Poodles live an average of 11 to 12 years, but depending on size and specific breed, they can live up to 17 years, according to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals International. Smaller breeds typically have longer lifespans.
Standard poodles have the shortest lifespan of the poodle breeds, and they are also the largest. The smallest and longest lived is the toy poodle. Poodles are a relatively hypo-allergenic breed, according to the SPCAI, and get along well with children over the age of five. They are also a good choice for smaller homes, such as apartments, when they have access to ample exercise.