The Standard Poodle is a medium to large sized dog. They have long straight muzzles and can have curly or straight fur. The Standard Poodle’s coat colors are usually, white, cream, black, blue, silver, gray, apricot, or brown. Typically this breed was bred to have solid color coats, but in more recent years they have bred part-colored coat Poodles as well.
Poodles have been known throughout Western Europe for at least 400 years and are depicted in 15th Century paintings and in bas-reliefs from the 1st Century. There is controversy over where the breed officially came from and no one really knows their true country of origin. France has taken a claim on the origin, but the AKC gives the honor to Germany, where they say the Standard Poodle was used as a water retrieval dog. Other claims have been Denmark, or the ancient Piedmont. What is certain is the dog was a descendant of the now-extinct French Water Dog, the Barbet, and possibly the Hungarian Water Hound.
The name “Poodle” most likely derived from the German word “Pudel,” which means “one who plays in water.” The “Poodle clip” was designed by hunters to help the dogs swim more efficiently. They would leave hair on the leg joints to protect the dogs from extreme cold and sharp reeds. Hunters in Germany and France used the Poodle as a gundog and as a retriever of waterfowl, as well as to sniff out truffles underground in the woods. The French started using the breed as a circus performer because of the dog’s high intelligence and trainability. The breed became very popular in France, which led to the common name “French Poodle,” but the French actually called the breed the “Caniche,” meaning “duck dog.”
Standard Poodle’s are typically proud, noble, enjoyable, and graceful animals. This breed is highly intelligent and considered to be one of the most trainable dog breeds. Standard Poodles are typically lower energy than smaller Poodle breeds, but can get hyperactive without the proper amount of exercise.
Poodles do not respond well to harsh discipline. Guardians of this breed should be firm but calm and collected during training, and use positive reinforcement whenever possible. Standard Poodles dislike being alone and want to spend time with their families as much as possible. They are typically very good with children, strangers, and other dogs.
- Height: About 15 inches
- Weight: 45 – 70 pounds
- Lifespan:12 – 15 years
- Grooming: High maintenance. Regular baths and haircuts are necessary.
Care & Health
Poodles will do alright in an apartment setting if they have daily exercise. They need at least one long daily walk. Standard Poodles have sporting instincts and enjoy playing off leash in safe areas and going for swims. This breed needs regular baths, and since they don’t shed, they need clippings every six to eight weeks. Because the Standard Poodle is such a long-lived breed, they are unfortunately subject to many genetic health problems. Runny eyes, cataracts, and progressive retinal atrophy can all cause blindness. Allergies and skin conditions are common as well as Von Willebrand’s Disease. The dogs are prone to bloating, so it may be best to feed 2-3 small meals daily.
Your Love Match
The perfect pet parent of a Standard Poodle:
- Calm and collected