Learn, Laugh & Love All Things Poodle
Are you a poodle owner and passionate about your dog? Or interested in learning more about poodles? You’ve come to the right place!
Even though we specialize in the Standard Poodle much of the information and community on this site applies to all three sizes of the poodle breed. Some information pertains to any breed of dog.
Note that if you’re interested in buying a standard poodle puppy … we don’t sell puppies.
But if you’re wondering about the care and commitment involved in owning a poodle, read on. We have loads of great information.
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The Poodle Breed
The Poodle is one breed (not three), having three varieties within the breed:
- Standard Poodle – Over 15 inches at highest point of the shoulder
- Miniature Poodle – At or under 15 inches at highest point of the shoulder
- Toy Poodle – At or under 10 inches at highest point of the shoulder
The “Designer” Royal Standard and Teacup Poodles are not AKC recognized varieties of the breed.
Standard Poodle – A Great Family Pet
Because most standard poodles have a very positive mental attitude (happy go lucky), they are friendly, playful and interactive with both children and adults.
They need quality time with their human companions each day and are not happy if left alone for long periods of time.
No Poodle – regardless of size – should be considered a good choice as an “outdoor dog”.
Standard poodles are high energy without being “High Strung”. Like many other large-breed dogs, they are calm-natured, able to spend hours at a time just laying at your side. Your companionship is what they crave.
They are very aware of their own body space and never seem to disrupt furnishings in the home, even while leaping about. Being a very gentle dog – also referred to as “soft-mouthed” – they make a great family pet.
Poodles carry themselves with an air of dignity that sets them apart from all other dogs.
Poodles are Very Intelligent
A Poodles’ intelligence is surpassed only by that of the border collie. So they are very easy to train and love to be mentally stimulated. They need mental and physical activity daily to prevent them from becoming bored or destructive. They excel in obedience and agility classes.
- Obedience – We recommend that you begin early with obedience training – starting with puppy manners – and then advancing through beginner, intermediate and advanced obedience. An obedient dog is much more pleasant to take along on outings away from home.
- Agility – Poodles love to play and have great athletic ability. Agility training is a fun, stimulating way for owner and poodle to spend quality time and bond together.
- Hunting – What is not well known is that Standard Poodles are also waterfowl retrievers. They are “soft-mouthed”, have strong prey and play drives, stamina, problem-solving skills and are very high energy (great qualities for a hunting dog).
Learn more about standard poodle hunting achievements in this great article by Monte Burke.
- Search and Rescue – For the same reasons listed above, they also perform well in search and rescue. They are a recognized operational ARDA (American Rescue Dog Association) dog breed.
Check out Lacey’s introductory class for Search and Rescue. She was the only poodle in a class full of german shepperds. But she competed right along with the best of them!
Lacey’s trainer was Lori at Sunshine Kennels and K9 Training in Luck, WI.
Poodle Grooming is High Maintenance
I’m not gonna kid you. Standard Poodles are very high maintenance dogs when it comes to grooming.
- Brushing – Depending on the length of coat, they will need to be brushed out at least twice a week.
- Ears – About once a week, their ears should be checked and cleaned as needed.
- Nails – Nails will need to be trimmed about every 3-4 weeks (depending on your dogs level of activity, especially outside on pavement).
- Teeth – Ideally, you should brush your dog’s teeth every day, but for sure every 48-72 hours. Brushing will help prevent Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease which can begin to develop before the age of 2.
- Clipping – They’ll be heading to the groomers for a bath and clipping about every 4 to 6 weeks (or you could choose to do that yourself, as I have).
Poodle Health Concerns
When considering a new poodle puppy, it’s important to find a breeder that performs genetic testing on their breeding stock to ensure healthy puppies free of inherited diseases.
With a conscientious breeding program, the risk of the following poodle disorders can be minimized:
The Poodle Club of America provides more information on these and other diseases common to the poodle breed.
But we’ve dedicated this site to The Incredible Standard Poodle.
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Best Wishes to you and your four-legged friend!