This is a noble, elegant and well-balanced dog with a slender muzzle and long neck. The Standard Poodle's coat is profuse and curly and is often styled. This breed comes in many coat colours, including black, white, blue, grey, silver, brown, apricot and cream (see the breed standard for details). Adult Standard Poodles stand at a minimum height of 38cm and weighs between 20-32kg.
- Category size: Large
- Grooming requirements: Daily
- Shedding: None
- Allergies: Yes
- Noise: Vocal
- Dog Group Kennel Club: Utility
- Alone: 1 to 3 hours
- Other pets: Medium
- Stability as a guard: High
The Standard Poodle dog breed is the oldest of the three Poodle sizes, with the miniature and toy varieties developed later. The exact origin of the Poodle dog is unknown; some say they originated in France and others say that they come from Germany. It is thought they may have been taken to France from Germany and then developed into their present form in France. They were used in Germany as a water retrieving dog and today some still have the hunting instinct.
An affectionate, lively dog, the Standard Poodle dog makes a rewarding companion. They can be good watch dogs, announcing visitors but never being aggressive. They are high-spirited, happy dogs who love a busy life and being involved in all family matters.
As with many breeds, The Standard Poodle can suffer from various hereditary eye disorders, and hip dysplasia (a condition that can lead to mobility problems). Eye testing and hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore important. There is also a high incidence in the breed of a particular hormonal disease (Addison's disease) and a stomach condition (gastric dilation volvulus).
Standards need a good deal of exercise and space. Most of them love to swim and to retrieve, so do take care when near water to ensure their safety. They respond well to training and have excelled in many of the canine sports, such as agility and obedience.
Large breed dogs, as well as having large appetites, benefit from a different balance of nutrients including minerals and vitamins compared to smaller-breed dogs. Standard Poodles are also prone to bloating and stomach problems; smaller, more frequent meals can help minimise this risk.
Standard Poodles do not shed and are often (though not always) tolerated by allergic people. Their coats do take a great deal of care, though, generally requiring professional grooming, as well as regular combing and brushing at home. The poodle should be taken to a groomer about every six weeks to be clipped, or you can learn how to do it yourself and this can be as simple as a 'sheep' style clip.
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