Poodles are a highly intelligent breed and are very skillful in various activities. They are hypo-allergenic and non-shedding. People are acquainted with them from the past as circus performers, but they are also quite formidable trackers and herders. They have amazing agility, and excel in obedience and show qualities, having taken top honors in conformation dog shows. Poodles also excel as assistance dogs due to their calm nature. Poodles have a very sweet nature and are gentle while also being capable and excellent at personal and family protection.