The Three Varieties of the Poodle Breed

CSPC Specialty Best of Variety winners competing for Best of Breed
CSPC Specialty Best of Breed judging line up of the 3 Best of Variety winners — standard, miniature & toy

The American Kennel Club recognizes three varieties of poodle for conformation competition:

  •  Toy Poodle defined as 10 inches and under in height at the shoulder
  •  Miniature Poodle  Over 10 inches up to 15 inches at the shoulder
  •  Standard Poodle   Over 15 inches at the shoulder    [generally 20 inches to 28 inches]

Any AKC registered, “able-bodied” poodle may compete in the AKC performance events — Agility, Obedience, Rally, Tracking, etc. regardless of size, color or clip.