Dog Profiles - Description of Standard Poodle

Standard Poodle

Description: The Standard Poodle is an active, intelligent and elegant-appearing dog, squarely built, well-proportioned, moving soundly and carrying himself proudly. He still retains his ability as a gundog and swims well. Intelligent and eager to learn makes him popular in obedience trails. Steady, smart and loyal, he will do anything an owner could wish for including obedience, shows, tricks, hunting and retrieving. A happy good tempered dog who makes a good family pet. Favored among asthma sufferers because of his wooly coat.

Height: 22-27 inches

Weight: 45-70 lbs.

Colors: Solid colors

Coat: Very profuse and dense, harsh texture.

Temperament: Intelligent, lively. Good with children, though a puppy may be too much for a small child. Good with other pets. Good hunting dog, now a family pet. Good watch-dog. Fair guard-dog.

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 Poodle's origin though some authorities attribute Germany as the country of origin. There are also references 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.

Registration: ACA, AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 9), KC(GB), UKC