The Poodle is an ancient breed, which comes in three subspecies: Standard, Miniature and Toy. The Poodle Standard is this oldest and largest representative of this dog breed, once very popular with high society. Traditionally, this dog was used as a gun dog or water retrieval, specifically for hunting ducks. Poodle Standards have long been known as versatile dogs, capable of performing a variety of tasks. Besides, they are wonderful companions.
Height: 14-15 inches Weight: 45-55 pounds Lifespan: 12-15 years
The Poodle Standard is flexible, athletic and elegant in his appearance. This breed is considered to be one of the most intelligent and attentive dog breeds. Poodle Standards are playful, joyous and have a special sense of humor. These dogs carry themselves with dignity. Comparable Breed: The Puli and Miniature Poodle.
The Poodle Standard is one of the most popular dog breeds in the world. This dog is truly devoted to its whole family and hence needs constant interaction with humans. The Poodle Standard gets very attached to its owner and may even suffer from a separation anxiety disorder. Poodle Standards are usually nice and quiet. Therefore, this breed is suitable for homes with other pets and children. Representatives of this breed are very distrustful with strangers, which makes them good guards. However, sometimes a Poodle Standard is prone to incessant, loud barking.
Coat / Care:
The Poodle Standard has a dense, stiff, curly coat. This breed comes in several colors, such as black, cream, gray, blue, white, apricot, red and brown. Also, the dog may have multicolored hair, but this color scheme is not standardized. Since Poodle Standards do not shed, they are rather easy to care. However, make sure to comb the dog on an everyday basis to prevent the hair from tangling. Professional trimming in every 6-8 weeks is required. For exhibitions, the Poodle Standard’s coat is cut in a special way, and the most popular types of cuts are called: Puppy Clip (for puppies), English Lion Clip and Continental Clip. Bathe your pet regularly, but make sure to use a mild shampoo. The Poodle’s teeth and ears require thorough care.
The Poodle Standard breed is prone to cataracts, hip dysplasia, retinal disease, diabetes, epilepsy, allergies and heart disease. The Poodle Standard has a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years.
The Poodle Standard is easy to train, because this breed seeks to please the master’s wishes. This dog must undergo early socialization and obedience training. Since Poodle Standards do not respond to harsh training methods, the coach must be fair, patient, tenacious and should treat the dog with respect. Representatives of this breed excel at learning various tricks, and they are very successful in different dog sports.
The Poodle Standard loves swimming, playing all sorts of games with the family, and it enjoys walking on a sturdy leash. Even though this breed is suitable for living in an apartment or townhouse, Poodle Standards thrive in the spacious yard, where they can run freely. Hence, these dogs need regular exercise in order to stay healthy and fit. Also, this will control the Poodle’s desire to bark.
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