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.