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History The Standard Poodle is one of the three varieties of the poodle breed, the other two being Toy and Miniature. All three are classified as gun dogs in the retriever family and are known for their exceptional abilities in both land and water. Over the years, they have also gained popularity as watchdogs, companion dogs, and even circus performers. The name comes from the German word Pudel, short for Pudelhund, which means “splashing dog.”
The poodle is of debatable origin. While its name suggests a German ancestry, research has traced its roots to a near-extinct French breed called the Barbet. The French are also so attached to the breed that they have hailed it as their National Dog. Poodles have existed in both countries for over 400 years, so it is possible that both origins are correct.
Appearance The Standard Poodle has a medium to large frame, at least 15 inches tall at withers, with a thick but usually well-groomed coat. The head is long and narrow, with the wide ears hanging close to the sides. The hair ranges from soft, rich and wavy to rough and wooly. The coat can be clipped a number of ways, depending on the breed standards. The most common continental clip, where the face, throat, hindquarters, and part of the tail are shaved, leaving round unshaved areas (called “rosettes”) over the feet.
Colours Standard poodles can come in a wide range of colors, but the most common are white, black, blue, silver, gray, brown, cream, apricot, and cafe-au-lait. Colors should be even and solid, although shade variations from puppy to adult coats are allowed.
Temperament All three poodle varieties are lively, cheerful and intelligent. Standard poodles, however, have a calm and dignified air not found in the other two. They are very sensitive and good-natured, and they get along well with most people, especially children. They are seldom shy around strangers, but may be a bit wary when they sense danger. Most of them don't mind other pets in the house.
Weight 53 - 66 cm in height and 20 -32 Kg in weight. Males are larger than females and at the top end of the size ranges.
Problems Although a generally long-lived breed, poodles are prone to a number of genetic disorders. These include skin diseases (often due to excessive clipping), allergies, ear infections, and eye problems such as retinal atrophy and cataracts. Hip dysplasia can also be a problem, as with most medium to large breeds. They are also susceptible to gastric torsion or bloat; this can be avoided by controlling meal size and limiting activity after feeding.
Living Conditions Standard poodles will do well as indoor dogs, but they'll thrive best in a house with at least a small yard. They need their space as much as any other dog, so apartment dwellers should take them out at least once a day. They can sleep in a doghouse, but they much prefer sleeping with their families.
Requirements Standard poodles aren't very demanding when it comes to exercise. A daily walk or jog is usually enough. However, they enjoy occasional romps in open areas (such as a yard) and should be allowed to do so once in a while. They can run off the leash as long as the yard is well-fenced. They also love the water and should be allowed to swim whenever possible.
Training Requirements Poodles are one of the most trainable breeds. They are very intelligent and can learn an almost unlimited number of tasks, including guarding and babysitting. Training is best started early, before the dog develops its innate curiosity. They should also be socialized to prevent possible aggression or excessive shyness.
Life Expectancy A healthy standard poodle can expect to live 12 to 15 years.
Grooming Poodles don't shed, but they do require a lot of maintenance. Owners should be prepared for regular and extensive grooming: clipping the coat every month or two, scaling the teeth, and giving baths every few days. The ears should also be checked for mites. For easier grooming, go for a simple pet clip with the hair of even length throughout.
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White Standard Poodle JC Pioneers Winston CGC, Call name Winston,Silver Brindle, mis-mark Standard Poodle in a corded coat,UKC Champion Moonvalley Midnight Eclipse,Call name Solange, Black Standard Poodle
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