Bred in Germany as far back as the 1500's, the Standard Poodle is historic. Used for water retrieval, this breed became highly popular in France and soon became their National breed. In the 1700's this breed was used as working dogs in World War II along side of 31 other dog breeds used by the Army. It is believed that the Poodle was a descendent of the now extinct French Water Dog and the Hungarian Water Hound. Soon the French started using this breed in the circus due to its intelligence and today there are now 3 different types of Poodles you can own, including the Standard Poodle, Miniature Poodle, and the Toy Poodle.
The Poodle is a large breed, that is built tall and skinny. Males and females both typically weigh between 45 and 65 pounds, and stand at a minimum of 15 inches tall. This breed has a double coat of curly fur, and come in many different solid colors including white, black, brown, red, silver, cream, blue and apricot to name a majority. Very small feet with tiny arched toes, and flat oblong ears that lay against their face. They are meant to be groomed and appear "box like". Very pronounced neck, with a proportionate sized head that always appears alert.
Elegant, quiet, calm and trainable are the very likeable traits of the Poodle. This breed requires a quiet household and owner, they do not respond well to any loud voices or harsh ways of training. This breed is very well indoors however they do need proper exercise such as a daily walk to not build up anxiety. This dog is suitable for apartment and country living, and is very well with strangers, children and other pets.
Bathed and brushed regularly, as well as groomed. This breed is high on the list when it comes to grooming needs. Their nails grow fast and need to be regularly trimmed as well. Pay special attention to the hair between their toes because it will knot easily, causing pain to their toes and feet. Please brush your Poodle daily to eliminate mats.
Poodles are very prone to Gastric Dilatation Volvulus and Addison's Disease. They also can develop Diabetes in their old age. Please do not add the Poodle to part of your family unless you are also making the promise to give them the vet care needed and proper care if or when they do develop any of these.