Look past the fancy haircuts you see on TV and you’ll find Standard Poodles are actually smart, energetic, and versatile dogs. While bred originally as water retrievers and gun dogs, they are ranked second in both intelligence and speed and can be trained for virtually any job or activity.
Active, loving, playful, loyal, kind and mischievous are just a few words Standard Poodle enthusiasts might use to describe the breed’s personality. Known for their elegance of movement and proud disposition, Standard Poodles also have a silly side. Their eagerness to please combined with their high intelligence makes them fast learners.
Standard Poodles are relatively healthy, but like all breeds, they’re prone to certain health conditions. When looking for a puppy, it is imperative to find a breeder who health tests their breeding sires and dams. Health testing proves that a dog has been tested for and cleared of a particular condition. You can refer to www.ofa.org for a list of acceptable health clearances for standard poodles.
As long as they have regular exercise and plenty of human companionship, Standard Poodles can thrive is apartments, single family homes, and anything in between. They prefer to live indoors with the family and are not a breed that does well living completely outside.
The Poodle is a non-shedding breed with a single rather than double coat. Because they do not shed their coats as most dogs do, they require frequent brushing as well as grooming every three to six weeks to keep the coat in good condition. If you are considering a Standard Poodle, you must factor in regular grooming for your dog. The good news is that there are many ways to style the coat for easier care. In fact, many owners simply shave it off.