Poodle Standard Puppies

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An intelligent, athletic, and popular family dog

The Standard Poodle is recognized as one of the oldest dog breeds, and their intelligence and agreeable nature make them a favorite amongst families of all sizes. Their beautiful and curly coat is low-allergen, so they are a great choice for those with dog allergies. Don't let their dignified presence fool you, they are tons of fun and make great family dogs.

Poodle Standard At a Glance

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Poodle Standard At a Glance

  • Size: 21"-24", 45-70 lbs.
  • Lifespan: 12-15 years
  • Energy Level: high
  • Coat: Thick, curly, and wiry
  • Shedding: light
  • Hypoallergenic: Yes
  • Dog Group: Non-Sporting
  • Common Nicknames: Pudelhund, Caniche

Standard Poodle Breed Guide

Learn More About Standard Poodles

  • Temperament

    Standard Poodles are loving, loyal, playful, and affectionate. They enjoy being around people and other dogs and love to be the center of attention. Poodles are one of the smartest dog breeds, so don't be surprised if your Poodle tries to outsmart you (and succeeds!) Despite their intelligence and occasional stubbornness, Poodles are highly trainable and obedient. They love to please and are eager to learn. These dogs love having a job to do, and can easily be trained to perform various tasks like fetching the newspaper. Standard Poodles are energetic but remain fairly calm when kept busy and given enough physical and mental exercise.

  • Health

    Standard Poodles tend to be healthy dogs but may be susceptible to conditions like hip dysplasia, eye problems, bloat, sebaceous adenitis, immune-mediated diseases, idiopathic epilepsy, and von Willebrand's disease.

  • Activity Level

    Poodles have a lot of energy to burn and will need various forms of exercise and mental stimulation to keep them content. The Standard Poodle with need multiple walks a day, or frequent dog park visits, if it does not have a fenced-in yard it can run in. In addition to walks, Poodles enjoy accompanying their owners on jogs, swimming, and play that involves retrieving.

  • Grooming

    Despite being low shedding, the Poodle's curly coat does require a fair amount of maintenance to stay healthy. Professional grooming is recommended every 3 to 6 weeks, and their coat should be brushed daily. As with all breeds, their nails should be clipped regularly and their teeth should be brushed at least once a week.

  • Shedding

    The Poodle's low allergen coat sheds very little, and the hair they do shed typically falls into their curly coat. They aren't seasonal shedders, they lose their hair lightly year-round.

  • Appearance

    While Poodles can have a wide range of coat colors, the most common colors for Standard Poodles are black, brown, and white. This breed has a curly coat, dark eyes, a square body, and a long neck. Standard Poodles are tall and have slender, muscular bodies. These dogs are notorious for getting over-the-top and fancy trims.

  • History

    The Poodle is a breed with an extensive history and has been used for centuries to hunt waterfowl. It's unclear exactly where the Poodle originated, but many believe that the breed originated in Germany. The Poodle is likely a result of crosses between several types of European water dogs and gradually developed into its own distinct breed. The Standard Poodle is the oldest of the three varieties of the breed. While these dogs were popular in England and Spain, they were most well-known in France, especially adored by King Louis XVI. While no one is quite sure when exactly the Poodle arrived in the United States, it was recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1886. The Poodle was the most popular dog breed for two decades.