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

History and Original Purpose

The American Kennel Club first recognized the Poodle as a breed in 1887. The Standard Poodle is thought to have originated from Germany as a breed of water retriever. The word Poodle probably comes from the German word Pudel.

Some argue that the poodle is a descendent of the French Barbet dog. What we do know is that this is an old breed, with a history stretching back to the 15th century at least.

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.

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 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



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