The Standard Poodle with its signature curly but soft coat is one of the most recognizable breeds. The Standard Poodle is a large sized dog that is very athletic, loves water and is energetic and intelligent. The head is very classic in shape with a slight stop and long ears that frame the face. They eyes are oval shaped and tend to be very dark and almost sparkle with intelligence. The muzzle is somewhat tapered and long, but still proportional. The overall shape of the Poodle is a square with the length of the body the same as the height at the withers or front shoulder. The hair on the body is clipped or may be left natural and be rather long and curly. The tail is traditionally docked but is often now left long and natural. The coat may be any solid color including such colors as apricot, café au lait, white, chocolate, black or gray. Most poodles will be clipped in an overall short cut (sports clip or puppy clip) the show cut (Continental cut) or the English saddle cut.
Temperament of a Standard Poodle
The Standard Poodle is a very calm and dignified dog that still loves to get out and play with the family. They do not do well when left alone and need to be in the house with people as much as possible. They are highly intelligent and will often almost train themselves. They naturally housebreak themselves given the opportunity. Standard Poodles are patient and gentle dogs with children and are excellent companion dogs for other canines and non-canine pets. They will bark when strangers approach but are generally very accepting of people once they understand they are “safe” people. The Poodle should only be trained using positive training methods and should never be yelled at or treated harshly as they can become timid.
Grooming & Shedding of a Standard Poodle
When clipped, the Poodle has one of the easiest coats to care for. They do require regular, daily grooming to remove old and dead hair, and will need to be clipped every one and a half two months to maintain their coats. Unclipped Poodles require extensive daily grooming. Poodles need to be bathed regularly and care taken to remove all the hair from the ears to prevent wax build up and infections. All Poodles need regular home dental care and will usually require professional scaling to remove tartar from the teeth. Nails must be kept short to prevent foot problems. The Poodle does not shed as such and may be less allergic for many people.
History of the Standard Poodle
Although France lays claim to the Poodle breeds, there is some evidence that the breed may have been developed in Germany rather than France. It may have also been developed in Denmark as a hunting dog. The name Poodle is likely from the German word “Pudel”, and was used to identify these dogs because of their love for the water. Originally used as a gun and hunting dog, the Standard Poodle is still used in this capacity in some areas today. The clip that hunters used is also the traditional cut used on the breed, short on the body to lighten the weight of the coat in the water while still keeping the long hair on the legs to protect the joints from the cold water.