Poodle - Standard

This elegant, active and bright dog has a slender muzzle and long neck. The coat is naturally curly and dense. Poodles are sociable pooches. With a friendly nature and a love of games, Poodles are great for families with kids—providing the environment is stable and relaxed.

Other Names
Carniche, Barbone, Pudel
Country of Origin
Germany
Colour
Black, white, blue, gray, silver, brown, café-au-lait, apricot and cream. The colour will fade on all coats (apart from the whites) on reaching the age of 4 to 5.
Size
Large
Height / Weight
38 cms at the withers and weighs in between 20.5 to 32 kgs. Most Standards are considerably taller than the official minimum height.
Health
All poodles are prone to eye problems such as cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy. Epilepsy is another disease that plagues all the varieties. Standards are also subject to bloat, as any deep chested large dog is. Addison’s disease is another problem in Standard Poodles.
Life Span
10-14 years
Intelligence
Highly trainable, clever Poodles are skilful in many dog sports such as obedience, tracking, agility and even herding. Many pet owners, using gentle and consistent training methods,have seen their poodles excel in obedience trials, flyball and agility.
Exercise
Medium
Suitability (Children)
Low
Feeding

Large, deep chested dogs should be fed carefully to avoid bloat. Two meals per day is safer than one large meal.

Feeding Cost
$15-$20 p/w
Other Cost
Excercise
Poodles need an adequate amount of exercise and space. Most of them love to swim and to retrieve so do take care when near water to ensure their safety.
Ailments
All poodles are prone to eye problems such as cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy. Epilepsy is another disease that plagues all the varieties. Standards are also subject to bloat, as any deep chested large dog is. Addison’s disease is another problem in Standard Poodles.
Hair Shed
Little
Grooming

Poodles don't tend to shed so they can be tolerated by allergic people. Their coats generally need professional grooming, as well as regular at-home combing and brushing. Poodles should be clipped every 6-8 weeks. The poodle’s ears need frequent cleaning to avoid infection and, especially in the smaller poodles, daily teeth brushing is recommended or tartar will build up rapidly and lead to gingivitis.

Grooming Frequency
Few times a week
Trimming
Occassional
The Standard Poodle is the oldest of the three poodle sizes, with the miniature and toy varieties developing later. While some say Poodles originated in France, others say they come from Germany. It's a mystery! Traditionally the Standard Poodle was a gun dog—used for duck and bird hunting, but during the late 19th century they were mores used in circuses as symbols of the wealthy.


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