How Are Poodles as Pets?

Categorized as Poodle Behavior, Poodle Breed Information, Poodle FAQs

If you don’t have a Poodle, chances are you know someone who does! Poodles are one of the most popular dog breeds in the US and for some great reasons:

With that being said, no dog breed is perfect, each has their own set of pros and cons. So, here are the cons of the poodle breed:

  • They require a lot of grooming
  • Require monthly haircuts
  • They are highly emotionally sensitive
  • Need a lot of physical and mental simulation
  • Have a high cost of ownership

With so many wonderful poodle characteristics, you might be wondering if a poodle is a right addition to your family.

The answer is yes! There are many reasons why poodles are great family pets, and we’ll go over just some of these in this article.

What Is a Poodle’s Temperament Like?

Woman Playing With a Poodle
Woman Playing With a Poodle

Poodles are known for their silly, fun-loving personalities. They’re more than just a pretty face, though—they have a reputation for being one of the most intelligent dog breeds out there!

Poodles are a highly intelligent and active breed of dog, who are loyal to their families. They can learn commands and tricks very quickly and are often described as being alert, intelligent, loyal, trainable, and instinctual.

They’re also very social and energetic, so you’ll need to make sure they get enough exercise. If you don’t want to take your pooch on long walks or run through the park every day, maybe it would be better to adopt another type of dog with lower energy requirements.

Poodles are often described as “Velcro dogs” because they love being near their owners. They are incredibly loyal and will follow you around wherever you go. They like being petted, but they also love to play games with their owners. You can often see them playing fetch or tug-of-war with their owners.

Can Poodles Be Left Alone?

While poodles can be left alone for short periods of time, they are not able to be left alone for long periods of time. Poodles are known for their dependence on human companionship, and they can develop severe separation anxiety if left alone for long periods of time.

Separation anxiety is a common problem for many dogs, especially poodles. This type of anxiety is also known as “separation-induced stress.” It occurs when your dog becomes anxious or worried when you leave him alone, and the symptoms can be quite severe.

An anxious poodle waiting for their owner to return
An anxious poodle waiting for their owner to return

Symptoms of Separation Anxiety in Poodles

Some dogs show signs of separation anxiety that are mild and manageable, while others suffer from more severe symptoms that can be harmful to themselves or their families. Some common symptoms include:

– Destructive behavior, such as chewing on furniture or tearing up carpeting

– Excessive barking, whining or crying when left alone

– Urinating or defecating in the house while you’re away (this is called “elimination” in dogs)

If your dog shows any of these signs, he may have separation anxiety.

I have covered how to manage separation anxiety in poodles as well as how you can train them to stay alone in this article, check it out: Poodle Separation Anxiety: Can Poodles Be Left Alone?

Are Poodles a High-Maintenance Breed?

If you’re considering adopting a poodle, it’s important to know what you’re getting into. 

Poodles are high-maintenance dogs. They require lots of grooming and regular trips to the groomer. They also need plenty of exercises and mental stimulation, so they can keep their minds busy.

Poodles are smart and energetic dogs that need a lot of attention and exercise. If you don’t want to be spending all your time taking care of your dog, consider another breed instead.

Poodles can live up to 15 years, so before you adopt one, it is important to consider whether or not your lifestyle will allow for this type of commitment.

Are Poodles Intelligent?

A Miniature Poodle playing chess against a pomeranian - Unclear who's winning
A Miniature Poodle playing chess against a Pomeranian – Unclear who’s winning

The short answer is: yes!

Poodles are very intelligent dogs and can be trained to do just about anything you’d like them to. They’re also very playful and energetic, which means they need a lot of mental stimulation in order to stay happy.

Poodles are smart and can learn quickly, but they don’t always retain information as easily as other breeds of dogs.

They need repetition and positive reinforcement in order to learn something new. This makes them a great option for training as long as you are willing to put in the extra work required at first.

They are also very devoted to their owners, so they require lots of attention and exercise every day. If you have time for this kind of commitment (and patience!), then a poodle might be right for you!

If you’re looking for a dog who will stay alert and focused on the task at hand—whether that’s agility training, or just learning how to sit when they hear “sit”—a poodle is a great choice.

Are Poodles Loyal?

Yes, they are! Poodles are known for their loyalty and their ability to form strong bonds with their humans. They’re also great at being protective of those they care about, which means that if you see someone or something that looks like it might harm your pooch, you can rest easy knowing that your dog will protect you.

But what exactly makes them so loyal? 

Well, it’s probably a combination of things. First of all, poodles are very intelligent animals who learn quickly and are easily trained—making them excellent companions for any family. 

Second of all, they’re known for having a soft spot for children—which means if you have kids and want an animal companion who will love them as much as they do, then a poodle is a perfect choice!

Are Poodles Good Guard Dogs?

A white miniature poodle guarding their property
A white miniature poodle guarding their property

Guard dogs are often used to help keep your home and family safe. They can be trained to alert you when there is someone in your yard or approaching your house, and they can also help protect against intruders. Some guard dogs are trained to attack command, while others just act as deterrents.

There are many different breeds of dogs that make great guard dogs, including German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Pit Bulls, and Dobermans. However, poodles are not the best option when it comes to picking a guard dog.

Poodles are known for being gentle and loving with children—and humans in general—which makes them good choices for families with young children. 

However, they do not have a naturally aggressive disposition towards strangers or other animals; they rely on their owners’ commands to respond. This makes them a great option if you want a companion dog who will be friendly with visitors but if you’re looking for a guard dog, you should look at other breeds.

Do Poodles Bark a Lot?

The answer is yes, poodles tend to bark a lot. This is because they are excellent watchdogs. They can be trained not to bark as much, but it takes time and patience.

If you’re looking for a dog that doesn’t bark too much, then a poodle might not be the right dog for you.

However, if you’re looking for a dog that will alert you when someone comes to your door and will protect your home, then poodles are the perfect breed!

Poodles can also pick up bad habits such as barking when guests come over, so it’s important for owners to train their dogs not to do this by rewarding them with treats when they don’t bark or acting negatively towards them when they do so (such as giving them a time-out).

Each poodle is their own individual so don’t be surprised if yours doesn’t bark at all or barks all the time!

Are Poodles Dangerous?

‘I think the term “dangerous breed” is used too loosely. In my opinion, a dangerous breed is one that tends to bite or attack people and other animals have a tendency towards aggression and is known to be snappy or inherently aggressive.

Poodles are none of those things! In fact, poodles are known for being friendly, happy dogs who love their owners and get along with everyone they meet. If you’ve ever seen an aggressive poodle, it might just be a one-off—most poodles are gentle and loving dogs who would never hurt anyone or anything.

So, it’s safe to say poodles are not a dangerous breed.

However, if they’re not trained and socialized well as puppies (or if they haven’t been trained at all), it’s possible for them to develop bad behaviors, like biting or becoming snappy when you try to take something from them or when they don’t want you near them because they’re eating or sleeping. This can happen even if the dog has never shown aggression before!

Are Poodles Friendly?

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Yes, poodles are friendly dogs that make great companions for families and children.

They are sweet, loving animals that are not inherently aggressive. However, they do require training and socialization just like any other dog.

Poodles can be trained to follow basic commands such as sit, stay, come, and lay down. They can also learn to fetch a ball or stick as a retriever dog would.

Poodles are very intelligent so they can be taught to perform tricks such as spinning in circles or jumping through hoops just like circus performers do!

Do Poodles Need a Lot of Exercises?

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No. Poodles are very active dogs, but they don’t need to be exercised for hours every day. They do need some daily exercise, though—at least 40 minutes or so per day, and it’s best if you can give them more. You should also take your poodle on long walks every day and let them run around in a backyard or dog park as often as possible.

Poodles are extremely intelligent dogs that can get bored easily if they don’t have enough mental stimulation. If you want to keep your dog from getting bored, you’ll have to make sure that it has plenty of interesting activities throughout the day.

Do Poodles Need a Lot of Grooming?

White poodle getting their hair dried with a hairdryer
White poodle getting their hair dried with a hairdryer

Poodles do require regular grooming. This means you’ll need to brush their coat regularly to keep them from matting or tangling. You will also have to take your poodle to a groomer for a haircut every month or so.

Poodles are known for their curly coats and long hair, but they don’t always need as much grooming as you might think! It’s important to remember that you shouldn’t get your poodle shaved — instead, poodles should be trimmed regularly so that they won’t get too matted or tangled.

If you want to keep your poodle’s coat looking its best, it’s important that you brush it at least 1-3 times a week and wash it every couple of months (more frequently if they get into mud or water).

If your pooch has long hair as mine does, then I definitely recommend getting them trimmed professionally every 4-6 weeks because otherwise, they’ll start getting really matted down at the ends.

Poodles are prone to ear infections. Their ears tend to be a bit floppy, and poodles don’t have an undercoat, so they’re more likely than other dogs to get debris in their ears. This can lead to infection and other problems, so you’ll need to check their ears from time to time to make sure they’re clean.

Additionally, like any other dog, you should clean your dog’s ears regularly—once a month or so is usually enough. Use a gentle ear cleaner made for dogs and just wipe them down with cotton balls or gauze pads.

How Are Poodles With Kids?

Poodles are perfect for kids. They are fun and playful, but also very smart and easy to train.

These dogs will happily follow your child around the house, playing games and running around with them. They’re also great at keeping your children safe. 

If you have a poodle who’s trained to guard the home, he’ll be able to let you know if someone is approaching the house—and if there’s a stranger in your yard, he’ll bark and make sure everyone knows what’s going on!

If you’re looking for a dog that can give your kids a sense of security while they play outside or run around the house, look no further than a poodle.

How Are Poodles With Seniors?

Senior Woman with an Old Black Poodle Dog
Senior Woman with an Old Black Poodle Dog

Poodles are a great choice for senior citizens.

Poodles are available in small sizes, so they won’t take up much space, and they have a lot of energy to keep you both moving.

They’re also extremely loyal and affectionate, which makes them a great companion for those who may not be able to go out as much because of health problems.

One thing to keep in mind is that they need exercise! Poodles were bred as retrievers, so they love to run around and give you balls to throw (or sticks or whatever else you can find).

This can be problematic if the elderly owner doesn’t have access to outside space where they can give their poodle the exercise it needs. Check with the breeder before adopting one if there are any concerns about this!

Also, does the elderly person have a health condition that would prevent them from walking their poodle or playing with them?

Another thing to keep in mind is that poodles need a lot of grooming. They have high maintenance coats that require regular brushing and weekly baths. This can be difficult for an elderly person to do on their own, so they may need help from someone else or they may need to take their dog to a professional groomer more often than usual.

Are Poodles a Healthy Dog Breed?

Poodles are one of the healthiest breeds available. However, they are prone to a few diseases that are specific to their breed. They’re also not immune to all diseases, either—they’re still dogs!

So if you have a poodle, you should take care of it like you would any other dog: make sure they get regular vet visits, brush them regularly (both their fur and their teeth), and feed them quality food that meets their nutritional needs.

Poodles are prone to many of the same diseases that afflict other dogs, but there are a few that they seem to get more often than others. Here are some of the most common diseases poodles suffer from:

Fortunately, simple things like regular vet visits, a healthy diet, and exercise can reduce the risk of illness in poodles.

In general, poodles tend to live longer than other breeds of dogs—usually around 12-15 years. But again, this varies depending on the individual dog. If you’re looking for a long-lived pet, you should get a poodle!

Are Poodles Aggressive?

Poodles are not aggressive dogs by nature. But this does not mean that they are not capable of displaying aggression. Even though a poodle is unlikely to bite you or other people, they can still fight with other dogs, especially if they are in a bad mood or feel threatened.

Poodles are highly intelligent dogs and have a strong sense of self-preservation. They will only attack when they feel that they need to defend themselves or their family members against an attacker.

In fact, poodles are known for being extremely social and friendly with other dogs and humans alike. They love playing with other dogs and even cats if they’re trained properly. So if you’re wondering whether or not your poodle will be aggressive towards other animals or even humans, don’t worry!

Are Poodles Hyperactive?

We’ve all heard the stereotype: Poodles are hyperactive, and that’s why they’re so irresistibly cute. But is it true?

It’s important to remember that dogs get their energy from their environment, just like humans do. If you have an energetic dog who isn’t getting enough mental or physical stimulation, they’ll naturally be more likely to act hyperactive than if they were just lying around your house all day.

Poodles are full of energy, and need something to spend that energy on! If you don’t give your poodle a job, they may find ways to entertain themselves that aren’t very fun for anyone else (like chewing up your favorite shoes).

Are Poodles Clingy?

Poodles can develop a strong bond with their owner and once they do there’s a chance they’ll follow them wherever they go. However, not all poodles are the same. Some are a bit too attached while others tend to be more independent.

The amount of clinginess depends on their personality and how much attention they get from their owners.

Poodles who have been neglected in the past may become anxious when left alone or if there is no one around to take care of them. They may also feel insecure which makes them clingy and dependent on others for support. 

The way to deal with a clingy poodle is to give them more attention. They need love and affection just like any other pet. If you have time, try playing with your poodle every day for at least 20 minutes or so. This will keep them entertained and happy while also relieving some of the stress they may be feeling.


In summary, poodles make excellent pets for families and people who have the time to devote to them.

They are highly trainable, have great personalities, and love children.

If you’re looking for a dog that can be trained to do tricks and competitions and will fit into your busy family lifestyle, the poodle is a great choice!

By Nancy Williams

Hi! My name is Nancy Williams, and I'm a poodle owner. I started PoodleGo because I was tired of not being able to find high-quality information about how to care for my poodle. I wanted to help others who were also frustrated with the lack of good poodle information on the internet. I spend every spare moment reading about poodles, talking to other poodle owners, and learning more about best practices for caring for my dog. I love seeing a healthy, well-groomed, happy poodle—and hope that my site will help you get there!

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