Busting the Myths: 7 Hilarious Misconceptions About Poodles

Poodles have a reputation for being high maintenance, stuck-up, suitable only for wealthy socialites, and many more. Myth-busting time! Get ready to laugh as we debunk the 7 most hilarious misconceptions about poodles.

Myth #1: Poodles are high maintenance and require daily grooming.

Trust us, your poodle (and your wallet) will thank you for not subjecting them to daily blowouts and styling sessions!

While it's true that poodles have a lot of hair and do need regular grooming to keep it healthy and looking its best, they are not necessarily more high maintenance than other breeds. In fact, poodles are often said to have "wash and wear" coats, as they don't have an undercoat and don't shed much. 

With a little grooming know-how, you can transform your poodle into a top model. Want a shorter "puppy cut"? No problem. Prefer a longer, show-stopping style? Sure thing. But if DIY grooming isn't your thing, don't worry! Just hire a professional to make your poodle's look fabulous.

white poodle

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Myth #2: Poodles are snotty and stuck-up.

Don't be fooled by their fancy haircuts – poodles are much more than just a pretty face! Like any breed, individual poodles can have different personalities, and many are friendly and outgoing. Poodles are known for their intelligence and and are highly trainable and can learn a wide variety of tricks. 

While it's true that some poodles may have a bit of an attitude, most are friendly and outgoing. And really, who could blame them? With their intelligence, good looks, and impressive athleticism, poodles have a lot to be proud of.

Myth #3: Poodles are only suitable for wealthy people.

This is not true at all. Poodles can make great pets for anyone, regardless of their income or social status. 

Silver poodle

Photo by: @polina.poodles

In fact, poodles have been popular working dogs for centuries, and have been used as hunting dogs and truffle hunters. They haven't lost their skills over the years. So don't let your bank account hold you back – any poodle would be happy to have you as their devoted owner.

Myth #4: Poodles are not good with children.

Poodles can make great family pets and can be good with children if they are socialized and trained properly. And let's be real, what kid doesn't love a good poodle pettin'? Just make sure to teach your little ones how to be kind and gentle with all dogs, not just poodles. But don't worry, poodles are known for their patience and gentle nature, so they're often used as therapy dogs. Talk about a win-win!

Just be sure to keep an eye on your little ones – poodles are known for their problem-solving skills, and you never know what sneaky tricks they might come up with to get what they want! 😏

Poodles and kids

Photo by: @polina.poodles

Myth #5: Poodles are not suitable for apartment living.

While smaller poodles (such as toy or miniature poodles) may be a better fit for small living spaces, standard poodles can also adapt well to apartment living as long as they get enough exercise and mental stimulation. Poodles are actually quite athletic and can excel at a variety of outdoor activities, such as hiking, swimming, and playing fetch. Oooor lounging on a couch and giving judgmental looks to anyone who tries to take their spot. 

So don't let your living space discourage you from considering a poodle as a pet – they can thrive in a variety of environments as long as they get the love and attention they need.

Myth #6: Poodles are goofy.

On the contrary, poodles are known for their intelligence. In fact, according to the world-renowned psychologist Dr. Stanley Coren, they're the second most intelligent breed out there. These pups are highly trainable and love showing off their impressive array of tricks. And if you're into the whole 'agility' thing, all three types of poodles are total stars in that department too.

Don't be surprised if they sometimes pretend to be clueless so they can get extra belly rubs and treats when they "accidentally" knock over a trash can or chew up a shoe. 🙃

Photo by: @polina.poodles

Myth #7: Poodles are not suitable for outdoor activities.

Looking for a workout buddy? Look no further than the poodle! These athletic pooches love nothing more than getting out and about, whether it's going for a hike, a swim, or just playing a rousing game of fetch. And with their waterproof coat, you don't have to worry about them getting all soggy. In fact, poodles are excellent swimmers, so feel free to take them for a dip or a boat ride. Just make sure to bring a towel – they'll probably want to shake off all that water when they get out!


So, in conclusion: don't believe the hype about poodles being prissy and high-maintenance. These dogs are actually super versatile, smart, and affectionate. They'll bring so much joy and love into your life. Plus, they're always up for some fun and excitement – from playing fetch to going for a swim, they'll make every day just a little bit brighter. In short, poodles are the total package. Don't miss out on the poodle love!

What are some common myths about poodles that you've heard? Are there any misconceptions about poodles that you often have to debunk? Share your thoughts and join us in busting the myths!


  • Sam

    My boy is absolutely hilarious, he’s lazy yet energetic, majestic and definitely not what most people think poodles are like! I am constantly telling people yes he is full standard poodle breed, (he looks more like a bear with his cut!) & that yes poodles really are this friendly and incredible, my boy is absolutely wonderful, such a fantastic nature, amazing with children and just a dream to be around! He is goofy though but in a I’m doing it to get attention and make sure that everyone is happy kind of way though! He seems to LOVE to make everyone laugh 🥰

  • Maria

    Thank you for this article! My standard poodle is actually crazy athletic and active, it’s the complete opposite of what most people think!

  • Anne

    I’m constantly getting the same surprised reaction from people when they hear what breed is my standard black girl with german cut. They are so surprised!

  • Lauren

    Totally Agree! They’re awesome and don’t deserve any of those lame stereotypes.

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