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The Standard Poodle is the original Poodle
from which the Miniature and Toy varieties
were developed. Historians believe the breed,
which belongs to the water dogs family,
originated in Russia or Germany, and it
has been known there since the 16th Century.
The dog had superior waterfowl retrieving
abilities and the characteristic trim seen
on modern dogs was originally developed
to protect the dog's joints and vital organs
from frigid waters. The breed was first
exhibited in England in 1880 and has gained
world-wide recognition since then. The Standard
Poodle needs regular exercise and will be
more comfortable in a house with a yard
than in an apartment.
average height for a Standard Poodle is
22" to 26" (55-65 cm); 15"
(38 cm) is the minimum height.
The weight for a Standard Poodle 45 - 70
lbs (20.1 - 31.2 kg)
The dense coat of a Standard Poodle has
a harsh feel and is frizzy or curly; it
may even be corded. All solid colors are
allowed. Coat requires frequent brushing
and clipping about four times a year.
The Poodle is friendly, intelligent and
easily trained. He makes a loving and well-loved
The Standard Poodle, because of its deep
chest, is one of the breeds
most at risk for gastric torsion (bloat).
Epilepsy is highly suspected to have a genetic
component in this breed. Special Interest:
Because he was so easily trained and had
a good sense of fun, the Poodle was seen
as natural choice for a circus-performer.
By the end of the 19th Century, every circus
boasted a Poodle act.
AKC: Group 6 - Non-Sporting Dogs
CKC: Group 6 - Non-Sporting Dogs
KC: Non-Sporting - Utility Group
FCI: Group 9
ANKC: Group 7 - Non Sporting
ANKC: Group 1 - Toy