Researchers aren’t certain the origin of the Standard Poodle, but some believe the breed came from France or Germany. It is known that these dogs have been prevalent throughout Western Europe for hundreds of years. Both the Germans and French gave the Standard Poodle unique names. The name “Poodle” comes from the German word “Pudel” which means “one who plays in water. The French however, named the dog “Caniche” which means “Duck Dog.” Along with the names, the two countries used the Standard Poodle’s intelligence and trainability for search and rescue and to hunt. It wasn’t until later generations that the breed developed into the Standard Poodle and Toy Poodle of today.
Due to the Standard Poodle’s high level of intelligence, it is one of the most trainable breeds today. They are proud, graceful and very noble animals with great respect to their owners. However, due to their cleverness, these pets are very sensitive to their owner’s tone of voice.
So as the owner, assertiveness is needed during training in order to gain full respect of your Standard Poodle. Also, as the owner you cannot be too aggressive with the breed as these pets do not respond well to harsh commands. Some other precautions for Standard Poodles are vision disorders. Runny eyes, cataracts and retinal atrophy are common problems. Hip dysplasia, ear infections and Von Willebrand's Disease also have been known to be problematic. Bloating is also very common. Instead of large meals, two or three small meals a day should suffice and reduce the risk.
Because of the grooming requirements of this large Poodle one must take into consideration their lifestyle, budget and living space. These dogs must be bathed and clipped at least every six to eight weeks. Not following this regiment of maintenance can lead to tangles and mats in the coat and also infestations of parasites such as fleas and ticks. The Standard Poodle’s ears also must be cleaned regularly to prevent wax build up. The breed doesn’t sheds and is great for people with allergies as loose hair around the home won’t be an issue.
Grooming may be difficult to maintain but it can also be considered one of the advantages to owning the Standard Poodle. There are so many variations of clips that owners run wild with them. The standard “pet clip” is a simple short cut all over the body. For those aspiring to enter their dog in a show they may choose an English saddle or Continental Clip, where the backend of the body is shaved, bracelets are left around the anklets, and pom-poms are left at the hip and tail. There are endless possibilities for clips for the Standard Poodle.
Being relatively larger in size than the other varieties, the miniature and toy, the Standard Poodle has a very regal appearance. The head is round and the muzzle is straight. Both the back and front legs match the torso. The tail is set high and proud. The coat is curly or corded and come in a variety of colors such as red, cream, gray, blue, black, silver and apricot. Adult males can weigh from 45-70 pounds, females from 45-60 and can are about 15 inches or higher. Not to mentions the shoulders are broad and strong. The life expectancy is about 12 to 15 years. Standard Poodles are loving and caring and are becoming popular with celebrities as well. Daytime talk show host and comedian, Ellen DeGeneres is a proud owner of a Standard Poodle named Mable and a rescue Maltese Poodle mix named Wolf.