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Breed Info

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.

Top Reasons Standard Poodles Make the Best Family Members

Allergy Friendly

Standard poodles are considered a non-shedding breed, and are good for people with allergies.

Active Family Companion

Standard Poodles are even-tempered, patient and friendly dogs that prefer spending time and going places with their people.

Great with Children

Standard Poodles are great with kids. Their high energy often matches the energy of children. Additionally, they are very loving and gentle.

Smart and Easily Trainable

A good Standard Poodle is one of the smartest and most trainable of all breeds. They are "thinking" dogs who pay attention to their owners, learn quickly, and respond eagerly to positive training methods. House and obedience training are usually a breeze.

15 inches or taller (most are 22")
10 - 18 years
males - 45 to 70 pounds females- 45 to 60 pounds

Personality

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.


Health

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.

Care

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.

Grooming

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.