Poodle Temperament and Personality

Are you thinking of getting a Poodle and wondering if a Poodle is a perfect fit for you and your family? Let’s help you decide!  Before bringing a Poodle into your family home, you should have a good understanding of their temperament and personality. You should also check out the history of the Poodle Breed […]
Poodle Puppy
Poodle Puppy

Are you thinking of getting a Poodle and wondering if a Poodle is a perfect fit for you and your family? Let’s help you decide! 

Before bringing a Poodle into your family home, you should have a good understanding of their temperament and personality. You should also check out the history of the Poodle Breed here.

Temperament and Personality

The character of a Poodle is alert, intelligent, loyal, active and trainable. Poodles are smart dogs they need adequate mental stimulation. Poodles need to be trained to a high level, and they thrive from their owners leadership. They are loyal dogs but can often be shy around strangers. Poodles aren’t naturally aggressive, and they bond quickly with there owners.

Poodle size

There are three different sizes of the Poodle breed, Standard Poodle, Miniature Poodle, and Toy Poodle.

Each different size of Poodle has a very slightly different personality. 

  • Standard Poodle – Have plenty of energy at times and somewhat a little chilled.
  • Miniature Poodle – Active with lots of energy, chilled and mischievous at times
  • Toy Poodle – Can be very mischievous, along with the energy like the Miniature Poodle.

You need to show all three sizes, who is in control, by using a firm but not in an aggressive manner. Poodles are extremely sensitive, and this will only damage them if you shout or use any force. The firm but fair approach is best, and they will pay more attention and learn from you when you display this type of training towards them. Poodles are so intelligent they can pick up any mood from their owners they feel somewhat sad when you are and can show happiness when you are. It is essential to have a Poodle in a stable and happy family atmosphere.

Poodles and Children

Poodles make perfect pets if you have young children, they are gentle, active, and not aggressive. However, all dogs should be supervised with young children. The standard Poodle and Miniature would be the best size fit for smaller children due to the Toys being so tiny could potentially be dangerous for them.

Poodles are demanding

Poodles demand plenty of exercise, love and their owners one on one time. If you have a busy life, a Poodle isn’t for you. Poodles aren’t keen on being left alone for long periods; they can become destructive and anxious.

They are the princesses and princes of the dog world.

Working Poodles

Poodles intelligence to read peoples emotions gives them an advantage over other dogs in the use of human therapy, the breed is perfect for visiting schools, hospitals and nursing homes. Being extremely friendly and loving, that’s if they can overcome their shyness.

Do Poodles get along with other household pets?

Poodles can integrate with other pets within a household with no problems, they may seem shy at first but then become best friends and thrive in large and active homes. However, many factors potentially can cause it not to work. It can depend on the other animals in the household or how they have been integrated at the beginning. Try researching the integration of animals if you can as this can help no end to get a better understanding of doing it the right way.

Mental and phsyical stimuation

Since they are so intelligent, you must provide your Poodle with a variety of challenging toys and activities to do. A bored Poodle can be moody, sad and destructive. A standard size Poodle needs a walk once a day for an hour or two thirty-minute walks a day. The smaller Miniature and Toy sizes only need Thirty minutes a day, or you can split it into two fifteen minutes a day if you’d prefer.


Since Poodles love and thrive of their owners commands they don’t need much encouragement other than simple commands, they don’t do something just for a treat, they like to please their owners more so than receiving a food treat or two. Compared to most dog breeds, a treat can be more potent than their owner’s praise. If training is completed correctly, you won’t have any problems training a Poodle.

A Poodle is as good as its owner.


Poodles love tricks and commands, so don’t be shy not to try them out, I guarantee you will be pleasantly surprised at how quickly they will pick up a trick. Poodles love to learn.

Toilet training a Poodle

Even tho they are highly intelligent a Poodle likes to mark their territory, so it’s essential for you to when you first get your Poodle Puppy to focus on toilet training. Once done correctly and patiently, they will never let you down and poop in places they shouldn’t.

Poodles Temperament outside

Since the Poodle breed comes from a retriever background, whilst on there daily walks be careful. They are highly alert and can potentially disappear chasing birds, and any other small animals, it’s vital for you to target obedience training which will keep them calm whilst out in the open.


What do you think of the Poodle breed? I hope I have given you enough insight into the breed and now you have a better understanding of there temperament and personality, will they fit your family home? If you’re lucky enough to welcome a Poodle in your home, you will get a forever loyal and intelligent best friend. 

About the Author

Teresa loves animals and travelling around the UK! She currently has two dogs and two cats. She loves caring for and sharing her knowledge of pets. Qualified Dog Groomer and currently studying Canine Behaviour. She has been part of the Dog Friendly Team since 2016



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