THE STANDARD POODLE BREED
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The Standard Poodle has a life span
of approximately 14-15 years. The key to having a healthy dog, is to buy a
puppy. It is important to find a breeder that breeds only healthy Dams and Sires. It is also important to make sure that
they do not have too many common ancestors in their pedigrees. Most reputable poodle breeders select their breeding stock
by pedigrees. It is also important to get a health certificate and health guarantee with your new Standard Poodle puppy.
Please remember that testing of parents
does not guarantee that a puppy could not develop a hereditary problem. Genetic
testing helps to eliminate some problems but others show up late in a dogs life. A responsible breeder may still have
problems that crop up later, even if a dog has been screened or tested.
Standard Poodles are one of the best
picks for people with allergies. The poodle has a wool coat and does not have
amount of dander that other breeds have. The poodle has a very small amount of shedding. They do need to be brushed on a
regular basis though to keep them looking their best. If you or a member of your family
has severe allergies, it is best to visit and spend a little time with a puppy or adult dog to be sure that there is no
adverse reaction before buying a new puppy. Some people are allergic to all dogs...Period!
Standard Poodles rank second in intelligence of all the dog breeds today. They are fast learners and have a passion for
fun. The Standard poodle breed has been used as service dogs for many years. They were bred in Germany as water
retrievers, make excellent gun dogs and love to hunt. Many owners love to train them in agility and in obedience.
The Standard Poodle loves children and is very protective of the family. They also require less structured exercise than most
of the larger breeds of dogs. They will take a jog with their owner or be content to lay by them for hours. If you are
looking for a shadow, then the Standard Poodle is the dog for you. They will follow you from room to room and never get
enough of you, good mood or bad. They are very forgiving.
Standard Poodles are the largest of the poodle breed. Their size can range from 15 inches at the shoulder to 30 inches or
better. They weigh from 35lbs to over 100lbs. They have a very sturdy body and should be square. They should have a scissor
bite, but an even bite is acceptable. The ears should be long and the top of the ear should be even with the eye. The eyes
should be almond shaped and dark.
Standard Poodles come in a variety
of colours. There is the Black Standard Poodle, Chocolate Standard Poodle,
Poodle, White Standard Poodle, Silver Standard Poodle, Apricot Standard Poodle, Red Standard Poodle and various shades of
the Cream Standard Poodle. There are also a few more colours that are accepted by AKC. Solid colours are preferred, but the
Standard Poodle also come in "party" colours. This can be a small amount of white or spotted. The colour does not change the
beauty or disposition of the dogs.
However, the CKC ( Canadian) and AKC(
American) do not allow them in "Conformation" events - however,
they do allow them to enter in all other official categories (obedience, rally-o,
field trials, agility events).The UKC (United) and (Continental Kennel Club)
do let them enter in their Conformation events as well as everything else.UKC
events are becoming a very popular events due to the more relaxed and fun
Standard Poodles require regular grooming
and brushing. Clipping should be done about every 8 to 10 weeks some would
say even more frequent. It is very important to train them young to love the
grooming process. Most Standard Poodles enjoy the time spent brushing and
combing them. It becomes a special time that is just set a side for them.
The more often they are brushed the better for the condition of the coat.
The nails and ears should be tended to on a monthly basis also. You might
want to check out
our puppy care page for more information on how to care for your new puppy.
The Standard Poodle is a highly intelligent,
assertive, responsive and loyal animal. These traits make it a great friend
and excellent watchdog. Poodles are sensitive to their owner's emotions, ready to be your best friend and quietly sit by
your side when you are sad or equally ready to go play ball when you're happy. Poodles are great for people with allergies
because they don’t shed hair in the same fashion as the average dog, nor do they have a lot of dander. For those macho men
and women who think the poodle is for sissy's, they were once prized in Europe for their great water retrieving skills. The
poodle is a versatile dog and competes in field, obedience, and agility trials and is used as a service dog for the
disabled. They have also been used as sled dogs and even raced in the Iditarod by John Suter. Because of their keen
intelligence and agility you will often see them perform in circuses. Standard Poodles are the complete dog.