Black Standard Poodle Breeders
- The athletic Standard Poodle is the largest variety of the Poodle breed. While any Poodle over 15 inches is classed as a Standard size, most will grow up to 24 inches tall, and weigh 40 to 70 pounds when full grown. This is an energetic, playful canine, that needs more exercise than the miniature and toy poodle breeds. But with the right training and grooming, these loyal and agile dogs make great low allergen pets for an active family.
- We are going to be looking at the origins of the Standard Poodle, their behavior traits, health, personality and needs. We’ll share tips on raising and bonding with your pet and on avoiding common problems. And we’ll look at what it takes to keep that curly coat in order!
- Modern Standard Poodles are members of the non-sporting group of companion dogs, and have a long history of being hard-working, proud water retrievers. Famous for the show ring continental clip seen in the fascinating video below, most family poodles are better suited to the sport clip.
- We’ll talk more about coats in a moment, but we’ll start by exploring the origins of the poodle breed
Quick Stats: Standard Poodle
|Popularity:||Top 10 most popular breeds in America|
|Purpose:||Non-sporting group, most common as a family pet|
|Weight:||40 – 70 pounds|
|Height:||Anything over 15 inches|
|Temperament:||Loyal, energetic, and intelligent|
|Coat:||Tightly curled, low shedding, low allergen coat|
The Standard Poodle’s distinctive continental cut seen in the video above and in show rings around the world, has evolved from the way poodles were shaved by their hunter owners in the past.
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Owners clipped their Poodles’ rear ends to make it easier for them to swim and retrieve waterfowl. The bands left at their ankles are supposed to have kept their joints warm in the harsh waters.
Most modern poodles are pets of course, and will benefit from an all over clipping or what’s known as a sport cut or clip, every four to six weeks throughout the year.
Standard Poodle History
- The standard poodle is the original version of the poodle. It probably descended from the Barbet, a curly-coated dog found in France, Russia, Hungary, Germany and elsewhere in Europe.
- The German version of the Barbet became the dog we now know as the Poodle.
- The original poodle was a water dog known for its retrieving abilities. In fact, the word “poodle” comes from the German word “pfudel,” which means “puddle” or “to splash,” a reference to the poodle’s ability as a water retriever.
- In France, the poodle was known as the caniche or chien canard, both names in reference to its duck-hunting ability.
- The poodle later worked as a circus performer, military dog, guard dog and guide dog.
- The poodle’s hair cut originated as a working clip for retrieving in cold water. The hair was cropped close to cut down on its weight and drag, but left longer over the head and chest for warmth. Although it’s often claimed the hair was left longer on the joints and tail tip for warmth and protection, evidence suggest that the style arose later, as decoration when the poodle became a performing circus dog. Regardless, the clip became more accentuated over time.
- The French aristocracy became enamored with the poodle and adopted it as its own. It eventually became the national dog of France.
- The AKC recognized the poodle in 1887. Only later did they split the breed into three varieties according to size.
- After a period in the 1920s during which they almost vanished from the American scene, poodles staged a comeback in the 1930s.
- Poodles were the most popular breed in America from 1960 to 1982, the longest continuous run of any breed, although standards were not as popular as the other sizes.
Pros And Cons of Getting A Standard Poodle
|Full of energy||Potentially too boisterous for young kids|
|Loyal and loving||Prone to some serious health issues|
|Low shedding coats||High maintenance in terms of grooming|
Standard Poodle Appearance
|Size:||Medium to large|
|Height:||Over 15 inches|
|Weight:||40 – 70 pounds|
|Color:||Wide variety of colors|
|Markings:||Often bi-colored, can have white markings|
|Coat type:||Curly fur which can be kept long or clipped short|
What to Expect
- Standard Poodles are well proportioned dogs. That is, they are tall with even legs and backs, and a proud stature.
- Their eyes are dark ovals, and their ears hang close to their heads. Their skulls are rounded, but with defined flat cheekbones. Overall, they give the impression of elegance and grace.
- Their coats come in two different types: curly or corded.
- The curly Poodle coat is harsh and dense all over, with an even spread of fur.
- On the other hand, the corded Standard Poodle has a coat of tight cords. They also have longer fur on their heads and bodies, but shorter on their ankles.
Standard Poodle Colors
These dogs come in a fabulous range of colors, from beautiful the red Standard Poodle to the deep black Standard Poodle
For example, they can come in any of the following solid colors:
- Silver Beige
The apricot Standard Poodle is a popular choice for mixed breed dogs, like the Labradoodle.
But There’s More!
There is also a range of bi-colored Poodles:
- Black and Apricot/Brown/Cream/Gray/Red/Silver/Tan/White
- Blue and White
- Brown and Apricot/White
- Cafe Au Lait
- Cream and White
- Gray and White
- Red and Apricot/White
- White and Apricot/Silver
Standard Poodles can also be a mix of colors, usually expressed by distinct markings.
For example, a black Standard Poodle might have white markings, or a red Standard Poodle could have black accents. These could be in the form of:
- Black markings, mask or points; or
- White markings or mask.
Today, Standard Parti Poodles (two colors with at least 50% white) are also increasingly popular, but fairly rare. This color type is not currently specified in the show breed standards.
But, it is in-demand among Poodle puppy buyers.
Standard Poodle Size
- Standard Poodles will grow to a minimum of 15 inches tall at the shoulder. Anything under this is classed as a Miniature Poodle.
- But, Standard Poodle size can be anywhere up to 24 inches at the shoulder.
- This height difference is the main distinguishing feature between the Standard Poodle and the other Poodle sizes. Otherwise, everything else is the same
- This particular breed usually weighs around 60 pounds; but Standard Poodle weight can vary a lot because their heights can vary considerably.
Standard Poodle Grooming
- Coat is curly, harsh and dense.
- Brushing and combing every other day is necessary to prevent matting.
- Most people have their dogs professionally clipped every six weeks.
- Most people opt for a sporting clip where the hair is fairly short all over.
- Originally, poodle’s coats were corded, so they hung in long dreadlocks. This takes a lot of work and is difficult to wash, so the style has fallen out of favor.
- Shedding is below average.
- The eyes should be checked regularly for hair or lashes that may irritate their surface.
- Hair growing inside the ears may need to be plucked out or clipped.
- While no dog is non-allergenic, poodles seem to cause allergic reactions in fewer people.
Suggested Standard Poodle Nutritional Needs
- Poodles tend to stay in good weight. The thick coat can sometimes obscure weight problems, so be sure to use your hands to feel.
- Adult dogs should be fed a balanced diet, with restricted calories if the dog starts to gain too much weight.
There are three types of seizures in dogs: reactive, secondary, and primary. Reactive seizures are caused by the brain’s reaction to a metabolic problem like low blood sugar, organ failure, or a toxin. Secondary seizures are the result of a brain tumor, stroke, or trauma. If no other cause can be found, the disease is called primary or idiopathic epilepsy. This problem is often an inherited condition, and Standard Poodles are commonly afflicted. If your friend is prone to seizures, episodes will usually begin between six months and three years of age. An initial diagnostic workup may help find the cause. Lifelong medication is usually necessary to help keep seizures under control with periodic blood testing required to monitor side effects and efficacy. If your dog has a seizure, carefully prevent him from injuring himself, but don’t try to control his mouth or tongue. It won’t help him, and he may bite you accidentally! Note the length of the seizure, and call us or an emergency hospital.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) is a genetic condition that leads to blindness in dogs.
- Fortunately, there is a DNA test for PRA, and you should ensure that both of your Poodle’s parents have had this test.
- You should ask for proof that the puppy’s parents are “both clear” or “one clear and one carrier”.
- There is no test for cataracts, but you can tell how healthy an adult dog’s eyes are with a veterinary eye test.
- Make sure that both parents have had eye examinations in the past year. The breeder should have certificates for these to show you.
Dental disease is the most common chronic problem in pets, affecting 80% of all dogs by age two. Unfortunately, your Standard Poodle is more likely than other dogs to have problems with her teeth. Dental disease starts with tartar build-up on the teeth and progresses to infection of the gums and roots of the teeth. If we don’t prevent or treat dental disease, your buddy may lose her teeth and be in danger of damage to her kidneys, liver, heart, and joints. In fact, your Poodle’s life span may even be cut short by one to three years! We’ll clean your dog’s teeth regularly and let you know what you can do at home to keep those pearly whites clean.
- Like many large pedigree breeds, the Standard Poodle can suffer from hip dysplasia. This is a condition where a malformation of the hip joint causes osteoarthritis, pain and loss of movement.
- You can significantly reduce the chances of getting a Poodle with hip dysplasia by only buying a puppy from parents with good hip scores.
- For instance, if you are In the US, make sure both parents’ hips are graded “Excellent” or “Good”.
- The breed median for a Poodle in the UK is 11, so only buy a puppy from parents whose scores are both under 11. The lower the better.
- Bloat is a common issue in several large breeds of dog. It occurs when gas causes the stomach to become distended.
- To help avoid bloat, feed your dog several smaller meals a day. You can feed him at ground level and, if necessary, put his food into a slow-feed bowl.
- Addison’s Disease is an adrenal hormone disorder that causes problems with the dog’s blood composition.
- Symptoms can be quite vague and hard for the vet to diagnose. These symptoms include lethargy, gastro-intestinal issues, a low temperature and pain.
- There is no current DNA test for Addison’s. So, you will need to ask about family
- Sebaceous adenitis is an inflammatory skin disease that can affect Poodles. It can cause itching, hair loss, infections, blistering and scaling of the skin.
- There is not currently a DNA test for sebaceous adenines. So, it is important to ask your breeder whether any dogs in the line had skin problems.
- If they did, then you should find another line to buy your puppy from.
Autoimmune Haemolytic Anemia
- Also known as Immune-Mediated Haemolytic Anemia, this condition occurs when the dog’s immune system destroys its own oxygen-carrying red blood cells.
- It causes the dog to become lethargic and to have abnormal breathing/pulse rates and pale gums.
- There is no current DNA test for Autoimmune Haemolytic Anemia. So, you will need to ask about family history.
Importance of Health Testing
To sum up, your puppy’s parents should have had the following tests:
- Hip scores
- Annual eye exams
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy DNA Test
- Von Willebrand’s Disease DNA Test
The Standard Poodle Club is currently funding new DNA research to help with these issues.
What is the Standard Poodle Lifespan?
- The average Standard Poodle lifespan is around 12 years.
- They have shorter lifespans than their Miniature counterparts, who live on average 14 years.
- But, of course, with good general care and a puppy from a reputable breeder, your Standard Poodle could live well into their teens.
- We recommend you consider all of these health concerns and care requirements if you are introducing a puppy to your family.
- Standard Poodle care is very important.
- These are not low maintenance dogs. They require daily exercise, training, grooming and frequent company throughout the day.
- You should check your Poodle’s ears and eyes regularly to ensure that they are clean and clear.
- Similarly, if you want to buy a Standard Poodle, it is essential that you are prepared to commit to keeping its high-maintenance coat in a good condition.
- Standard Poodles are known to be a non-shedding breed, but this isn’t strictly true.
- Their curly coats catch loose hairs and prevent the excessive molting that most other breeds of dog experience.
- So, it is very important to practice regular grooming and clipping.
- Most pet dog owners will have their Standard Poodle clipped to an even length all over.
- You will need to clip their coat at least once every four weeks to keep it manageable.
- Alternatively, you can use a dog grooming service that is experienced with Poodle fur.
- In the meantime, take particular care to ensure that the coat is not getting into their eyes and irritating them or becoming matted around the feet or legs.
Do Standard Poodles Make Good Family Pets?
- Standard Poodles are intelligent and active dogs. They also need a lot of time and attention from their families.
- For example, this breed is not suited to homes where its owners are out all day. In this situation, they will quickly become bored and potentially destructive or depressed.
- Instead, they are best suited to very active homes, with a keen interest in training. Ideally, the Poodle’s family will be able to dedicate plenty of physical and mental energy to their canine friend.
- Standard Poodles generally get along well with calm, sensible children. They are gentle by nature, but also quite tall so can be physically imposing to a small kid.
Homes with Small Children
- Young Poodles, much like any juvenile dog, can be very bouncy. A lively young dog may need to be physically separated from a small child to prevent accidents.
- It is important to remember that any dog, however reliable they may seem, should be supervised around small children.
- This is because dogs and children can accidentally injure each other; keeping a close eye will ensure that you avoid any potential problems or stress for the dog.
- Poodles can also be a little sensitive to children’s sudden noises and unpredictable movements.
- They can have some guarding instincts, although these tend to be more in the vocal watchdog area.
Rescuing a Standard Poodle
- There are many benefits to rescuing a Standard Poodle instead of buying one.
- For starters, you will also know whether an adult Poodle has any behavioral or temperament problems.
- This will give you a good idea if it’s a good fit for your family, especially if you have young kids.
Finding a Standard Poodle Rescue Center
This is a popular breed, so finding a Standard Poodle rescue shouldn’t be too hard. In fact, many countries have breed centers dedicated to the Poodle breed.
Here are some to get your search started.
|USA||Carolina Poodle Rescue, Standard Poodle Rescue|
|UK||Poodle Network UK, Poodles in Need UK, Doodle Trust|
|Canada||Standard Poodles in Need|
|Australia||Poodle Rescue Queensland|
If you know of any other reputable Poodle rescues, leave their names in the comments so we can add them to this list.
Finding a Standard Poodle Puppy
- Standard Poodle puppies are all beautiful. However, don’t let their cute faces distract you from their health and temperament.
- Your best chance at getting a healthy puppy is to make sure that the Standard Poodle breeders have carried out all available tests on both parents, and to ask lots of questions.
- For instance, ask about their family history to try and rule out the chances of certain conditions being passed along.
- Also, pay attention to ads that mention if parents are fully health tested. This will often mean that the hip scores and eye tests have been taken care of. However, it doesn’t mean that vWD and PRA DNA tests have been performed.
- When you have found a breeder who fully health tests, you will probably have to go on a waiting list for a puppy.
- While you wait, arrange to meet the breeder and their dogs. Make sure that the parents are confident and laid back characters.
- For instance, you wouldn’t expect a Standard Poodle to be overly pushy with strangers. However, they should have a relaxed wagging tail, open mouth and cheerful demeanour.
Where to Avoid
- All Poodle pups are gorgeous. But when you visit your puppy’s litter they should also be alert, bright eyed and bold.
- It’s important that you’re aware of places like puppy mills and puppy farms. These breeders will just breed puppies for a profit, with no regard for good health or temperament.
- Getting a puppy from these places may be cheaper up front, but ultimately could set you up for big problems later in your dog’s life.
- Avoid puppy mills and pet stores when searching for your puppy.
Standard Poodle Price
- Standard Poodle breeders have a range of prices.
- For example, in the USA you can expect to spend anything from $1,500 to $3,000 on a puppy from health-tested parents.
- On the other hand, in the UK, the average Standard Poodle ranges from £850 to £1,200.
- Health testing, vet checks and good food are all costly necessities.
- Prices can vary depending on local demand, puppy parentage, pedigree dogs, more.
- The price of a Standard Poodle puppy might seem high, but it is small in comparison to what you will spend on them over the course of your lives together.
Raising a Standard Poodle Puppy
Caring for a vulnerable puppy is a big responsibility. There are some great guides to help you with all aspects of puppy care and training.
- Puppy Care
- Potty Training Schedules
- Stopping Puppy Biting
Popular Standard Poodle Breed Mixes
Standard Poodle mixes are very popular right now. Check out our guide to Poodle mixes here.
Some common Standard Poodle mixes include:
These dogs can make wonderful pets, too. But, you must be sure to research them as thoroughly as you would a purebred Standard Poodle.
For example, make sure that the parents have had health tests relevant to their breed.
Comparing the Standard Poodle with Other Breeds
- Take a look at our article comparing Poodles and Labradoodles for a breakdown of the main differences and similarities.
- You might also be interested in checking out other large dog breeds.
- Or looking at the pros and cons of Miniature and Toy Poodles.
Standard Poodle Products and Accessories
Here’s our list of accessories and products that we recommend for this breed.
- Shampoo for Poodles
- Brushes for curly coats
- Stopping Puppy Biting
- Indestructible dog toys
- Puppy Care
- Potty Training Schedules
These breeds share some similar characteristics with the Standard Poodle.
- Lagotto Romagnolo
- Labrador Retriever
- Toy Poodle
- Miniature Poodle
Once you have made your mind up, it’s time to get prepared with some doggie accessories.
Do you have a Standard Poodle at home?
Let us know why you decided to go for a Standard instead of a smaller Poodle breed, and how your experience has been with this lovely breed.