The poodle is a group of formal dog breeds, the Standard
Poodle, Miniature Poodle and Toy Poodle, with many coat colors. Originally bred
in Germany as a type of water dog, the breed was standardized in France. The
poodle is skillful in many dog sports, including agility, obedience, tracking,
and even herding. Poodles have taken top honors in many conformation shows,
including "Best in Show" at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in
1991 and 2002, and at the World Dog Show in 2007 and 2010. Many people have misconceptions about
Poodles -- that they look and act like "sissy" dogs.
is one of the biggest myths in dogdom.
ignore the silly show-ring clips. Poodles can be clipped into shorthaired,
normal -looking dogs who are a snap to brush. Poodles also have the advantage
of being the lightest-shedding, most hypoallergenic of all coated breeds.
Standard Poodles are elegant, energetic athletes who move with a light, springy
gait. They excel in advanced obedience competition, where retrieving and
jumping skills are required, and in agility (obstacle course) competitions,
where they fly over and under and through the obstacles with a strength and
grace that is breathtaking to watch.
better, a good Standard Poodle is one of the smartest and most trainable of all
breeds. He is a "thinking" dog who pays rapt attention to his owner,
learns quickly, and responds eagerly to positive training methods. Indeed,
Standard Poodles NEED some sort of mental stimulation in order to be happy -- advanced
obedience classes (not just basic), agility classes, or challenging games such
as hide 'n seek, or fetching a variety of named toys. This intelligent breed
cannot simply sit in the backyard and be ignored.
Standard Poodles make great watchdogs and some even have mild (and sensible)
protective instincts, but this is not an aggressive breed. Their attitude
toward people varies from friendly to politely reserved. Early socialization is
important to avoid excessive watchfulness or timidity.
other dogs and cats, Standard Poodles are usually peaceful and accepting.
this breed is by no means perfect or low-maintenance. Besides the regular
clipping (every 4-6 weeks), they need a good deal of daily exercise. Their
energy level varies from moderate to high and they require brisk walks,
jogging, swimming, and/or vigorous play sessions to keep them fit, satisfied,
and calm indoors.
Poodles also need a lot of daily companionship. They suffer from loneliness and
separation anxiety if left alone too much.
Standard Poodles are "soft" and sensitive dogs, sometimes
hypersensitive. If you touch them unexpectedly or startle them with a sudden
loud sound, they tend to flinch. The most sensitive individuals are not good
with small children.
Standard Poodles can get emotionally upset if there's too much activity or
conflict or roughhousing in your household -- they prefer peace and harmony.
do have to watch your lines: some Standard Poodle lines are high-strung,
nervous, even neurotic.
If you want a dog who...
medium to large, combining sturdiness and athleticism with elegance and grace
a short curly coat that is virtually non-shedding (the best coated breed for
in a variety of colors
lively and playful
one of the brightest and most attentive of all breeds, such a skilled reader of
body language and expression, that he often appears telepathic
easy to train and housebreak
usually polite with strangers and sociable with other animals
A Standard Poodle may be right for you.
Poodles like any other line may have health problems. We have not experienced health serious related issues in our dogs. They live with us in our home and you may see them.
Serious health problems. Inbreeding is extremely high in Standard Poodles, which has led to a host
of health problems becoming embedded in the gene pool. Standards are at risk
for eye diseases, skin diseases, digestive diseases, immune system diseases,
seizures, and more.