Poodles are a wonderful breed for the whole family, and they are truly family members that want to be inside sleeping in the bed, going with you everywhere.   They are of course a non shedding breed and do require grooming on a regular bases at least every 6-8 weeks, they are in the house pets and would be completely broken hearted to be left outside chained to a dog house or left with a dog house.  If you want a companion,buddy, loyal follower or pretty much another member in your family then a poodle is a breed to consider.  There are three "sizes" of poodles Toys which are up to 10 inches tall, Miniatures which are up between 11 to 15 inches tall and Standards which are over 15 inches generally in the range of 20 to 25 inches some larger.

I recommend going to poodle club of america for a wealth of information about poodles including any health concerns with each variety- Toy/Miniature/Standard