History The largest variety of Poodles, the Standard Poodle is over 15 “ in height at the shoulder. The name Poodle comes from the old german word “ pudelin”, which means to paddle. Some claim the poodle originated in France, others claim it is German in its ancestry. The coat was shaved into a functional “Historic” Continental clip to protect vital organs, provide buoyancy and help the dog to paddle through the water and turn. The Continental trim is commonly seen in show dogs as it is one of three accepted trims for Poodles in the Conformation ring.
Size Males on average 22-24 inches and weigh about 50-65 lbs Females on average 20-22 inches weigh 40-50 lbs There can be significant variation in size/ weight as standard poodles can range from 15” to over 26”
Coat and Colours These excellent retrievers have thick waterproof double coats and webbed feet to help retrieve waterfowl. Poodles come in a variety of solid colours and combination coat colours, such as black and white or other non solid coat colours. Poodles are often called hypo allergenic dogs. Strictly speaking no dog is truly hypo allergenic; all dogs have dander which is the protein responsible for allergic reactions. Poodles like some other breeds shed much less dander than their other doggie cousins so allergic individuals may tolerate a poodle in their lives.
Temperament and Trainability Poodles are highly intelligent, easily trainable dogs who are good-natured, adaptable and loving. The intelligent Poodle will have its owners trained in no time! Poodles are wonderful companion dogs who are good with children, other dogs and cats. Crate training is recommended for young puppies, as is a basic obedience class. Poodles excel at obedience, agility and retrieving; there are poodle representatives in most dog sports as well as service/therapy dogs. They make great travel and activity buddies, a truly versatile breed that adapts easily to whatever life brings.
Energy and Exercise Like humans, some poodles are more energetic than others and will benefit from more exercise. Most standard poodles need regular daily exercise; a walk or run, a good game of fetch with their human will do. Poodles are “house dogs” who are happiest in the midst of their families. Standard poodles are NOT suitable or happy as ‘ outdoor, back yard or garage dogs”. They like nothing better than an evening spent, snuggled beside you on the couch if they can.
Grooming Poodles do not shed their hair, the coat grows continuously so they DO require regular brushing and trips to the groomer. The coat should be thoroughly brushed weekly to keep it free from mats and tangles. Regular baths, clipping and coat trimming is done every 4-7 weeks. Trimming toenails and cleaning ears are important regular grooming tasks in this breed. You can also learn to groom your own poodle; books and online resources are available for learning.
Feeding Poodles do best on raw/ homemade dog food or high-quality kibble from a variety of protein sources.