Standard Poodle Dogs
Poodles are clever and lively household companions, adaptable to their environments and are fairly easy to train—it’s no surprise that they were once very popular circus dogs. They have a few instinctual habits, like marking and hunting, which may be noticeable on walks or around the yard. Overall, Poodles are eager to please and a lot of fun to be around.
Standard Poodle Pictures
- 45 - 70 pounds
- 15 - 24 inches
Ideal Human Companions
- Active, sporty types
- Families with children
- Apartment dwellers
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- Well-groomed, curly coat
- Elegant and regal
- Intelligent and trainable
- Sensitive and social
- Calm and agreeable
What They Are Like to Live With
Poodles are generally active and agile. They are happiest with daily walks and lots of outdoor play. Without enough attention and activity, they can get bored, agitated, restless and (sometimes) destructive. Also, if you can give your Poodle the opportunity to frolic in water, by all means do.
Poodles do not like to be left alone for hours on end. They love being around people and are able to form bonds with each member of the family, as opposed to bonding with just one person. Poodles are ideal family dogs, being both patient and playful with children. They also make superb watchdogs, barking zealously when strangers approach the home.
Things You Should Know
Poodles may look dainty and demur, but in truth, these are high-stamina dogs with a stellar range of skills, including agility, obedience, hunting and herding. Your pretty Poodle could be a sporty competitor in addition to a beautiful show dog.
Poodles have the tendency to bloat. So, try to feed them several small meals instead of big ones. And you must be ready to groom: They need to be clipped and bathed regularly. On the plus side, they don’t shed.
Standard Poodles can live as long as 15 years. Though a relatively healthy breed, common issues can include hip dysplasia, allergies, skin conditions and cataracts.
Standard Poodle History
Though Poodles have lived in Europe for centuries, no one knows for sure where they originated. Some claim Germany as their birthplace, but the consensus seems to be France, where they are considered a national breed. Descended from the now-obsolete French Water Dog, the Poodle (most likely named from the German word Pudel, or “plays in water”) was used to retrieve waterfowl for hunters. Poodles were prized for their intelligence and good manners, eventually being used in circuses and dog shows and, of course, as companions. The Standard Poodle is believed to be the oldest of the three Poodle versions. Miniature Poodles and Toy Poodles were most likely bred from the larger Standard Poodles, but all three are judged in the same categories.
The Look of a Standard Poodle
The Standard Poodle has a graceful, medium-sized frame with a rounded skull, a long head and muzzle, dark oval eyes and wide, close-hanging ears. They have long legs that give them a springy step, docked tails (usually) and compact feet. The coat is sometimes curly and wiry, sometimes soft and wavy, and can be any solid color. Grooming styles include the “pet clip” (short all over), the “Continental clip” (the hindquarters shaved, half of the tail and the upper half of the legs) “English saddle clip” (same as the “Continental Clip” except the hindquarters are not shaved). Most show dogs appear with the “Continental Clip.”
Talk About Standard Poodles
The sweetest, smartest dog I've ever had
I have a Standard Poodle - or should I say that he has me? Duke is my first Standard and because of him, he won't be my last. Duke is the sweetest and smartest dog I have ever had in my 50+ years. It doesn't matter where we go, he is a head turner. All the children that live around me always want to pet Duke, he is so gentle with them. For me there will never be another breed of dog in my home. Hey, the no shedding is a real plus too! Standard are however a lot of work in the upkeep department but their beauty makes up for that.
~Debbie P., owner of a Standard Poodle
Like having two extra family members
I have two Standard Poodles. Gidget, black and 6 years old, is the gentlest dog you would want, and very well behaved. Then there is Suzy, 5 years old, cream colored, and full of energy, She loves to take over the house and family. She's very excitable and she doesn't like to be left alone. I wouldn't trade them for the world.
Standard Poodles are very smart -- they know whatt you are going to do before you do it. It's like having two extra people in the house. I have a 3-year-old grandson who drives them crazy and they just go along with all the wild playing. They love when he comes to visit.
If I'm upset or sick they do not leave my side. I would give them an A in loving their owner. The house does get a little crowded sometimes when we all want to go in one room, or go to bed! It's an experience, and I love it. Even feeding time is crazy. Small meals a couple of times a day. I feel like I'm always feeding them. But they were my choice to keep and I love them.
You don't see many walking in the parks, and people tend to stop and admire them,especially after they are groomed, which is every 6 weeks. They walk and look like show dogs.
~Brenda, owner of two Standard Poodles
My Standard surprises me every day
I've had a number of dogs in my life, but this guy is my hands-down favorite. He is sweet, loving, sensitive, playful, and smart in a great way. He doesn't use his intelligence to get away with naughty things, he uses it to (to my utter amazement) lay down at a trailhead on our way back that I misses. He refused to get up and I thought he was hurt. Once I checked my map I got chills! He was gently saying, "Hey, this is the way."
He has a fan club in the neighbor boys who regularly knock on our door to see if Hank can come out to play, which he enjoys more than they do! He plays freeze tag with them, and somehow he gets it.
To my utter amazement, for such a friendly dog, he went Cujo on a guy who was threatening me.
I hope that I will always have a dog like Hank. He makes me laugh and love more unconditionally every day.
~E. S., owner of a Standard Poodle
Such awesome companions
I have two Standard Poodles and they are wonderful. I got my first sweetie from the local animal shelter, her first mom had to go to assisted living. I took her home and she become best friends with my German Shepherd. As the German Shepherd's health began to decline I got a male Standard puppy. This was the easiest puppy I ever trained. The other dogs showed him the way and he got it quickly. After all the years of German Shepherds, I am now a Standard Poodle lover and will always have at least one.
~Barbara S., owner of Standard Poodles and a German Shepherd
Standard Poodles rock!
These are the coolest dogs ever. I got Sophie from an animal shelter and she was my German Shepherd's best friend. When my GSD became sick I got another Standard Poodle. They all loved each other and when the time came for the GSD to go to heaven, I had my Poodles to help me through this. The Poodles get along well with everyone and somehow know exactly how to interact with everyone individually. They are so smart, sweet, non shedding, and protective. I will always have Standard Poodles!
~Barb S., owner of two Standard Poodles
What's not to love?
My Standard Poodle, Jazzi, is amazing. Not only is she the most loyal friend in the world, she's also so smart! She understands so many words that I have started spelling, now she picks up the words I AM spelling.
She loves the dog park, riding in the golf cart, chasing rabbits, running and doing a long jump. I put her into agility training when she was 11 months old. She graduated, but I couldn't keep up with her!
She loves cuddling and standing on her back paws, for some reason. Her current hairdo is the Continental cut. She is the light of my life!
~Di H., owner of a Standard Poodle
My two boys.
I'm a widower about to turn 60 and I have no children or grandchildren. What I do have are my two boys, Sam and Gus.
Sam -- actually Samson -- is cream-colored, which is somewhat rare. He comes from championship stock. He's turning 8 this year. He was misnamed because he's a quiet, timid dog for a standard. He doesn't have the usual high-spiritedness of the breed, but he's really smart. When my wife was still alive, 5 years ago, and before we got Gus, he had a collection of stuffed animals which he knew by name. Like the person above, we had to spell out certain words, like out and walk. In fact, he even learned that "w a l k" meant walk, so we shortened it to W. He could differentiate between a tennis ball, baseball, and soccer ball. Unfortunately, I no longer have a large yard for them to play in.
Gus (actually Augustus Caesar) we got when we learned, erroneously as it turned out, that my wife had beaten her breast cancer. We had been planning to get Sam a playmate. Gus is all boy. Even as a puppy he playfully attacked Sam who was much bigger than he was. Sam mothered him completely, or fathered I guess would be more appropriate.
Gus is now almost 6, but he's still my baby. About a month or so after our "good news," they discovered another large tumor on her liver which they were unable to remove, even with chemo. My wife died four months later in the house with Gus laying on her bed. That night, he crawled up to sleep with me and he's never left my side at night since. Sam either, which leaves me about a foot of room on a king size bed. I take afternoon naps, and no sooner do I head for the bedroom when both of them are right behind me. But I wouldn't have it any other way.
~Rick S. , owner of two Standard poodles