Why It's a Winner
Often perfect for children with allergies or asthma since they have hair instead of fur, poodles are smart, energetic, and highly trainable.
They require professional grooming every six to eight weeks, plus at-home brushing and bathing between appointments. Getting plenty of outdoor exercise keeps poodles calm when they're indoors.
Word of Caution
The poodle's popularity means that there are many out there, some with better temperaments than others. Choose carefully.
Copyright © 2001 By Kristen Finello. Reprinted with permission from the April 2001 issue of Child magazine.