They are generally a healthy breed with a long life expectancy. Poodles come in three sizes and generally the smaller ones are able to live up to 18 years maximum. The three poodles are referred to as the standard poodle, the miniature poodle and the toy poodle. They are known to do well in obedience competitions and their entertaining personality will keep you smiling ear to ear. They are highly intelligent and easy to train.