The Poodle is considered to be the national breed of France, although they really originated in Germany. They are a popular and versatile breed of dog and are part of the UK Kennel Club’s Utility Breed and very easy to train. The Poodle is neither particularly destructive or manically playful like other breeds. There are three primary sizes of the Poodle – Standard, Miniature and Toy, the oldest breed of which is the Standard Poodle, and then lesser known versions, i.e. Corded Poodle. Although not at all aggressive, Standard Poodles do make rather good guard dogs. The Standard Poodle is also the most popular dog for cross breeding, e.g. with Labradors and Golden Retrievers, producing the now more common Labradoodles and Goldendoodles etc. The Cockapoo and the Spoodle are the result of crossing Miniature and Toy Poodles with Spaniels.