As far as medium-sized dog breeds go, these are the best. 

Working dogs like this don't perform well with inexperienced owners because of the commitment they demand. 

Their eagerness to please belies their tremendous energy, and 

they thrive when given a task, be it real (like herding sheep) or imagined (like agility training)! 

In order to burn off energy, these puppies require physical exercise on a daily basis, such as lengthy walks, jogs, or treks. 

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At 40–70 pounds, standard poodles reach a height of more than 15 inches. 

Although no dog and child should ever be left unattended, these dogs are very loving with their family and are generally wonderful with kids. 

Like other dogs, poodles are amiable around new people, but they do still have a protective side. 

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