Poodle Standard

Other Names : Carniche, Barbone

Country of Origin : Germany

Dog Group : Utility


The Standard Poodle is the oldest of the three poodle sizes, with the miniature and toy varieties developing later. The exact origin of the poodle is unknown, some say they originated in France and others say that they come from Germany. It is thought they may have been taken to France and other countries with the German troops during the 1400’s. They evolved into their present form in France. They were used in Germany as a water retrieving dog and today some still have the hunting instinct.


This is a noble, elegant and well balanced dog with a slender muzzle and long neck. The coat is profuse and curly and is often styled. The gait should be graceful and prancing with plenty of drive coming from well developed and muscular thighs.

Feeding & Ownership

Large, deep chested dogs should be fed carefully to avoid bloat. Two meals per day is safer than one large meal.


Getting along with the kids, the cat and the guinea pig is no problem for the poodle. Lively and affectionate, they make wonderful companion dogs. They can be good guard dogs, announcing visitors but never being aggressive. Poodles are unusually sensitive to vocal intonation, probably one of the reasons they are so easy to train. They are high-spirited, happy dogs who love a busy life and being involved in all family matters.


Poodles do not shed and are often tolerated by allergic people. Their coats do take a great deal of care though, generally requiring professional grooming, as well as regular combing and brushing at home. The poodle should be taken to a groomer about every six weeks for a clip of your choice. Only three clips are allowed in the show ring, however, pet owners can allow for more creativity on the part of the groomer. The poodle’s ears need frequent cleaning or they will become infected and, especially in the smaller poodles, daily teeth brushing is recommended or tartar will build up rapidly and lead to gingivitis.


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