The Standard Poodle is a medium to large-sized dog, with a profuse, but well groomed and clipped, wiry curly coat. This is an active, intelligent and elegant appearing dog, squarely built, well-proportioned, moving soundly and carrying itself proudly. It still retains its ability as a gundog and is a very good swimmer.
This dog is highly intelligent and eager to learn which makes it popular in obedience trails. This breed is steady, smart and loyal. This is a happy, good-tempered dog and makes an excellent family pet. There are three varieties of Poodle: Toy, Miniature, and Standard. The three sizes are considered one breed and are judged by the same standard. Today, the Poodle is primarily a companion and show dog, though it can learn almost anything.
All solid colors are permissible: black, blue, silver, gray, cream, apricot, red, white, brown, or cafe-au-lait.
Very profuse and dense, harsh texture, either curly or corded. Extensive grooming is needed. It must be bathed regularly and clipped every six to eight weeks. The traditional clips were developed to lighten the weight of the coat for swimming and protection to the joints and major organs from cold, but many owners opt for the plain lamb clip - the same length all over, because it is easier and more economical to maintain. This breed sheds little to no hair and is good for allergy sufferers. The Poodle's coat may be groomed into three basic styles: - the "pet clip" or puppy clip (under 12 months), with relatively short hair all over the body - the "English saddle" clip, - the "Continental" clip with the rear half of the body shaved, bracelets left around the ankles and pom-poms left on the tails and hips. All other clips are not admissible in shows.
Generally a healthy, long-lived breed. Nevertheless, subject to many genetic diseases. Cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy may cause blindness, allergies and skin conditions (possibly due to unskilled use of clippers or allergies to shampoo and/or color reinforcer). It is also prone to hip dysplasia, runny eyes and ear infections, PRA., and Von Willebrand's Disease. Prone to bloat, so it is wise to feed your Standard Poodle 2-3 small meals a day, rather then one large one. Brown Poodles tend to become prematurely gray.
To minimize the risk of your Poodle developing any hereditary health issues, you should buy a puppy from a reputable breeder.