Poodle Standard

Group 7: Non Sporting
Height: 38 cm – 76 cm

Energy Level:  Moderate to high
Original Function: Hunting, performing
Lifespan: 10 – 14 yrs

Recommended for: Most people/families, allergy suffers.

Standard Poodle

About This Breed

The Standard Poodle is a gun-dog and originally used in France and Germany for retrieving waterfowl. To help the dog in the water the hunters clipped off the coat around its hindquarters and left the cheat coat on for warmth, the coat around the leg joints was protection against injury. This is where the traditional clip comes from.

They are a very intelligent dog and always ready for fun and play. They love to be a part of the family and thrive on human company.

General Characteristics

Appearance: Large sized body. Dark eyes. Well coated long ears that hang down. Tail medium length.

Temperament: A very active, intelligent, well balanced and elegant looking dog with good temperament, carrying himself very proudly.

Colour: All solid colours.
White and cream poodles to have black nose, lips and eye rims, black toenails desirable, brown poodles to have dark amber eyes, dark liver nose, lips, eye rims and toenails.
Apricot poodles to have dark eyes with black points or deep amber eyes with liver points.
Black, silver and blue poodles to have black nose, lips, eye rims and toenails.
Cream, apricot, brown, silver and blue poodles may show varying shades of the same colour up to 18 months. Clear colours preferred.

Coat: Very profuse and dense of good harsh texture without knots or tangles. All short hair close, thick and curly. It is strongly recommended that the traditional lion clip be adhered to.
Non-Show-Dogs: May be clipped in styles to suit your lifestyle or taste.

Grooming: Bath regularly and clip every 6 to 8 weeks.

Exercise: love to go for walks and adore the water so swimming is another great form of exercise for them. Regular exercise is needed to keep them fit and happy.

Health: This breed can suffer from many genetic diseases, eye problem and skin problems. Check with breeders to see if tests have been done. Check ears regularly for infection and mites.