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Standard Poodle Facts

Things You Wanted to Know, But Didn’t Know to Ask

On this page, you will find all kinds of things that you may or may not have known about the Standard Poodle.  Fun facts, Interesting Facts. Known and Little Known Facts.  Yet they will help you learn more about your new family member than you ever knew you needed to know.

Family Member

The Standard Poodle as a Devoted Family Member

As a family member, the poodle’s loving and gentle nature shines through. They form strong bonds with their human families and are known for their patience, making them great companions for children and the elderly alike. Poodles thrive on human interaction and enjoy being involved in family activities, whether it’s playing games, going on walks, or simply providing comforting company. He will be a devoted watchdog for your home and family. He loves you with a love that only a Poodle owner knows from this awesome, beautiful, creature.   He will try to sit in your lap.  Don’t say he can’t sit on your chair.  He is a member of your family and, as such, believes he gets that privilege.  But if you insist on it, he won’t do it in your presence.  You won’t know…he doesn’t shed.  Their hypoallergenic coat is an added bonus for families with allergies, as it minimizes shedding and dander.

Working Dog

The Standard Poodle as an Emotional Support, Therapy, Service or Facility Dog

In therapeutic roles, poodles excel due to their empathetic and sensitive nature. They have an innate ability to perceive and respond to the emotional needs of those around them, making them wonderful therapy dogs, service dogs, facility dogs, and emotional support animals. Poodles can provide comfort, reassurance, and companionship to individuals struggling with physical or mental health challenges. With their calm demeanor and inherent intelligence, they can be trained to perform specific tasks, such as retrieving items, providing deep pressure therapy, or sensing and alerting to changes in their owner’s well-being.

Your Standard Poodle excels in Obedience training, and there are not too many things he can’t be taught to do.  As such, he is very likely to have the temperament and brains to be trained in areas of service work.  The poodle’s intelligence, adaptability, and emotional awareness make them an exceptional breed for those seeking a loyal and supportive companion. Whether as a cherished family member or a working partner in therapy or service, the poodle’s remarkable personality lends itself to a fulfilling and meaningful connection with humans, enriching lives and bringing comfort and joy to all they encounter.

Hunter and Retriever

The Standard Poodle as a Hunter and Retriever

Have you ever seen a standard poodle standing on its hind legs, leaning on a tree in the yard and looking up, barking loudly and enthusiastically?

In addition to their roles as devoted family members and working dogs, standard poodles have a rich history as skilled hunters and retrievers. Originally bred as water retrievers, poodles possess natural instincts and abilities in the field. Their athleticism, agility, and exceptional swimming skills make them excellent hunting companions. With their webbed feet and water-resistant coat, they can effortlessly navigate various terrains and retrieve game from both land and water.  This is the reason for the Continental clip that so many people recognize from the dog shows.  They are not meant to look snooty or arrogant in that clip.  It was initially for protecting the joints and vital organs…brain, heart, and lungs.

So the next time you see your Standard Poodle standing up on a big tree and looking up, you will know that your poodle really could hunt the squirrel he sees in that tree!


 The Standard Poodle as an Entertainer

The Standard Poodle can work, play, hunt and think independently.  And, in all he does, he does his work well and then turns into some of the best entertainment around. He will make you laugh!  Standard poodles have a delightful and entertaining side to their personality.  He will interject his humorous side often and loves for his people to laugh.   They are known for their clownish behavior and a mischievous sense of humor that brings endless joy to their people. They have a knack for amusing antics, whether it’s performing playful tricks, inventing games, or showing off their impressive acrobatics. Poodles have an uncanny ability to sense and respond to their owners’ moods, often using their comedic charm to lighten the atmosphere and bring smiles to everyone’s faces.  He has a child-like way of seeing the world as a very fun and happy place to do his poodlin’ thing.  Children love it, adults love it and those in need of his service love it when he steals the show and makes you laugh.  And he always smiles while he does it.  What an amazing dog is the Standard Poodle.  You just need to have one (or more) and your life changes for the better!

Coat Colors

What are the Many Colors of the Standard Poodle?

The Standard Poodle is a breed that comes in a wide array of stunning colors, adding to their overall beauty and individuality.  Solid-colored poodles can be seen in striking hues such as black, white, cream, apricot, blue, silver, brown, and red. Each of these solid colors possesses its unique charm and allure, allowing poodle enthusiasts to choose a color that resonates with them.  While other colors or patterns cannot be exhibited in Conformation in AKC, other colors/patterns can be registered with and participate in AKC Obedience, Agility, Rally and other dog sports.  

While the American Kennel Club (AKC) officially recognizes solid colors,  other kennel clubs may have different color classifications. 

  • Parti-Colored Poodles

Parti is 2 or more distinct colors with the majority being white. Parti-colored poodles exhibit a captivating coat pattern with two or more distinct colors distributed in patches. These patches can appear in various combinations, including black and white, brown and white, or any other combination of recognized colors. The striking contrast between the colors creates a visually stunning effect, making parti-colored poodles highly sought after for their unique and eye-catching appearance.

  • Abstract-Patterned Poodles

Abstract-patterned poodles showcase a predominantly solid-colored coat with random patches of contrasting white on specific areas, such as the head, chest, or limbs. These patterns can vary greatly, ranging from subtle markings to more distinct and intricate designs. The combination of solid and contrasting white in abstract-patterned poodles creates a delightful and visually appealing coat that further highlights their individuality.

It is worth noting that color alone does not determine the quality, temperament, or health of a poodle. Regardless of the color, standard poodles exhibit the same exceptional traits and versatility that make them beloved companions, whether they are show dogs, family pets, therapy dogs, or working partners. The wide variety of colors in the standard poodle breed ensures that there is a visually stunning and uniquely beautiful companion for every poodle lover.

  • Phantom Color Pattern 

Phantom colors are an intriguing and visually striking variation found in Standard Poodles. This unique coat pattern showcases two distinct colors: a solid base color combined with specific markings that resemble the points of a Doberman or Rottweiler. The base color is typically a solid shade, such as black, brown, red, apricot, or silver, while the markings appear in a lighter shade, often tan or cream.  The phantom color pattern is characterized by specific areas of the body where the lighter markings occur. These areas commonly include the eyebrows, muzzle, chest, legs, and beneath the tail. The contrast between the base color and the lighter markings creates a captivating and eye-catching appearance, setting phantoms apart from other coat variations.While phantom colors are not officially recognized by all kennel clubs for show purposes, they are highly sought after by poodle enthusiasts and are cherished for their unique beauty and charm. The striking contrast and distinctive markings make phantoms stand out in a crowd, drawing attention and admiration wherever they go.  Beyond their stunning appearance, phantom-colored Standard Poodles possess the same intelligence, trainability, and loving nature as other members of the breed. They excel in various activities, including obedience, agility, and therapy work, where their exceptional temperament and striking appearance can make a lasting impression.  Phantom-colored Standard Poodles are a testament to the breed’s diversity, with each individual showcasing their own unique pattern and   personality. Whether one is captivated by the elegance of a black and cream phantom, the warmth of a brown and tan phantom, or the striking contrast of a silver phantom, these extraordinary poodles continue to captivate and delight dog lovers around the world.

  • Sable Colored Poodles 

Sable is a color pattern characterized by a base color that ranges from light to dark, with darker tips on the hairs. The base color can be any solid color such as black, silver, brown, or apricot. The tips of the hairs are typically black, giving the coat a shaded or “tipped” appearance. The sable pattern often fades as the puppy matures, and the adult coat may have a more uniform color. Sable Poodles can have a striking and eye-catching appearance.  One thing is sure, what you see in a puppy, will not be the same as the color in an adult.

  • Brindle Patterned Poodles

Brindle is a unique color pattern characterized by a base color with darker streaks or stripes running through it. The base color can vary and includes shades like black, silver, brown, or apricot. The stripes or streaks can be of a darker shade of the base color or even a contrasting color such as black or gray. The brindle pattern can be subtle or pronounced, depending on the individual dog. Brindle Standard Poodles have a distinctive and beautiful coat pattern.


For the joy of it, how many pregnant Standard Poodle mothers can you put in a whelping area?

In this photo, you can see a part of a whelping room. I believe three Standard Poodle mothers are all that will fit, and yet they all wanted to be together.


How Much Does a Standard Poodle Weigh?

A Standard Poodle typically weighs between 40 to 70 pounds. However, it’s important to note that the weight can vary depending on the individual dog’s size, genetics, and overall health. Some Standard Poodles may be smaller or larger than the average weight range. It’s always best to consult with a veterinarian to determine the ideal weight for your particular dog.  

During pregnancy, a Standard Poodle mother’s weight can increase significantly. The weight gain will vary depending on factors such as the size of the mother, the number of puppies she is carrying, and the stage of pregnancy. On average, a pregnant Standard Poodle mother may gain around 15% to 25% of her pre-pregnancy weight.


How Smart is a Standard Poodle?

Standard Poodles are generally regarded as highly intelligent dogs. They consistently rank among the top breeds in terms of intelligence and trainability. Poodles are known for their ability to quickly learn new commands and tasks, making them excellent candidates for obedience training and various dog sports.

Their intelligence is not limited to simple obedience, as Poodles are often seen excelling in other areas such as agility, tracking, and even water retrieving. They have a natural affinity for problem-solving and can exhibit remarkable problem-solving skills.

Poodles also tend to possess a high level of emotional intelligence. They are known for their ability to understand and respond to their owners’ emotions and can be quite sensitive and intuitive. This makes them excellent companion dogs and therapy dogs.

It’s worth noting that individual intelligence can vary among dogs, even within the same breed. Factors such as genetics, training, socialization, and environment can all influence a dog’s intelligence and behavior. However, in general, Standard Poodles are considered to be highly intelligent dogs with an aptitude for learning and performing various tasks.

Water Dog

Do Standard Poodles Like Water?

Yes, Standard Poodles are generally known to enjoy water. They have a long history as water retrievers and were originally bred as hunting dogs, particularly for retrieving waterfowl.  

Their dense, curly coats are water-resistant, and their feet are webbed, which helps them excel in aquatic activities.  Many Standard Poodles are natural swimmers and have a knack for water-related activities such as retrieving objects from water or simply splashing around. However, individual preferences can vary among dogs, so it’s possible to come across Standard Poodles who are not particularly fond of water.  And some Standard Poodles can love water,  yet when they get over their head in depth, sink like lead.  Always supervise your Standard Poodle until you know they can and will swim.


Where Did the Standard Poodle Come From Originally?

The Standard Poodle is believed to have originated in Germany, although its exact origins are a subject of debate. It is widely recognized as a French breed today, but it is thought to have descended from older European water retrievers. The breed’s name, “Poodle,” comes from the German word “Pudel,” which means “to splash in water.” Poodles were initially bred as water retrievers and were highly regarded for their swimming abilities and retrieving skills.

Poodles gained popularity in France during the 16th and 17th centuries, where they were favored by the French nobility. They were often used as hunting dogs, circus performers, and companions. The breed’s distinctive haircut, with shaved areas to improve swimming and hair left long to protect joints and organs from the cold, became popular during this time.

The development of the Standard Poodle involved several breeds that likely contributed to its heritage. While the exact ancestry is not fully known, it is believed that several European water retrievers and gun dogs played a role in shaping the breed. Some of the breeds commonly mentioned as potential contributors to the Standard Poodle’s heritage include:

  1. Barbet: The Barbet is a French water dog known for its retrieving skills and curly coat. It is considered one of the closest relatives to the Poodle and is often suggested as a significant contributor to the Poodle’s development.
  1. Hungarian Water Dog: Also known as the Puli, this Hungarian breed has a corded coat similar to the Poodle’s corded variety. It is speculated that the Hungarian Water Dog may have influenced the Poodle’s coat texture.
  1. Portuguese Water Dog: The Portuguese Water Dog is another water-loving breed that shares some similarities with the Poodle. It is possible that this breed contributed to the Poodle’s water-retrieving abilities and overall appearance.
  1. Irish Water Spaniel: The Irish Water Spaniel is a breed known for its intelligence and water retrieval skills. It has a distinctive curly coat, similar to that of the Poodle, which may suggest a possible connection.
  1. Various European Water Retrievers: In addition to the specific breeds mentioned above, various regional water retrievers from Europe, such as the German Pudelpointer, Russian Water Spaniel, and the English Water Spaniel, might have also played a part in the Poodle’s ancestry.

It is important to note that while these breeds are often mentioned as potential contributors, the precise lineage and mix of breeds in the development of the Standard Poodle remains somewhat uncertain. Over time, the Poodle breed was refined and standardized, resulting in the three recognized sizes today: Standard, Miniature, and Toy.

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