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.

Explore our site to learn all about the care and tools needed for your standard poodle.

Standard Poodle Hunting Dog

Save Hundreds on Professional Poodle Grooming by Learning to Do it Yourself!

This is a skill that anybody can learn. Follow this checklist and other helpful tips throughout our site to discover how rewarding poodle grooming can be:

Poodle Grooming - Standard Poodle - Dog brushing on grooming table

  • Brushing - Depending on the length of coat, your poodle should be brushed out at least twice a week (using a slicker brush and other recommended dog brushes).
  • 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 - A poodle should be bathed and clipped about every 3 to 6 weeks.

The Poodle Breed

Standard Poodle - Black - Colorful Bird - ParrotThe Poodle is one breed - not three - having three varieties within the breed.

Even though people often think of the standard poodle, the miniature poodle, and the toy poodle separately, the AKC standard is the same for all three varieties (except as it relates to size).

  • 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 Temperament - A Great Family Pet

Duluth Travel With Standard PoodleBecause 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 have a lot of energy, but they are not "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.

Trainability - 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.
Standard Poodle - White poodle with sunglasses

  • 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!

Take the Next Doggie Step to Learn More About Standard Poodles:

We LOVE all things poodle - whether it be a cute little toy poodle that you can even tuck into your purse, those darling miniature poodles that make the BEST lap companions, or the very regal standard poodle.

But we've dedicated this site to "The Incredible Standard Poodle". Thanks for visiting. I hope you find everything you’re looking for and more.

Best wishes to you and your four-legged friend!


Whoever said you can’t buy happiness …forgot little puppies.Gene Hill