A Poodle is Better than a Xoloitzcuintli. Here are the Reasons Why

Poodle versus Xoloitzcuintli: Introduction

Are you thinking of getting a new pet dog, and you have narrowed down your choices to the Poodle and the Xoloitzcuintli? Well, you have come to the right place. In this article, we will provide you a detailed comparison between these two breeds to help you decide which of the Poodle and the Xoloitzcuintli better suits your personality and lifestyle.

Note that there are 3 types of Poodles:

  • The Standard Poodle
  • The Miniature Poodle
  • The Toy Poodle
  • However, these 3 poodle `types` are basically the same. The only difference between them is size. Standard Poodles are big, toy poodles are small, and miniature poodles are medium-sized.

    Read more about the subtle differences between the standard poodle vs. miniature poodle here and the toy poodle versus miniature poodle here.

    We will provide you a detailed comparison of dog attributes such as intelligence, price, general health, friendliness, etc, for both the Poodle and Xoloitzcuintli.

    We compared which one of the Poodle and Xoloitzcuintli is better suited for new owners, for owners with kids, for owners that live in apartments, for owners with dog allergies, etc.

    Importantly, we also crunched the numbers to obtain what we call the Better-Pet Score for both the Poodle and for the Xoloitzcuintli. The dog breed with the higher Better-Pet score is the `better` pet. We hope these Better-Pet Scores will provide you more insight into deciding which pet to get between a Poodle and a Xoloitzcuintli.

    Our goal is to help you make a well-thought-out decision on your next long-term sweet companion!

    Poodle versus Xoloitzcuintli Overview: Comparison Table

    The table below compares the Poodle to the Xoloitzcuintli based on different important factors such as Price, Health, Kid-friendliness, etc.

    When a dog breed scores higher for a factor than the other dog breed, the box of the breed that scores higher is shaded green. Also, the box of the breed that scores lower is shaded red. When there is no difference between the breeds for a particular factor or when the factor is not that important in picking a pet, or when the factor is not comparable between two pets, then the box is shaded gray for both pets.

    Most of the factors in the table for each dog breed are ranked on a scale of 1 to 5. However, some factors such as “Price”, “Average Lifespan” cannot be on a scale of 1 to 5, so they are not on a scale of 1 to 5 in the comparison table.

    Factor Poodle Xoloitzcuintli
    Tolerates Being Alone 1/5 1/5
    Non Shedding 5/5 5/5
    Non Drooling 5/5 5/5
    Easy To Groom 1/5 5/5
    General Health 2/5 5/5
    Lack of Prey Drive 4/5 1/5
    Does NOT Bark or Howl 4/5 1/5
    Tolerates Cold Weather 3/5 3/5
    Tendency NOT to Wander 3/5 1/5
    Calmness 3/5 3/5
    Insensitive 2/5 1/5
    Tolerates Hot Weather 4/5 3/5
    Dog Friendly 4/5 2/5
    Friendly Toward Strangers 4/5 1/5
    Potential NOT to Gain Weight 2/5 3/5
    Does NOT chew on things 2/5 3/5
    NOT Rambunctious 2/5 3/5
    Minimal Exercise Needs 2/5 3/5
    Adapts Well To Apartment Living 5/5 5/5
    Good For Novice Owners 5/5 1/5
    Affectionate With Family 5/5 5/5
    Kid-Friendly 5/5 3/5
    Easy To Train 5/5 3/5
    Intelligence 5/5 5/5
    Potential For Playfulness 5/5 3/5
    Weight
  • Standard Poodle: 38 to 70 pounds
  • Miniature Poodle: 10 and 20 pounds
  • Toy Poodle: 4.8 to 11.6 pounds
  • 10 to 50 pounds
    Height
  • Standard Poodle: 24 to 27 inches
  • Miniature Poodle: 10 to 15 inches
  • Toy Poodle: less than 10 inches
  • 1 foot, 6 inches to 1 foot, 11 inches tall at the
    Average Lifespan 13.5 years 17.0 years
    Average Price
  • Standard Poodle: $1400 – $2500
  • Miniature Poodle: $1562 – $3000
  • Toy Poodle: $1900 – $3500
  • $500 – $2000
    Common Health Problems and Recommended Health Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) DNA Test
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Cardiac Evaluation
  • Eye Examination by a boarded ACVO Opthalmologist
  • OFA Hip Evaluation
  • Popularity out of 200 Dog Breeds 7 138

    Data from dogtime.com, OFA.org, petcalculator.com, wikipedia.org

    Next, we added all the add-able scores for the Poodle in the table (that is, `Ease of Grooming` score + `General Health` score + `Calmness` score + …etc) and we compared it to the corresponding total score for the Xoloitzcuintli. We call these total scores the Better-Pet Scores, as we mentioned earlier. This score is called the Better-Pet score because the better dog breed will have a higher score.

    The Better-Pet score for a Poodle is 88.0 while the Better-Pet score for a Xoloitzcuintli is 74.0.

    Based on their Better-Pet scores, the Poodle is a better pet than the Xoloitzcuintli. So, you should get a Poodle!

    Furthemore, there are other dog breeds that are very similar to the Xoloitzcuintli that you can consider on your quest to get the best pet.

    We crunched the numbers and found that the following dog breeds have similar personality and temperament as the Xoloitzcuintli:

  • Karelian Bear Dog (70 percent match with Xoloitzcuintli). Here is our comparison of the Poodle vs Karelian Bear Dog.
  • Lhasapoo (71 percent match with Xoloitzcuintli). Here is our comparison of the Poodle vs Lhasapoo.
  • The Most Remarkable Differences Between a Poodle and a Xoloitzcuintli

    Below is a list of where the Poodle and the Xoloitzcuintli are most different:

  • Poodles require a lot of grooming and are not very easy to groom. However, Xoloitzcuintlis are very easy to groom.
  • Poodles have the tendency to develop certain health problems. However, Xoloitzcuintlis are very healthy. They do not suffer from a lot of health problems compared to other dog breeds
  • Poodles have a very low prey drive. This means they get along well with other pets. However, Xoloitzcuintlis have a high prey drive. They do not get along well with other pets.
  • Poodles are not very vocal. They have very low tendency to bark and howl. However, Xoloitzcuintlis are highly vocal. They have the tendency to bark and howl.
  • Poodles not very friendly towards strangers. However, Xoloitzcuintlis are not very friendly towards strangers.
  • Poodles are good for new dog owners. However, Xoloitzcuintlis are not the best dogs for new dog owners.
  • The Similarities Between a Poodle and a Xoloitzcuintli

    The Poodle and the Xoloitzcuintli are very similar in certain aspects. Below is the list of where the Poodle and Xoloitzcuintli are most similar:

  • Both the Poodle and the Xoloitzcuintli do not like to be left alone.
  • Both the Poodle and the Xoloitzcuintli do not shed a lot. They are good for people with dog allergies
  • Both the Poodle and the Xoloitzcuintli do not have the tendency to drool.
  • Both the Poodle and the Xoloitzcuintli are easily disturbed by noise in their environments. They are sensitive to human tone. They will understand the tone of your voice when you try to correct their behaviors with a firm tone.
  • Both the Poodle and the Xoloitzcuintli can tolerate hot weather.
  • Both the Poodle and the Xoloitzcuintli gain weight easily. You need to pay careful attention to what you feed them.
  • Both the Poodle and the Xoloitzcuintli are prone to nip and chew at things.
  • Both the Poodle and the Xoloitzcuintli have very high energy levels. They need a lot of exercise time to release their high energy.
  • Both the Poodle and the Xoloitzcuintli require a lot of exercise. They are good for owners who like to exercise.
  • Both the Poodle and the Xoloitzcuintli adapt well to apartment living.
  • Both the Poodle and the Xoloitzcuintli are great family dogs. They are very affectionate with family.
  • Both the Poodle and the Xoloitzcuintli are highly intelligent.
  • Size (Weight and Height) of Poodle versus Xoloitzcuintli

    Now, let us discuss the difference in size between the Poodle and the Xoloitzcuintli.

    Poodles come in three main size categories. These three size categories are referred to as the three varieties of the poodle. Poodles of different varieties are basically the same except for their size differences. The poodle varieties based on size categorization are:

  • Standard Poodles: Standard Poodles are the biggest of the poodle varieties. Adult Standard Poodles are 24 inches to 27 inches tall and weigh between 38 pounds and 70 pounds. To learn more about Standard Poodle Growth, Weight, and Height, check out our article on Standard Poodle growth, weight and height.
  • Miniature Poodles: Miniature Poodles are mid-sized poodles. An adult miniature poodle grows to weigh between 10 and 20 pounds (4.5 kg to 9 kg) and stands between 10 to 15 inches tall (25.4 cm to 38.1 cm). To learn more about Miniature Poodle Growth, Weight and Height, check out our article on Miniature Poodle growth, weight and height.
  • Toy Poodles: The Toy Poodle is the smallest official member of the poodle club. Although there is a smaller poodle variety that is smaller than the toy poodle. This tiny poodle variety is called the micro/teacup poodle. However, this micro/teacup poodle size category is not recognized by the official poodle association, The Poodle Club of America. Adult toy poodles are no more than ten inches tall withers. In weight, a toy poodle will grow to be about 4.8 to 11.6 pounds in weight. To learn more about Toy Poodle Growth, Weight and Height, check out our article on Toy Poodle growth, weight and height.
  • There is another variety of poodle that is not recognized in the USA but is recognized in Europe. This poodle size variety is called the Moyen Poodle. In size, the Moyen Poodle is smaller than the Standard poodle but bigger than the miniature poodle.

    See below the figure that compares the different poodle sizes:

    Poodle Sizes

    On the other hand, Xoloitzcuintlis weigh 10 to 50 pounds when fully grown. Xoloitzcuintlis are 1 foot, 6 inches to 1 foot, 11 inches tall at the when fully grown.

    The Popularity of Poodle versus Popularity of Xoloitzcuintli

    Every year, the American Kennel Club (AKC) publishes information on how popular a dog breed is in that particular year. The AKC gets the popularity information of a breed from its record on how many dogs of that breed the owners register with the AKC. The AKC collects this data for about 200 dog breeds. The AKC collects this data for purebred dogs only(no mixed or designer dogs).

    The graphs below show the popularity of the Poodle and the Xoloitzcuintli over the years.

    Based on the AKC popularity data over the years, the Poodle is more popular with dog owners than the Xoloitzcuintli. This is because, over the years, the average popularity of the Poodle is 7 out of about 200 dog breeds while the average popularity of the Xoloitzcuintli is 138 out of about 200 dog breeds.

    Popularity of Poodle

    Popularity of Poodle

    Popularity of Xoloitzcuintli

    Popularity of Xoloitzcuintli

    Price of Poodle versus Price of Xoloitzcuintli

    The charts below show the price distribution for the Poodle and Xoloitzcuintli. For different price points, the charts show how many Poodle puppies or how many Xoloitzcuintli puppies are listed for sale at those price points.

    The Price breakdown of Poodle. The typical price range is shaded Green.

    The Price breakdown of Poodle. The typical price range is shaded Green.

    The Price breakdown of Xoloitzcuintli

    The Price breakdown of Xoloitzcuintli

    The price of a Standard Poodle typically ranges from $1400 – $2500. We obtained this price range by review the prices of 2527 Standard Poodle puppies listed for sale from various sources.
    The price of a Miniature Poodle typically ranges from $1562 – $3000. We obtained this price range by review the prices of 703 Miniature Poodle puppies listed for sale from various sources.
    The price of a Toy Poodle typically ranges from $1900 – $3500. We obtained this price range by review the prices of 874 Toy Poodle puppies listed for sale from various sources.

    To know about standard poodle prices and standard poodle buying advice, check out our article on standard poodle cost.

    To know about miniature poodle prices, check out this article on miniature poodle price.

    To learn more about toy poodle price and for toy poodle buying advice, check out this article on toy poodle price.

    The price of a Xoloitzcuintli typically ranges from $500 – $2000. We obtained this price information by collecting and reviewing the prices of 13 Xoloitzcuintli puppies listed for sale from various sources.

    Poodle Xoloitzcuintli
    Average Price $2271 $1640
    Price Range $1500 to $2750 $500 to $2000

    Health Problems of Poodle versus Health Problems of Xoloitzcuintli

    Every dog breed has its own set of health problems that it has a tendency to develop. Therefore, there is nothing like a perfect puppy.

    Both Poodle and Xoloitzcuintli are prone to certain genetic health conditions. The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) is the organization that keeps track of health problems in dogs. Based on the extensive records that the OFA keeps, the OFA knows what health problems each dog breed is naturally prone to develop. Hence, the OFA recommends which health screening that breeders should perform on a dog breed to make sure that the breeders won`t breed `defective` dog parents that can pass down defective genes to their puppy offspring.

    The more health problems a dog breed is prone to develop, the more health tests the OFA will recommend for that dog breed.

    Based on our review of OFA records, we found that the Xoloitzcuintli is prone to the same number of genetic health problems as the Poodle.

    4 health tests are recommended for Poodle while 4 tests are recommended for the Xoloitzcuintli.

    Below is a detailed discussion of health problems in Poodles and in Xoloitzcuintli.

    Poodle Health Problems

    Poodles are genetically prone to certain health problems.

    The OFA provides breeders recommendations on which diseases breeders should screen their dog parents and puppies for.

    If you want a Poodle puppy that will grow up to be healthy, make sure that your Poodle breeder screens your puppy or your puppy`s parents for the health problems that the OFA recommends. This will increase the chances that your puppy is free from inherited genetic defects.

    The following are the health tests that Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) recommends that breeders should screen Poodles for:

  • Eye Examination
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) DNA Test
  • You can find out more about OFA`s recommended tests for Poodles here.

    Also, check out our detailed discussion on poodle health problems here.

    Xoloitzcuintli Health Problems

    Xoloitzcuintlis are genetically prone to certain health problems.

    The OFA provides breeders recommendations on which diseases breeders should screen their dog parents and puppies for.

    If you want a Xoloitzcuintli puppy that will grow up to be healthy, make sure that your Xoloitzcuintli breeder screens your puppy or your puppy`s parents for the health problems that the OFA recommends. This will increase the chances that your puppy is free from inherited genetic defects.

    The following are the health tests that Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) recommends that breeders should screen Xoloitzcuintlis for:

  • Patellar Luxation
  • Cardiac Evaluation
  • Eye Examination by a boarded ACVO Opthalmologist
  • OFA Hip Evaluation
  • You can find out more about OFA`s recommended tests for Xoloitzcuintlis here.

    Tolerates Being Alone: Poodle versus Xoloitzcuintli

    Poodles do not like to be left alone.

    See our article on how long you can leave a poodle alone.

    Xoloitzcuintlis do not like to be left alone.

    Amount Of Shedding: Poodle versus Xoloitzcuintli

    Poodles do not shed a lot. They are good for people with dog allergies.

    Check out our article on if poodles do not shed, and on if standard poodles shed, and shedding in toy poodles

    Xoloitzcuintlis do not shed a lot. They are good for people with dog allergies.

    Drooling Potential: Poodle versus Xoloitzcuintli

    Poodles do have a very low tendency to drool.

    Xoloitzcuintlis do have a very low tendency to drool.

    Easy To Groom: Poodle versus Xoloitzcuintli

    Poodles require a lot of grooming and are not very easy to groom.

    To learn more about poodle grooming, check out our article on how to groom a poodle.

    Xoloitzcuintlis are very easy to groom.

    Prey Drive: Poodle vs Xoloitzcuintli

    Poodles have a very low prey drive. This means they get won`t chase after smaller pets. They tend to get along well with other pets.

    Xoloitzcuintlis have a high prey drive. They have the tendency to chase after smaller animals and pets. They do not get along well with other pets.

    Tendency To Bark Or Howl: Poodle vs Xoloitzcuintli

    Poodles are not very vocal. They do not tend to bark and howl.

    Xoloitzcuintlis are highly vocal. They have the tendency to bark and howl.

    Tolerates Cold Weather: Poodle vs Xoloitzcuintli

    Wanderlust Potential: Poodle vs Xoloitzcuintli

    Xoloitzcuintlis have a high tendency to wander. They are easily distracted by other animals or objects.

    Tolerates Hot Weather: Poodle vs Xoloitzcuintli

    Poodles can tolerate hot weather.

    Dog Friendly: Poodle vs Xoloitzcuintli

    Poodles get along well with other dogs.

    Read this article to learn about the dog breeds that get along with poodle

    Xoloitzcuintlis do not get along well with other dogs.

    Affectionate With Family: Poodle vs Xoloitzcuintli

    Poodles are great family dogs. They are very affectionate with family.

    Learn about standard poodles as family dogs here, and about how family-friendly are toy poodles.

    Xoloitzcuintlis are great family dogs. They are very affectionate with family.

    Kid-Friendly: Poodle vs Xoloitzcuintli

    Poodles get along well with kids. They are kid-friendly.

    Easy To Train: Poodle vs Xoloitzcuintli

    Poodles are very easy to train.

    Check out our article on how to train a poodle.

    Conclusion: Poodle versus Xoloitzcuintli. Which One is a Better Pet?

    To be serious, there is nothing like a better dog breed or a worse dog breed. The important question to ask is which dog breed better matches your interests and lifestyle. We hope our discussion above will help you in deciding which dog breed between the Poodle and the Xoloitzcuintli better suits you and your family.

    Here at bestpoodle.com, we are for the Poodle. So, we recommend that you get yourself a Poodle instead of a Xoloitzcuintli! Poodles are the best 🙂.