Facts about Standard Poodle Puppies

Are you unsure how to care for Standard Poodle puppies, or just want to learn more about this breed?

Maybe you are thinking about buying a dog and want to know if this is the right breed for you?

No matter what your situation may be, you will find the answers to your questions right here!



Breed Information and History

There is some controversy regarding the origin of this breed. Some experts feel it originated in France while others believe it has its roots in Germany.

According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the breed originated in Germany as a water retriever.

But no matter what's its origin, the breed was further developed in France, where it was extremely popular.

This is the only dog breed that comes in 3 sizes - Standard, Miniature and Toy. The Standard Poodle was developed first and is the prototype of the other two.

The breed got its name from a German word "pudel", meaning "to splash in water".

It was originally used as a hunting dog and later became very popular as a circus performer. Today, it's one of the most popular companion dogs.

The breed was introduced to the U.S. in the late 1800s.

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Physical Characteristics of Standard Poodle Puppies

This is a large, square-shaped dog. It has a long head, dark oval eyes, black or liver nose and long drop ears. The tail is docked.

The coat is harsh and curly. Possible colors are apricot, black, white, blue, gray, silver, brown and cafe au lait.

    Height Weight
  Male 15+ inches 45 to 70 pounds
  Female 15+ inches 45 to 65 pounds


Contrary to what many people think, the Poodle is an extremely intelligent and trainable dog. In fact, it's one of the smartest dog breeds.

It's friendly, loves to be around people and gets along well with other dogs and children.

The Standard Poodle has calmer personality than his smaller cousins.

Best Owner / Living Conditions

This is an active breed and requires an active owner. It can adjust to an apartment lifestyle but will probably do better in a suburban environment with a fenced yard.

Some Standard Poodle breeders will interview prospective owners to make sure this is the right breed for them.

Activity and Exercise

This is a fairly active dog. It has more stamina, is more active and needs more exercise than his smaller cousins -- the Miniature Poodle and the Toy Poodle.

If you have a fenced yard or can take him to a safe area, let him run off leash.

If your yard is not fenced, consider getting an electronic dog fence. There are a lot of systems that are cheap (a lot cheaper than a physical fence), easy to install and will keep your pet well protected.

At a minimum, take him for one or two brisk walks every day.

Poodles also love water and swimming.


First, the good news!

Poodles don't shed or shed very little. This is one of the best breeds for those suffering from allergies.

The bad news is, they require more grooming than other breeds.

You need to wash them more often and their hair needs to be clipped every 6 to 8 weeks. From my experience, I find it easier to have the clipping done by a professional groomer.

You also need to check the ears for any signs of infection and dog ear mites.

Standard Poodle Health Concerns

Like all dog breeds, the Standard Poodle is susceptible to complications caused by parasites such as dog ticks, fleas, and puppy worms, including tapeworms, roundworms, and heartworms.

Additional health concerns include Addison's disease, hip dysplasia, PRA, epilepsy, renal disease, and skin problems. The breed is also prone to bloating, so instead of feeding your pet one large meal every day, give him 2 or 3 smaller ones.

For more information about dog diseases and health, visit dog health problems.

To reduce the risk of the above and many other health problems, buy only from reputable Poodle breeders (visit dog breeders to learn how to identify responsible dog breeders).

No matter how small the risk of health problems is, any puppy may get sick or injured. Many health problems will require an immediate attention from your Vet, but there are many others that will not, and you may handle them on your own.

To save time and money, learn how to diagnose and treat dog health problems that don't require your Vet's attention.

Life Expectancy

The average life expectancy for a Standard Poodle puppy is between 12 and 15 years.

Did you ever consider adopting your next pet?

If this is the breed you are interested in, and adoption appeals to you, consider contacting your local Standard Poodle rescue. There are thousands of pets waiting for a loving home and, yes, it's possible to adopt a purebred dog.

Puppy Training

Not happy with your pet's behavior? Need help with training your dog for obedience? Then check this Poodle Behavior and Obedience Training Guide.

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