Pronunciation:poo-dle Other Names: French Poodle | Caniche | Duck Dog | Pudle | Barbone
Standard Poodle Description
The Standard Poodle is a medium to large sized dog. When groomed to AKC standards the Poodle should give off a square appearance.
Poodles are highly intelligent and are easily trained to do various tasks from common dog tricks to retrieving wild game to finding truffles to performing circus acts. Because of their intelligence, they tend to get bored easily and may find themselves getting into all types of creative mischief.
Poodles have hunting instincts bred in and have been known to point game even when not previously trained to do so.
The Standard Poodle is a purebred dog. The dogs originally used to develop the Poodle are now extinct, so the breed's population is now completely dependant upon breeding Standard Poodles with other Standard Poodles, which is part of the reason why this breed has health issues.
Poodle's have been around since before the 15th century. The breed is so old that there is controversy as to whether the breed originated in France or Germany. However, many experts believe the breed was first developed in Germany but was later standardized in France. Regardless of the country which the Poodle came from, one thing is certain and that is the Poodle's ancestors include the French Water Dog, Barbet, and Hungarian Water Hound.
Poodle's were originally used for water retrieval dogs to fetch game. Many of the Poodle hair cuts originated from hunter trimming the Poodle's fur in ways to keep it's legs and feet warm in cold weather.
15+ Inches (from ground to shoulder)
(Male) 45-70 Pounds | 45-60 Pounds (Female)
Always a solid color of: apricot, black, blue, brown, cafe-au-lait, cream, gray, red, silver, white
Either curly or corded. Show dog's coats may appear a different texture because of extensive grooming sessions of up to 10 hours per week.
The skull is mostly rounded with a definite, but slight stop. The muzzle is long and straight. The eyes are set somewhat far apart and are dark. The ears are long, flat, and hang close to the head. Both the front and rear sets of legs are in proportion to the size of the body. The tail is usually held up high. Some owners will crop the tail to half it's length to make the dog appear better balanced. The feet appear small and oval-shaped with arched toes.
Standard Poodle Temperament
Poodles are a graceful, good natured, and cheerful dog. They are enjoyable to be around. Poodles are a highly intelligent dog which can be taught a variety of tricks from finding truffles to fetching ducks.
Standard Poodles are more calm than smaller Poodle breeds. They can be hard-minded and will respond better to the tone of your voice rather than strong discipline. Poodle's dislike being alone and enjoy spending time with their owners rather than being outside with other animals. They are great with children and are friendly with strangers and other pets.
Standard Poodle Health
The Standard Poodle has a life expectancy of 12-15 years. Since Poodle's are an older dog breed, they have more health issues. It is not uncommon for Poodle's to suffer from: Runny Eyes, Cataracts, Blindness, Allergies and Skin Conditions, Hip Dysplasia, Ear Infections, Von Willebrand's Disease, Premature Graying Fur, and Stomach Bloat.
Grooming Requirements – Poodles require heavy grooming. Instead of shedding, a Poodle's loose hairs become entangled with their other hairs, which if not groomed regularly will cause many sections of their coat to become matted and tangled. Because of this, Poodles are great for allergy sufferers, but it also means they require heavy grooming.
Besides being bathed regularly, Poodles need to get clipped every 6-8 weeks. Grooming also many require cleaning it's ears and having it's teeth scaled.
Exercise Requirements – Poodles do not require abundant exercise, but do need to be walked daily. They are not too demanding for physical exercise, but they can become wound up if not exercised enough. They prefer to run and play off-leash and have great stamina.
Living Requirements – Poodles can adapt to become indoor dogs if they get enough exercise. If a Poodle is to live in an apartment, it will need even more exercise. Since these dogs were bred to be active hunting dogs, a small yard would be best. Standard Poodles were bred to run and swim, which is why their coat is water resistant.
The following groups recognize the Standard Poodle as a breed:
ACR - American Canine Registry
AKC - American Kennel Club
ANKC - Australian National Kennel Council
APRI - America's Pet Registry
CCR - Canadian Canine Registry
CKC - Continental Kennel Club
DRA – Dog Registry of America Inc.
FCI - Federation Cynologique Internationale
KCGB - Kennel Club of Great Britain
NAPR - North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
NZKC - New Zealand Kennel Club
UKC - United Kennel Club
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