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Standard Poodle

Poodle---Standard

An Intelligent Dog

Obedient, Playful, Smart

Standard Poodles are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Standard Poodles, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Standard Poodle and some can be quite irritating! 

Understanding their unique needs will help you keep them healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where the Standard Poodle came from, which health conditions are a risk to them and how to keep them feeling their best.

Breed Details

Height:15-20" Weight:40-70 lb Lifespan:12-15 years

Size
4

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
5

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
4

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
3

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
4

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
3

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: Standard Poodles are smart dogs with lots of energy, so keep their mind and body active, or they'll get bored. They love the water, and swimming is a great form of exercise for your Standard Poodle. They are also an athletic dog that excel at dog sports like obedience, agility, and even hunting.

Grooming: Regular brushing and grooming is needed to keep their coat beautiful.

Dental: Standard Poodles often have serious problems with their teeth, so you'll need to brush them at least three times a week.

Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

Standard Poodles are a joyful and clever companion that enjoy being the center of attention.

Positive Traits:

  • Energetic, active, and athletic

  • Hypoallergenic coat sheds very little

  • Above average intelligence and trainability when positive reinforcement training methods are used

  • Quirky, entertaining personality

  • People-oriented and eager to please

  • Good with children and other pets

Negative Traits:

  • Needs a lot of exercise and mental stimulation

  • Can be rambunctious and rowdy, especially as a younger dog

  • Sensitive by nature, a bit slow to mature

  • Has a tendency to bark quite a bit if not trained out of this habit

  • Prone to boredom and separation anxiety, with associated chewing and howling behaviors

  • Coat requires regular grooming

Whether you are considering adding a new Standard Poodle to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Standard Poodle will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.

By exploring the health concerns specific to the Standard Poodle you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They're counting on you to be their health expert.

Some health issues a Standard Poodle could encounter:

Bloat

Heart Disease

Eye Problems

Glaucoma

Cataracts

Hypoadrenocorticism (Addison's)

Hyperadrenocorticism (Cushing's)

The Standard Poodle is one of three Poodle varieties, all of which share the same breed standard and differ only in size. Poodles originated in Germany and were bred to hunt waterfowl. The characteristic “Poodle Clip” was developed by hunters to help the dog swim more efficiently, with hair left over the joints to protect them from the cold. Poodles are quick to learn and have a comical personality; the Standard Poodle is described as generally lower energy and calmer than the two smaller varieties. Standard Poodles are obedient, lively, and loyal family companions. The Standard Poodle is a generally healthy breed with an average lifespan of 12-15 years.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Standard Poodle shows signs of the following:

  • Dry heaving or a large, tight, painful abdomen

  • Fainting, collapse, breathing issues, cough

  • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

  • Squinting, watery eyes, bluing cornea, redness, enlarged eye

  • Cloudiness to eye lens

  • General listlessness, droopy facial expression, vomiting, diarrhea

  • Drinks and urinates more, eats more, potbelly, poor haircoat

  • Gums that are a color other than bright pink

  • General reluctance to run or play

  • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors

  • Increased hunger and thirst, weight loss

  • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing

  • Misplaced or missing teeth, bad breath, hair and food stuck between teeth

  • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

  • Care

    Routine Care: Standard Poodles are smart dogs with lots of energy, so keep their mind and body active, or they'll get bored. They love the water, and swimming is a great form of exercise for your Standard Poodle. They are also an athletic dog that excel at dog sports like obedience, agility, and even hunting.

    Grooming: Regular brushing and grooming is needed to keep their coat beautiful.

    Dental: Standard Poodles often have serious problems with their teeth, so you'll need to brush them at least three times a week.

    Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

  • Characteristics

    Standard Poodles are a joyful and clever companion that enjoy being the center of attention.

    Positive Traits:

    • Energetic, active, and athletic

    • Hypoallergenic coat sheds very little

    • Above average intelligence and trainability when positive reinforcement training methods are used

    • Quirky, entertaining personality

    • People-oriented and eager to please

    • Good with children and other pets

    Negative Traits:

    • Needs a lot of exercise and mental stimulation

    • Can be rambunctious and rowdy, especially as a younger dog

    • Sensitive by nature, a bit slow to mature

    • Has a tendency to bark quite a bit if not trained out of this habit

    • Prone to boredom and separation anxiety, with associated chewing and howling behaviors

    • Coat requires regular grooming

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Standard Poodle to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Standard Poodle will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.

    By exploring the health concerns specific to the Standard Poodle you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They're counting on you to be their health expert.

    Some health issues a Standard Poodle could encounter:

    Bloat

    Heart Disease

    Eye Problems

    Glaucoma

    Cataracts

    Hypoadrenocorticism (Addison's)

    Hyperadrenocorticism (Cushing's)

  • History

    The Standard Poodle is one of three Poodle varieties, all of which share the same breed standard and differ only in size. Poodles originated in Germany and were bred to hunt waterfowl. The characteristic “Poodle Clip” was developed by hunters to help the dog swim more efficiently, with hair left over the joints to protect them from the cold. Poodles are quick to learn and have a comical personality; the Standard Poodle is described as generally lower energy and calmer than the two smaller varieties. Standard Poodles are obedient, lively, and loyal family companions. The Standard Poodle is a generally healthy breed with an average lifespan of 12-15 years.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Standard Poodle shows signs of the following:

    • Dry heaving or a large, tight, painful abdomen

    • Fainting, collapse, breathing issues, cough

    • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

    • Squinting, watery eyes, bluing cornea, redness, enlarged eye

    • Cloudiness to eye lens

    • General listlessness, droopy facial expression, vomiting, diarrhea

    • Drinks and urinates more, eats more, potbelly, poor haircoat

    • Gums that are a color other than bright pink

    • General reluctance to run or play

    • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors

    • Increased hunger and thirst, weight loss

    • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing

    • Misplaced or missing teeth, bad breath, hair and food stuck between teeth

    • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

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