No one breed of dog is perfect, but experts in dog information (not just Poodle information) will often claim that the Standard Poodle is close to canine perfection. This immensely popular and influential dog is one of the world’s favorite canine companions. The Standard Poodle is the oldest and largest of the Poodle types. The breed is so old its origins are mysterious. It was probably developed in Germany and not France (Poodle types are never to be referred to as French Poodles).
Standard Poodles are big dogs. If you are not used to living with big dogs, you will either need to the help of a professional trainer or cross your fingers. Big dogs like these need regular, vigorous exercise and need to be fed two or three small meals a day (instead of one big meal) in order to avoid bloat. The temperament of the Standard Poodles is excellent, and they like to learn things. This good temperament is even listed in the breed standard.
The body of the Standard Poodle basically looks like a hound in a long curly coat. The legs should be in proportion to the body, the topline (spine) should be level and the dog should stand squarely with their heads and tails naturally held up. When they trot, they often look like they are bouncing. The minimum height is fifteen inches at the shoulder – thankfully, there is no maximum limit. They can weigh anywhere from forty-five to seventy pounds.
And that coat! It’s actually hair and not fur, which is why all Poodle types are often recommended for those with dog allergies. This is where the Standard Poodle falls short of being a perfect dog – their coats require a lot of special attention. They need to go to a professional groomer every six to eight weeks. If this is ignored, the resulting mess will make the dog not only filthy, but also miserable and ill.
The breed standard of the Standard Poodle also lists temperament characteristics. The breed is gentle, extremely intelligent, easily trained and seem to live to be admired. Poodle information sources let you know that these are lively dogs that need regular exercise and daily walks. They love anything to do with water, including running on the beach and diving into the surf.
Standard Poodles are long-lived dogs (often nearing twenty years old), but are prone to some health problems. However, they are usually calm dogs and so going to the vet is usually not a big drama. They are prone to eye problems, skin problems, hip dysplasia, bloat (common in all breeds of dogs over fifty pounds), ear infections, runny eyes and Von Willebrand’s disease (a blood condition). These are all treatable conditions. Your Poodle will need to go to a professional groomer every six to eight weeks. This is one breed where it is not recommended for any amateurs to clip.
Lisa Collins has published hundreds of articles about dogs, including dozens on Standard Poodles. The many Poodle types must have a good sense of humor to put up with the way people clip them. There would be a lot fewer abandoned Poodles in the world if people knew basic Poodle information before they brought one home.