tall.

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The Poodle requires moderate grooming because they have a curly, low-shedding coat. If their coat is longer, it will require more frequent brushing. Most owners keep the coat short to keep it from matting. If matting does occur, the coat is usually shaved short. This breed is suitable for people with allergies because of the low shedding. 

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The Poodle needs at least 30 minutes of exercise daily. The Poodle is the perfect dog for an active family. They will enjoy walks or hikes. They also love to swim and play fetch. 

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The Poodle is intelligent, obedient, and highly active. This breed loves strangers and is incredibly playful. The Pooodle is eager to please, so they may be easier to train than most dogs. 

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Poodles are incredibly intelligent. They can become excellent service dogs if they receive proper training. However, they should be trained for less physically demanding tasks such as fetching and assisting those with hearing impairment or epilepsy. Visit the Support Dog Certification website to learn more!

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Poodles are prone to several inherited health issues: hip dysplasia, idiopathic epilepsy, sebaceous adenitis, von Willebrand’s disease, and several eye disorders. Legg-Calve-Perthes and luxating patellas are most commonly seen in Toy and Miniature Poodles. After they are grown, it is best to
have them vet-checked annually to maintain optimal health.

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It is best to give your puppy high-quality dog food. It is also not recommended to give your puppy table scraps. Dogs can snack on select human foods such as apples, carrots, cucumbers, and eggs. Contact your vet if you have any questions about how to feed your puppy. To learn more about the best food for your Poodle, check out this article at The World of Dogz.

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The Poodle requires training to prevent unwanted behaviors.  It is critical to socialize puppies from 8-16 weeks to different sights, sounds, people, and animals. They are intelligent, eager to please, and can be trained to do many things if given the proper motivation. Check out this article on Wag Walking to learn the best ways to train your puppy.

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About Playful Puppies LLC

The Best for Your Pet!

We’re a small family-based business located in New Haven, Indiana. We started raising puppies in 2016 and are passionate about doing what is best for our puppies and their parents. We’re USDA and BOAH licensed as well as a member of ICAW (Indiana Council of Animal Welfare). All of our puppies and parents are vet checked. Our vet and his staff are an essential part of our kennel. They are available to us 24/7 and provide us with the best health care possible.

Playful Puppies' Adoption Package

How We Work

Pet Adoption Process


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Find your pet

Once the deposit is made, your full name, phone number, address, and email are collected to create your receipt and sales contract stating our health guarantee.


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Know your pet

We send weekly updates and pictures of your puppy so that you can watch them grow! We wait to register your puppy until he/she is ready to go home and we know the new name of your pup!


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Take your pet home

Your puppy will be sent home with a vaccination record to show your veterinarian, a small bag of food, and a blanket to help your puppy’s transition. The remaining balance can be paid upon or before pick up. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why AKC register your dog?

Your Poodle puppy will come with an AKC puppy protection packet. You will receive an AKC Registration Certificate, and your dog’s name will be recorded in the registry. This is why we don’t register our puppies until their family claims them and we know their name. You will be eligible to participate in exciting AKC events, including agility, obedience, tracking, field trials, dog shows, junior showmanship, and many others!

The AKC packet also includes:

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What should a breeder give you?

According to the American Kennel Club, a reputable breeder should give you a contract to sign. They should also strive to produce healthy puppies. Remember to purchase from reputable breeders when searching for puppies to adopt. Otherwise, you could be funding an organization that mistreats the dogs that are bred. 


Do you have any other questions?

If you have any other questions about our adoption process or our available puppies, feel free to give us a call! We would be happy to help you find the perfect puppy for you or your family. 

Can’t find your question?

No dog is completely hypoallergenic. However, because Poodles are low shedders, they are a better choice for those who suffer from allergies.

Poodles should be groomed every 4-6 weeks. 

Most standard Poodles can live 10-18 years. 

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