Standard Poodle Overview
The Standard Poodle has been one of the most versatile dogs in history. They were easily able to work as retrievers while still being loyal, stylish and dignified companions. The Standard Poodle maintains a high level of popularity throughout the world for both their companionship and easy trainability.
Standard Poodle Characteristics
The Poodle is lively and active and most well-known for its coat. While the common idea of the Poodle is the stylish cut with pom-poms and various shaved coat all over the body, the most common cut for Toy and Miniature Poodles is a puppy cut that keeps the fur shaggy and puppy-like. The Poodle is also loved for the fact that its coat is hair based rather than fur, making it less allergenic.
Standard Poodle Temperament
Standard Poodles are intelligent, clever dogs that are devoted companions. They are good-natured, but may be shy and reserved around stranger. Standards tend to be the calmest of all sizes of Poodle and do the best in families with children. Their calm nature also makes them ideal service dog companions.
Standard Poodle Care
The Standard Poodle lives on average 10 to15 years, longer than other large dogs. A list of health concerns include epilepsy, progressive retinal atrophy, Von Willebrand’s disease, skin issues, patellar luxation, hip dysplasia and Legg-Calve-Perthes disease. Careful breeding and good veterinary care can help reduce incidence of disease.
Standard Poodle Coat
The coat is naturally curly and dense and is practically non-shedding. However, it should be trimmed or clipped every few months to prevent matting. Brushing regularly will also keep the hair soft and from becoming dense and matted.
Standard Poodle Training
Poodles are extremely intelligent excel at almost any task. They will easily pick up on any task and are willing and eager to please. Gentle, positive reinforcement training is key to a happy, intelligent Poodle. Their high intelligence also makes them ideal as a Service Animal.
Standard Poodle Activity
Daily walks, exercise and any activities with the family are perfect the Poodle. They also perform well in sport activities such as agility and fly-ball. Standard Poodles make a great addition to any family that is active and social, and will fit right in with the routine.