A healthy Standard Poodle may live as long as 14 years you are not just buying a cute puppy, you are buying a dog
for LIFE. The following information is provided to help you make a decision about bringing a Standard Poodle into your life.
There are many reputable Standard Poodle breeders. We encourage you to talk to a number of them and be sure you feel
comfortable with whomever you choose. Please start your search early as the breeder of your choice
may not be breeding quite yet and probably has a waiting list. You may have to wait awhile. Most breeders,
myself included, love to get pictures and letters from puppy owners letting them know how the poodle is doing.
Non-shedding Standard Poodles do not shed and for some people it is an important consideration
to have a house dog that does not leave a trail of hair behind.
Non-Allergenic For many allergy sufferers the poodle is an ideal pet as their coat quality is
such that it does not irritate those who may suffer from allergies.
Grooming Because they don't shed Standard Poodles do need regular grooming. This includes
brushing, bathing and clipping. Your Standard Poodle should get brushed and combed at least once a week. While bathing
is not too difficult, drying and clipping is often a problem. To properly dry your dog you should have a good dog dryer
(your hand held human hair dryer is not usually sufficient). It is difficult to get a nice smooth finish on the coat
without a good clipper with proper blades and the knowledge of how to use them. A professional dog groomer should be
utilized at least every 5/6 weeks or be prepared to spend some money on grooming equipment and lessons.
Intelligence Standard Poodles are among the most intelligent of breeds. They learn
very quickly. Most Standard Poodles also have a good sense of fun. They tend to be quite sensitive to their owners moods
and will adapt their approach accordingly. Although their intelligence makes them easy to train, it will also challenge you
to keep a step ahead of them. They require more intellectual challenges to keep them from inventing their
Versatile Standard Poodles can perform a variety of activities.
They can sit with you while you watch TV or they can hike with you if that is your preference.
Poodles are said to have originated in Germany, and were used extensively throughout Europe for retrieving game, especially
in the water. Their protective attitude also appeals to many people. Breeders believe larger poodles, and especially
the standard, are suited to families with children.
A Standard Poodle is not recommended for those who are not able to provide companionship for their dog. This is
not a breed that you can put out in a run in the back yard and ignore. They are very people oriented and need to spend
a significant amount of time with their people. If you cannot make a commitment to give time to your Standard Poodle
then this may not be an appropriate choice for you.
Size The Standard Poodle is preferred by those who want a more substantial dog. Their size
does give them a somewhat different temperament from the toy and miniature poodles.
Color The Standard Poodle comes in most of the same colors as the other sizes of poodles. Black
and cream are the most common but apricot, brown, silver, blue, cafe-au-lait can also be found.