Standard Poodle History
The Standard Poodle puppies we raise are top-notch. They have exceeded our wildest dreams of an amazing breed. Their highly intelligent brain, agile body for running and playing, and loyalty to family can’t be beat.
The Standard Poodle is the national dog of France, and the French sure do love their Poodles. There is, however, no such breed as the “French Poodle.” In France, Poodles are known as the Caniche or “duck dog.” Despite the Poodle’s association with France, the breed originated in Germany.
The Poodle originated in Germany as a “duck hunter” where the word “pudelin” (pood-ool-in) refers to splashing in water. The Standard Poodle began its development as a retrieving dog more than 400 years ago. With a crisp, curly coat as protection against the elements, superlative swimming ability, and off-the-charts intelligence, the Poodle was, and still is, a magnificent retriever.
Gypsies and traveling performers learned that Poodles excelled in another canine profession: circus dog. They trained Poodles to perform tricks, dressing them in costumes and sculpting their coats into fanciful shapes to add to their stage appeal. Wealthy patrons took note and started clipping, decorating and even dying their own Poodle companions.
Did You Say Hypoallergenic?
Standard Poodles are great for people who are allergic to dog hair and dander, as this breed does not shed! They are beautifully hypoallergenic and the choice dog for those who suffer with allergies. Your house will stay much cleaner with a Poodle living in it. The Poodle is one of the most beloved dog breeds in the world. Their easily recognizable curly coat makes them a popular choice for canine competitions.
Standard Poodles Coat Colors
You can research all the various Poodle colors and never find them all. Black is the most common color for Poodles of all sizes, with other solid colors including blue, apricot, brown, cream, red, silver, silver beige, white, gray, and cafe au lait. Poodle colors vary greatly and all are beautiful.
Solid colored Standard Poodles are the most common and what most people associate with the breed.
Also, purebred Poodles can have multi-colored coats; while accepted by the breed standards. However, these are not recognized for the American Kennel Club (AKC) conformation show ring.
Depending on your lifestyle, it matters what Poodle size will be best suited for you. There are 4 Poodle sizes to choose from. The traditional Standard Poodle size is around 22″ inches tall and 45-70 pounds. The miniature Poodle stands 11-15″ inches tall and weighs 15-17 pounds. The toy Poodle stands up to 10″ inches and weighs in at 6-9 pounds. The cute little teacup Poodle comes in at 9″ inches tall with a whopping weight of less than 6 pounds.
Standard Poodle is a Family Dog
Behind all the blue ribbons, impressive hairdos and regal attitude, you’ll find an affectionate family dog with an ancienthistory and many talents. Despite his regal air, the Poodle is no snob. These are people-friendly dogs who want to stay close to their families—they get lonely when left by themselves for long periods—and are always up for a good game. Poodles will become “part of the family” in no time and when you get Poodles mixed with children….no telling who’s entertaining who???
Grooming the Standard Poodle
In order to maintain that beautiful fur, you’ll need to get your Standard Poodle groomed. Grooming is something that needs to be done every 6-8 weeks, depending on your dogs’ hair growth. This could get quite expensive unless you decide to take on the grooming yourself. There’s some great resources on Poodle grooming to help you. You can also check out our information about the Puppy grooming basics.
Exercise for the Standard Poodle
Poodles love tons of exercise and opportunity for movement, so access to a spacious yard is ideal. If you don’t have a big backyard to offer your pup, make sure you make plenty of time for walks and visits to the dog park or other pet-safe open area for them to run and play. If you’re a nature lover, a Poodle is a great pick.
They’re naturally adventurous and love the water, so they make excellent outdoor companions. The Poodle normally keeps fit and trim but if left to little or no exercise, weight gain could pose a health risk. An average Standard Poodle weight is 45-70 pounds.
Standard Poodle Health
Poodles have a lifespan of 12-15 years and are generally healthy dogs. Additionally, reputable breeders routinely test breeding stock for health issues, so if you’re taking care to research the breeder you’re working with when picking a purebred dog, you should know the dog’s lineage and what health problems, if any, run in the family.
That being said, there are some health conditions Standard Poodles are prone to, including hip dysplasia and eye problems. Standard Poodles are also prone to contracting Addison’s disease, an issue with the adrenal glands, as well as bloat, which is an accumulation of gas or fluid in the dog’s stomach. Keeping regularly scheduled veterinary appointments will help you stay up-to-date on your pup’s health and well being.
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You can’t be wrong when considering the sophisticated Standard Poodle to be a part of your family. If you’d like more information, please Contact Us. If you’re ready to take the next step toward having a magnificent creature to love, simply submit a Standard Poodle Puppy Application to get things rolling!