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Standard Poodle

 

General Description:

Carrying himself proudly, very active, intelligent and elegant-appearing dog, squarely built, well proportioned, moving soundly. The Poodle has about him an air of distinction and dignity peculiar to himself. He is a versatile and wonderful companion, a charming animal, pleasing to live with in every way. Gifted with grace and intelligence, all-knowing with great intuitiveness. A playmate for children and a comfort to the elderly. A family member. Whatever the situation calls for he becomes. When engaged, the poodle can be funny and frolicsome, hamming it up in playful situations.

 

Size:

Females: Preferred height at the withers is over 15 inches, and roughly 45 – 55 pounds. Males: Preferred height at the withers is over 15 inches, and roughly 55 - 70 pounds.

 

Color:

All pure colors, such as black, gray, cream, blue, apricot, white, red, or brown. Parti or two or more colors would be disqualified. NOTE: These are sometimes sold as “rare”.

 

Energy Level:

High

 

Life expectancy:

10 to 15 years.

 

Children:

A playmate for children and a comfort to the elderly. A family member. Whatever the situation calls for he becomes.

 

Other animals:

Does well with other animals.

 

Abilities:

Exceptionally smart, active and excels in obedience training.

 

Shedding/Grooming:

They should be brushed several times a week and clipped regularly, about every month to 6 weeks. Ears must be cleaned and hair that grows in them plucked to discourage ear infections.

 

Health:

Poodles can be prone to some eye and skin conditions, ear infections, hip dysplasia, and bloating.

 

Best with:

Anyone!

 

Not for:

Someone who does not want to deal with the grooming, ear plucking or is looking for a couch potato.

 

Pros:

To own a poodle is to be captivated. Poodles are quick-witted with a sense of humor, inventing games especially with each other and children. They are eager to be included in everything their family does whether camping, hiking or offering a knowing look to the disabled with grace and sensitivity. His hypoallergenic coat may reduce allergic reactions.

 

Cons:

Requires regular grooming, which can be costly, and keeping ears cleaned to avoid infection.

 

Further Information:

AKC website for Poodles
Dogster for Poodles
Puget Sound Poodle Club
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