The Standard Poodle is commonly known for its beauty, sophistication, and intelligence. Most commonly seen in dog shows around the world, Poodles excel in performance sports and receive a grade “A” when it comes to training them.
Don’t judge a Standard Poodle by its dainty appearance though because these dogs have a high stamina and a multitude of skills. Fun fact: Poodles were originally bred as water retrievers and the English name “Poodle” actually derives from the German word Pudel meaning “to splash in the water.”
Much like the smaller Miniature Poodle and even smaller Toy Poodle, these dogs love to be around people and form bonds with more than one person. They are truly the perfect family dog.
Lifestyle and Living Environment
Poodles adapt to any living environment, whether it's an apartment or a grand estate. The two most important things to remember are that they require both regular exercise and human companionship. In fact, they prefer to constantly be surrounded by family and can get quite agitated and distressed when left alone for the majority of the day. Poodles are high maintenance dogs when it comes to grooming and most owners pay a professional to take care of it for them. Don't let this put you off however - there are many ways to style the coat for easier and less frequent care.
Common Health Issues
Standard Poodles are prone to: Addison’s disease, Bloat, Thyroid (Hyperthyroid and Hypothyroid), Hip Dysplasia, Collapsed Trachea, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Sebaceous Adenitis, Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, Epilepsy.