Personable and intelligent, the poodle is a perennial favorite the world over. In addition to a hypoallergenic coat that comes in a variety of solid colors, they also come in three sizes: Toy, Miniature, and Standard. The breed originated in Germany where they were originally employed as hunting retrievers. The Standard Poodle is the oldest of the three varieties and all have utilitarian histories despite their status today as urbane companions. Although adaptable to a wide array of living situations, they are an active breed that requires regular exercise and lots of social interaction. They do very well in canine sporting events such as obedience and agility. There profuse, curly coat will need regular professional grooming to keep your Poodle looking and feeling their best.