Poodle Medium

The Medium Poodle is the second-largest variety of the Poodle family. Like the other Poodle breeds, the Medium variety makes an excellent family pet. They love having an active lifestyle and when they aren’t playing or roaming around, they will most likely be glued to their owner’s lap.

These dogs are very intelligent and that shouldn’t come as a huge surprise because Poodles, in general, are extremely smart and witty. The American Kennel Club does not recognize this size variety and places these dogs in the two other varieties - Standard and Miniature.

Poodle Medium Height


14–18 in (35–45 cm)

Poodle Medium Weight


22-35 lb (10-16 kg)

Poodle Medium Origin



Poodle Medium Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy:

10-18 years

Dog Breed Characteristics

Energy Level
Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Kid Friendly
Dog Friendly
General Health

The Medium variety of the Poodle breed shares its characteristics with the other three Poodles. Their nose can be black or brown, depending on the color of their coat. They have rather long ears that fall flat next to their cheeks. These dogs should have almond-shaped eyes that can be black, amber, or a dark shade of brown, also, depending on their coat color. These dogs can come in a variety of colors and one of the most popular Poodle colors is black. A Medium Poodle should be a well-balanced and well-muscled dog that is very agile and fast. These characteristics make these dogs great at agility.

Poodle Medium standards


  • Group 9 Companion and Toy dogs. Section 2 Poodle. Without working trial.
  • height - males 14-18 in (35-45 cm) both
  • date of acceptance - 1/1/1955


AKC doesn’t recognize the Medium Poodle.

Medium Poodle temperament

This variety of the Poodle breed has a lively and active temperament. These dogs love being in the center of attention of the whole family and will do anything to achieve that goal. They will most likely try to make you laugh and don’t be surprised if these dogs try and outwit you. The Medium Poodles hate being left alone for too long and they can suffer from separation anxiety.

These dogs make great family pets that are intelligent and great playing partners for children. This variety is the best for families with kids because they are not too small so a child can hurt them easily, and not too big to accidentally hurt a child while playing. They love spending time with kids and other dogs.

Medium Poodle training and socialization

The Medium Poodle is considered as highly trainable. They are intelligent and eager to please their owners, and those two traits combined make for a dog that can learn quickly. Make sure your training sessions are not too long and keep them interesting. Use only positive training methods and reward your dog’s good behavior instead of punishing their bad behavior.

When socializing a Medium Poodle, make sure you expose them to different people and dogs. An ideal place for that would be a busy dog park where both you and your dog can interact with a lot of people and dogs. Make sure it is a positive experience for your dog and that way you will make sure that your puppy develops into a stable and well-behaved dog.


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