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Standard Poodle

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One of the last remaining retriever breeds, the Poodle was the French reinterpretation of the German Pudel (the common ancestor of virtually all Retrievers).  With a shortened body, enhanced coat and neck placed on straight, rather than sloping, the Poodle quickly demonstrated an agile, athleticism that made it popular for tricks, games and circuses.  A happy, friendly and clever attitude only added to the appeal that continues to this day.

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General Information
Group(s): SportingNon-SportingRetriever Height: 18-23 inches
Weight: 55-65 pounds Longevity: around 15 years
Colors: white, black, red, apricot, chocolate, a properly bred Poodle is NEVER parti-colored Coat type: profusely curly over the entire body, tail is typically docked
Recognized Registries: AKC and others
Overall Appearance: Because of variations in grooming, a Poodle can be the most elegant of dogs or nearly the most wretched. Beneath all that hair is a happy heart that seeks the companionship of people and takes joy in their attention. Don't underestimate this individual as a training partner, Poodles of all sizes number among the most gifted of trained dogs historically and are often the first pick among trainers who want to work with a dog that will offer responses rather than simply wait for direction.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: rather high
General Nature: Socialized properly, a Poodle is a happy go lucky, never met a stranger kind of dog with a quick mind and light feet.
  with Children: excellent around well behaved and supervised children
  with other pets: very good
  with dogs: very good
Socialization requirements: Socializing is a major factor in helping a Poodle live up to its potential and avoid shy behaviors
Ideal home characteristics: Dedicated to giving their Poodle mental and physical outlets to their prowess, complete understanding of the grooming requirements which include daily brushing and clippering or scissoring every couple weeks
Temperament Notes: Gregarious, generous, happy and friendly, not a dog that will likely question the burglar too closely (but they may)
Training requirement: they love to have a job.. maybe that will only be walking with you a couple times a day, but they excel at a variety of activities and should be given an opportunity to enjoy them
Trainer notes: Your dog, should you choose a Poodle, is an aristocrat of the dog world, this doesn't prevent them from some pretty goofy humor.  This combined with their intelligence and natural ability can make a comedy show out of many training sessions.  Don't worry though, they will do as you request.. they just want to make sure that you get to see all their suggestions for improvement of the exercise!
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: Prior to the French Revolution
Country of Origin: France
Original Function: Water Retriever
History: A sturdy retriever of Germany was refined into the Standard Poodle. Eventually this was bred down to the Miniature and Toy varieties.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard:
Health Notes: PRA, Canine Hip Dysplasia, skin problems
Health Testing: CERF, OFA
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had standard Poodles?
  • What characteristics did you seek in the sire of this litter?
  • How often do you breed?
  • What are the health problems in the breed?
  • Do you screen for them in your breeding stock?
  • How would you suggest going about socializing a puppy?
  • What sort of home do Poodles do best in?
  • What sort of temperament do you think a Poodle should have?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How long have you had Poodles?
  • How long have you been breeding them?
  • Do you microchip your puppies?
Web Sites: Versatility in Poodles rescue pages with contacts and other information Poodle Rescue of New England Very fascinating site that chronicles the breed's history as it is understood as well as all the varied and wondrous functions Poodles have served through the last 500 years of their time with man. Florida Poodle Rescue Carolina Poodle Rescue

Other Resources
Breed standard: - The illustrated breed standard of the Poodle

Breeder Ethics: - Code of Ethics for the Poodle Club of America

Other: To be a Poodle Club of America member, one must have shown and bred Poodles for 8 years or more as well as have participated in events and local clubs.  Those that rely on the breeding of Poodles for their livelihood are not accepted as members.  Would that all breed clubs operated so.
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