Poodles are highly intelligent, non-shedding, hypoallergenic dogs that are easily trainable and can match whatever energy you need them to. This makes them great companions for seniors with lower energy as well as those who do many activities or dog sports. They can be groomed into many different styles to suit your activity level or taste. Their small size makes them more manageable than their standard sized counterparts and they are suitable for condo or apartment life. While they do enjoy walks, they don't require a big backyard.