Poodle Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Mary Grace Miller

Mary Grace has taught first grade for 8 years and has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and is licensed in ESL.

Poodles are very popular and cute pets. This lesson will teach you a lot of other information about poodles, including facts about their bodies, diet, and care.

What Do Poodles Look Like?

You just got back from playing at your friend's house, and they just got a brand new poodle puppy named Pete! This lesson will teach you a lot of information about Pete, so you can be a poodle expert the next time you see him!

This standard poodle is a color called apricot

Poodles are a funny-looking type, or breed, of dog because they have puffy fur that their owners often cut and style. Pete is a black poodle, but poodles can be up to ten different colors, including white and cream colored. They have long tails and their owners sometimes cut the fur into a puffy ball at the end. Their snouts are called muzzles, and they are long and pointed. Pete loves having his muzzle scratched!

How Big Are Poodles?

Poodles come in three sizes: toy, miniature, and standard. Pete is a toy poodle, and wow, he is tiny!

  • Toy poodles are the smallest and weigh about 6 to 9 pounds. They are only 10 inches tall at the shoulder.
  • Miniature poodles are the middle sized poodles, and they weigh 15 to 17 pounds. They are 10 to 15 inches tall at the shoulder.
  • Standard poodles are the largest and weigh between 45 and 70 pounds. Standard poodles are taller than 15 inches at the shoulder.

How Do Poodles Grow?

Pete and his brothers and sisters were born in a group, or litter, of 3 puppies. Poodle puppies are usually born in litters of 3-5 puppies. They are very smart and learn and play together as they grow up. Pete got adopted by your friend's family when he was about 6 months old. Toy and miniature poodles are considered to be adult dogs when they are 1 year old, so Pete is almost an adult since he is 9 months old now! However, standard poodles are not considered to be adults until they are 2 years old. Did you know that poodles can live to be 12 to 15 years old?

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