The Standard Poodle is a highly intelligent, active, playful & loving breed. This elegant dog loves to be around their family and does well with other dogs and children. Due to their hunting heritage, the Poodle will enjoy chasing animals such as squirrels or rabbits.
The Poodle has a single layer coat with no undercoat. They have fur that is composed of a dense, curly texture. The Poodle does not shed and can be considered hypoallergenic.
Poodles come in a wide variety of colors including white, cream, chocolate, red, black and even parti colored. Parti Poodles may have one solid color with patches of another color.
Pet clips are the less elaborate clipping of the Poodle. Such clips can be done every 6 to 8 weeks. Since their fur does not shed it can tend to tangle if not brushed weekly. This will also stimulate your dog and remove any excel dirt their coats may have picked up. Monthly bathing is also recommended.
The average life span of a Standard Poodle is 12 – 14 years. One common health issue for the Standard Poodle is Addison’s Disease. Other common health concerns for this breed are:
• Hip Dysplasia
• Progressive Retinal Astrophy
It is believed that the Poodle was first bred as a water retrieval and hunting dog during the 16th century in Germany. Some also believe they are related to the Portugese Water Dog. The Poodle also served as a hunting & retrieval dog in France.
The Standard Poodle was first registered by the AKC in 1887 and was Grouped as Non-Sporting.