Description: The Standard Poodle is the proud, elegant, dignified and good-natured predecessor of the Toy and Miniature Poodles. Standard Poodles are highly intelligent and one of the most trainable breeds. They are pleasant, happy and sensitive. Itís been said that the Standard Poodle tends to be a bit calmer than the smaller varieties of Poodles. Standard Poodles need to be with people and dislike being alone. They generally are friendly toward strangers, and are excellent with children. The Standard Poodle is good with other dogs. Some Standards Poodles are good guard dogs and some of Standards can be trained as hunters.
Other Names: Barbone, Caniche
Height: 22 - 27 inches
Weight: 45 - 70 lbs.
Colors: Solid colors
Coat: Very profuse and dense, harsh texture.
Temperament: Intelligent, lively
With Children: Yes, though a puppy may be too much for a small child.
With Pets: Yes
Special Skills: Hunting dog, now family pet.
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. Enjoys a fair amount of exercise like swimming and retrieving, walks or free run. Makes a great jogging partner.
Training: Fairly easy to train as he is very intelligent and he learns quickly.
Learning Rate: Very High, Obedience - Very High, Problem Solving - Very High
Activity: Medium - Low
Living Environment: A home with a fenced yard is preferred as he is an energetic dog who enjoys exercise. An owner of a Poodle should desire a smart, happy, dog who excels in obedience.
Health Issues: Hip dysplasia and stifle problems.
Life Span: 10 - 13 Years
Litter Size: 3 - 8
Country of Origin: France
History: Despite the claims of several other countries, France has now been officially recognized as the country of the Poodles origin though some authorities attribute Germany as the country of origin. There are also referenced to other dogs of similar type in Russia and several other southwestern European nations. The Germans probably gave him the name Pudel, which means to splash in water. Originally bred as a retriever and flushers of birds the breed became quite popular among French aristocracy and was designated the national dog of France.
First Registered by the AKC: 1887
AKC Group: Non-Sporting Group