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Description: The Standard Poodle is an active, intelligent and elegant dog. They are squarely built, well-proportioned, moving soundly and carrying themselves proudly. They still retain their ability as a gundog and swim well. Intelligent and eager to learn makes them popular in obedience trials. Steady, smart and loyal they will do anything an owner could wish for including obedience, shows, tricks, hunting and retrieving. Poodles are happy good tempered dogs and make good family pets. Favored among asthma sufferers, they have a hypoallergenic, shed-free, woolly coat. The Poodle makes an excellent family pet who will adapt to any situation and will try anything an owner wants. Poodles are very trainable and efficient to the owner who wants an obedient dog. They are affectionate with their family, a little wary with strangers, but still accepting of them. They love to be around family and friends, and should not be left alone for long periods of time. They have had clownish haircuts in the past, in which the owners were allowed to carve any design they wanted into the fur. Today the breed has the standard poodle cut, but if they aren't being shown they can simply be trimmed down. They are thought to be extremely intelligent and very obedient. They come in any solid color, and have very curly, thick fur. Poodles have natural drop ears and a puff of fur on top of the head. Spirited and lively, the Poodle is an energetic and happy breed.
Other Names: Barbone, Caniche (from chien canard, meaning "duck dog"), Pudle
Type: Companion Dog
15 inches; 22 - 27
They come in all solid colors.
Ears or head can sometimes be a darker shade.
Poodles are intelligent, lively, quick to mimic and learn. They are highly
intelligent and very obedient. Poodles love to be around humans and are not
good for kenneling. They are good with other pets and children, but wary
with strangers, although they do warm up to them. They are friendly and
affectionate, and are slightly less sensitive than their Miniature siblings.
He is a gentleman in the home. They are jubilant, athletic and hearty in the
Watch-dog: High. Poodles
are very alert.
Care and Exercise:
Frequent trimming, brushing and shampooing of the coat. Ears must be kept very
clean. Nails trimmed short and teeth brushed weekly. Even the
pet poodle should attend the canine beauty parlor every six weeks or so. Standard
Poodles enjoy a fair amount of exercise like swimming and retrieving, walks
or free run. Makes a great jogging partner.
Activity: Medium - Low.
They are not an overly-excitable breed.
Living Environment: A home with a fenced yard is preferred as Standard Poodles are energetic dogs who enjoy exercise. An owner of a Poodle should desire a smart, happy, dog who excels in obedience. The best owner for this breed would be an active family living in the suburbs or rural country.
Health Issues: Hip dysplasia, stifle problems, Addison's disease, epilepsy, luxating patellas, PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), renal disease, skin disorders, sebaceous adenitis, thyroid problems and bloat. Bloat is a health concern to most breeds, being the largest killer of dogs second only to cancer. It is also known as gastric torsion or twisted stomach.
Life Span: 10 - 13 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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