Breed Type:  Non-Sporting
Country of Origin: Europe – exact country unknown
Size: Medium
Also known as:  Caniche, Barbone
Males: Height: 38-45 cm Weight: 20-32 kg
Females: Height: 35-40 cm Weight: 20-27 kg
Exercise Requirements: Medium
Care Requirements: High
Lifespan: 12-15 Years
Best Suited as:  Companion, Family Dog

The Standard Poodle is an intelligent dog with a playful and cheerful disposition.  They are excellent with children and are easy to train. The Standard Poodle is the original Poodle, the largest of the three Poodle types, and the calmest. While its exact origin is unknown, the name “Poodle” most likely came out of the German word “Pudel,” which means “one who plays in water”.

The Standard Poodle is a graceful, medium to large-sized dog with a square appearance. It has nearly the same length as its height and has a level top line. The Standard Poodle has rounded skull and it has an elongated, straight muzzle. They have long, flat ears and dark, oval shaped eyes that are black or brown. Their tail is set and carried high. While some breeders dock their tails to half their length to make the dog appear more balanced, many countries have outlawed tail docking.  The Standard Poodle has long legs and oval shaped, compact feet with rounded toes. They are highly athletic and move with grace and flair.

The Standard Poodle coat is either curly and wiry or corded and it comes in all solid colors including black, blue, silver, gray, cream, apricot, red, white, brown, or tan. The Standard Poodle’s hair styles are varied.  Some people chose the “pet clip” (short all over) which is the easiest of the three.  Standard Poodles that will be shown, are more likely to exhibit the “Continental clip” or the “English saddle clip”.

The Standard Poodle is cheerful, intelligent, proud, graceful, noble and good-natured.  They are known to be one of the easiest breeds to train due to their intelligence and willingness to be obedient.  Unlike the smaller versions of this Poodle, the Standard Poodle is generally calmer and less excitable, but can become high strung if they do not receive the right amount of exercise and attention.

While easy to train, this sensitive pooch will not respond favorably to harsh discipline.  You need to be calm while letting them know who is boss. Some can make good guard dogs. Most of all, the Standard Poodle is an excellent companion, fun playmate and a graceful beauty.  Your Standard Poodle will generally get along with everyone and loves to be the center of attention.

The Poodle has been known throughout Europe for at least four hundred years and were depicted in fifteenth century paintings. There is no definitive proof of where the Standard Poodle was officially developed but many Western European countries have fought for the title.  France, Germany and Denmark are all contenders.  What is known is that the breed is a descendant of the now extinct French Water Dog, the Barbet and possibly the Hungarian Water Hound.

The Standard Poodle was first used by German and French hunters as a gun dog to retrieve waterfowl and to sniff out truffles (mushrooms) laying underground in the woods. Then because of the dog’s high intelligence and trainability, they started their career as French circus performers. As the years went by, the breed’s popularity in France sky rocketed which led to the common name “French Poodle”.  

The Standard Poodle is the original Poodle, with Toy and Miniature Poodles being bred down. 
All three are judged by the same written standard but with different size requirements.  Overall, the Poodle is one talented breed. They excel as watchdogs, at obedience, retrieving, and at performing. Different Kennel Clubs have classified the Poodle in different ways.  Because they are versatile dogs, some groups have considered them to be sporting dogs, while others have placed them in the non-sporting dog category.  Today, the Standard Poodle remains a popular pet.  They also make great service dogs, therapy dogs, and participate in all of the available dog sports.

Care and Grooming
Most Poodle owners will not deny the care and time that must go into grooming their Standard Poodles.  Most need daily brushing to prevent matting.  While the “Poodle clip” was inspired by hunters to help the dogs swim more efficiently and protect them from extreme cold and sharp reeds, the cut lives on today. Not all owners elect for the more difficult “Poodle clip”. The easiest and most common cuts for pet owners (who do not plan to show their Poodles) are called the “pet clip”, “puppy clip” or “lamb clip” where the coat is cut short all over the body.  Popular show clips are the English saddle and the Continental clip where the rear half of the body is shaved, bracelets are left around the ankles, and pom-poms are left on the tails and hips.  While some owners are up for the task, many take their dog to the groomers.

Poodles must be bathed regularly and because their fur does not shed, it needs to be clipped every six to eight weeks. Due to their non-shedding coat, the Standard Poodle can be a good dog for those who suffer from allergies. Special attention needs to be given to your Poodle’s ears as they are prone to ear infections. 

All Poodles need daily interaction with their people which should include a play session and/or a walk. Standard Poodles also very much enjoy swimming.

Although the Standard Poodle is a relatively healthy breed, they are subject to many genetic diseases. Common issues can include hip dysplasia, allergies, ear infections, skin conditions and cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy, which may cause blindness. They are also prone to Von Willebrand’s Disease, bloat, thyroid issues (hyperthyroid and hypothyroid), tracheal collapse, epilepsy, juvenile renal disease, and cancer.

Suitability as a Pet
The Standard Poodle is a good choice for many families and they can thrive in a variety of living situations. They can even successfully live in an apartment if they are sufficiently exercised.  They should not live outside in a kennel, as they enjoy being with their owners and dislike being alone. They are excellent with children and they are generally friendly toward strangers.  The Standard Poodle does well in a family with other well behaved dogs and other smaller animals.

Although your Poodle’s exercise needs are not as strong as some larger breeds, she will do best with an active family. She loves to run, swim and retrieve.  Most of all, your Poodle needs lots of love and attention as they are happiest just hanging around with their people.

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