Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The AKC Poodle Breed Standard

AKC Poodles must be held to a standard of excellence in order to qualify for competition. Luckily, the American Kennel Club has laid out, very directly, how a poodle qualifies for their competitions. Our AKC poodles for sale fall into the miniature and toy categories.

Poodle (Standard)
So, when finding a poodle breeder make sure that their poodles meet these standards. Miniatures, such as our beautiful miniature red poodles, must be between 10 and 15 inches at the highest point of the shoulder. Toys must be no more than 10 inches at the highest point of the shoulders.

Poodle (Miniature)

But, the proportion of shape also plays a key role in your poodle’s qualification. So, the length of the body, from breastbone to rump must equal the length from foot to highest point of the shoulders. So, the correct height alone does not qualify a poodle for competition, but proportion is key. You can find the entire list of qualifications here.

Poodle (Toy) 

Make sure your breeder’s sires and dams meet these qualifications. We are an apricot and red poodle breeder who takes pride in our beautiful dogs and their amazing pups—make sure your breeder does the same! Please contact us for more information on our amazing poodles by phone: 805-748-2095 or email:

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