The Standard Poodle
The standard poodle is a good size dog that is highly reliable and makes for a sturdy companion.
They are also very good guard dogs.
As hunting companions, they are a good choice because they enjoy swimming and retrieving.
This breed normally lives to be about 12 – 15, or more, years of age.
The name “Poodle” is probably derived from the German word “Pudel” – which means one who plays in water.
Because of their size, they are strong and suitable for small children who can be a little rough on pets.
Standard poodles love country living where they can get out and run and get plenty of exercises.
Standard poodles are at least 15”, or more, at the highest point.
The Standard Poodle is an elegant, medium to large dog, with a profuse, but well-groomed and clipped, wiry curly coat.
Their head and muzzles are long and the skull is slightly rounded. The teeth form a scissors bite with wide ears that hang close to their heads.
The standard poodle’s eyes are oval and generally very dark.
The brown and colored poodles usually have dark-colored amber eyes, while apricot dogs may have amber eyes.
With this breed, dark eyes are considered better.
The Poodle’s length from breastbone to rump is approximately the same as the height at the top of their shoulders.
The topline (back) is virtually level except for a slight depression behind the shoulders, or withers.
The butt, or croup as it is referred to, is rounded and the feet are small, oval, and compact. The tail is usually docked to half its original length.
The coat can be groomed into three basic styles:
- the “pet clip” (or puppy clip) which has relatively short hair all over their entire body,
- the “English saddle clip,” and
- the “Continental clip,” where the rear half of their body is shaved, bracelets are left around the ankles, and “pom-poms” are left on the tail and hips. The Standard Poodle is noted for its delightful and springy gait showing how proud an animal they are.
Extensive grooming is needed with this breed.
They must be bathed on a regular basis and clipped at least every six to eight weeks.
The ears should be checked weekly for mites and the ear hair should be trimmed short or pulled out – if necessary.
The traditional clips were developed to lighten the weight of the coat for swimming while protecting their joints and the major organs from the cold.
Many owners have opted for the plain “lamb clip”.
This “clip” keeps the coat the same length all over making it easier and more economical to maintain overall.
The poodle’s teeth need regular scaling and they shed very little to no hair at all which makes them excellent animals for allergy sufferers.
The standard poodle needs lots of exercise – at least one to two hours a day – which is why they are well suited for country life.
If you buy a standard poodle be prepared to spend a lot of time with them and exercise them daily – if you want your poodle to stay healthy!
As previously mentioned the Standard Poodle is proud, dignified, elegant, and very good-natured.
These dogs are highly intelligent which results in them being one of the most trainable dog breeds.
Just notices how many more poodles you see in dog acts than any other breed – which is a testament to their intelligence and training capabilities. J
They are happy, pleasant, and sensitive.
Poodles really need to be with people and very much dislike being left alone.
For the most part, they are generally friendly toward strangers and are excellent with almost all children.
The Standard Poodle is also good with other dogs. Depending on the training they have had some Standard poodle dogs make good guard dogs and while some can be trained as hunters which is what they were originally used for 400+ years ago!
The Standard Poodle normally weighs in at about 45-70 pounds with the females very slightly smaller.
They stand at least 15″ tall and are a very long-lived breed. Poodles are, nevertheless, subject to many genetic diseases due, in part, to so much in-breeding over the last few centuries by dog breeders.
Cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy may cause blindness, and allergies and skin conditions are common which is possibly due to the unskilled use of clippers or allergies to many cheap shampoos and/or color reinforcers.
Hip dysplasia, runny eyes, and ear infections are very common.
They seem also to be prone to PRA and Von Willebrand’s Disease. The brown Poodles tend to become prematurely gray.
The standard poodle is prone to overeating and becoming bloated. It is advisable to feed your Standard poodle two to three small meals each day as opposed to one large meal.
Standard Poodles are relatively inactive while indoors.
They will be okay in an apartment IF they are sufficiently exercised 2 – 3 hours a day. Even a small yard will suffice where they can exercise themselves.
Poodles adore water and love to go for long walks but they are not demanding as far as exercise goes.
However, they will be in better overall spirits and be much fitter if they are given regular opportunities to run and play off the leash within a safe area.
The standard poodle retains its sporting instincts and has a great deal of stamina. They require more physical exercise and activity than the smaller poodle varieties.
The Poodle has been known throughout Western Europe for over 400 years and its true origin is a controversial issue with many breeders.
It is uncertain as to whether the breed was developed in Germany, Denmark, France, or ancient Piedmont.
Despite the claims of many of these and even other countries, France has now been officially recognized as the country of origin of the poodle and therefore occupies a very high place in the affections of the French.
What is certain is that the Poodle was descended from a now nearly extinct French water dog – the Barbet and probably the Hungarian Water Hound.
The Poodle was used as a gun dog and originally the breed was used in Germany and in France as a retriever of waterfowl.
The French capitalized on the breed’s high intelligence, trainability, and innate “showmanship” and made the Poodle into a circus performer.
The poodle’s great popularity in France led to the breed’s common name – “French Poodle.” In France, however, the Poodle is called the “Caniche,” or duck dog.
The Poodle has been used to sniff out truffles lying underground in the woods. Poodles are depicted in 15th-century paintings and Toy Poodles became royal favorites, particularly in the 18th century.
The Toy and Miniature Poodles varieties were bred down from the more giant standard poodle.
The AKC recognizes the three sizes as one breed and they are judged by the same standards.
Today, the Poodle is primarily a companion and show dog, although his superior intelligence allows him to learn almost anything.