While learning about large breed dogs, the Standard Poodle is one not to be missed. When we think of Poodles, many of envision the teeny tiny teacup Poodles, or a large Poodle groomed to a T with a fancy haircut. The thing is, Standard Poodles are actually incredibly smart dogs that derive from working breed lines. These means they’re anything but delicate and fragile.
Standard Poodles are gaining popularity in recent years because they are a hypoallergenic large-breed dog. According to the AKC, they rank in the top 10 most popular dog breeds.
We see a lot of crossbreeding with Poodles to create Labradoodles, Golden Doodles, and more, but a Standard Poodle all on its own is a great choice. Let’s learn more about this highly intelligent breed!
Physical Traits and Health of Standard Poodles
Poodles come in three different sizes, but the Standard Poodle is the largest. By breed standards they have a shoulder height of 15 inches or taller, maxing at around a 24-inch shoulder height. That’s a tall dog! These dogs have an average weight of about 60 lbs and are known for their tall, slender and well-proportioned bodies. Their average lifespan is about 12 years (source).
Standard Poodles will either have curly or corded coats. If your Poodle has a curly coat, it will be even and dense all over. Corded coats have a coat of tight cords that is shorter around the ankles and longer on their heads and bodies (source).
They come in a variety of colors including red, black, white, gray, cream, brown, beige, and silver. They may also have a mix of color combinations such as brown and white, red and white, black and brown, and even more.
Poodles, like many purebred dogs, are at a higher risk for certain health issues such as hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy (which can lead to blindness) and Von Willebrand’s Disease (a blood clotting disorder). However, if you get your Standard Poodle form a reputable breeder, and ask about instances of these diseases in their bloodlines, you may be able to avoid them (source).
Personality and Lifestyle of Standard Poodles
Because Poodles are very smart and athletic, they require interactive exercise every day. They like to move their bodies, run, and use their minds. For this reason, games of fetch and agility courses are great exercise options for this breed. Poodles are also known to make excellent running or jogging companions and enjoy swimming.
Poodles are very easy to train and respond well to positive reinforcement style training. They are people-oriented dogs that want to please their family and owners. By starting young and staying consistent with your training efforts, you can easily maintain a very well-trained Poodle.
Poodles are not known to be aggressive but are good watchdogs because of their protective instincts. They are generally quiet throughout the day, but they will bark enthusiastically when startled or when visitors come to your home.
Drawbacks to Standard Poodles
Standard Poodles are excellent pets because of their intelligence, eagerness to please, and hypoallergenic coats, but like with any breed, there are some drawbacks. Poodles are not what you’d call a low-maintenance dog.
Their coats require regular grooming and clipping, at least every 4-6 weeks to avoid matting. They require a good dose of daily exercise and mental stimulation, so be sure you are ready for that commitment before getting a Standard Poodle.
This breed thrives on companionship, which makes them prone to separation anxiety. Some describe Poodles as being hypersensitive to sounds and sudden movements, which can mean they aren’t a great fit for families with very young children (source) because of the unpredictable energy children bring. They do better in homes that are calm and peaceful.
Thinking about a Standard Poodle for your family?
Standard Poodles are loved by many families. You’ll enjoy constant companionship and a dog that’s easy to train and eager to please. If you are active, your Poodle will love to join you on runs, hikes, and long walks. Just be sure you understand the commitment to their coat, physical needs, and personality before choosing a Poodle for your family.
Do you have a Standard Poodle in your pack? We’d love to hear about them below!