Poodle Standard

The Standard Poodle is an elegant dog breed that is known mostly for its show potential but not many owners know that these dogs have great retrieving and flushing skills. They are one of the best family dog breeds and certainly one of the most popular around the world.

The FCI and the AKC have different classification of the Poodle breeds. The American Kennel Club accepts 3 varieties - the Standard, the Miniature, and the Toy. The Fédération Cynologique Internationale accepts 4 varieties and they are the Standard, Medium, Miniature, and Toy. In both cynology associations, the Standard is the largest variety.

Poodle Standard Height


18–24 in (45–60 cm)

Poodle Standard Weight


40-70 lb (18-32 kg)

Poodle Standard Origin



Poodle Standard Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy:

10-18 years

Dog Breed Characteristics

Energy Level
Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Kid Friendly
Dog Friendly
General Health

The Standard Poodle is the biggest member of the Poodle family and it should give the impression of an elegant and well-balanced breed. It is always alert and should give an impression of a proud dog breed. The Standard Poodle can have black or brown colored noses depending on the color of their coat. Their eyes should be almond-shaped and black, dark amber, or dark brown. Their ears are rather long and falling next to their cheeks. These dogs are slightly longer than they are tall and the Standard Poodle has well-developed muscles.

Poodle Standard standards


  • Group 9 Companion and Toy dogs. Section 2 Poodle. Without working trial.
  • height - males 17,5-24,5 in (45-62 cm) both
  • date of acceptance - 1/1/1955


  • Non-Sporting Group
  • height - more than 15 in (38 cm) both
  • weight - males 60-70 lbs (27-32 kg), females 40-50 lbs (18-22,5 kg)
  • date of acceptance - 1887

Standard Poodle temperament

The Standard Poodles’ temperament is defined by their intelligence and activity. It is a breed that is known to have a tendency towards mischief. They are full of ideas and they have a creative way to entertain themselves as well as their owners or handlers.

The Standard Poodle is a fairly large dog that has a lot of energy. A Poodle can be on its best behavior only when it’s physical needs have been fulfilled. When they are younger (6 - 15 months) these dogs can have a goofy and a bit of a stubborn streak but in general, they are one of the most intelligent and trainable dog breeds in the world. Their intelligence is nearly as high as that of a Border Collie.

Standard Poodle training and socialization

Standard Poodle’s training will most likely be a delight for you as their owner. It is extremely rewarding and pleasing to train and work with a breed that is able to learn so quickly and so many different commands. They respond best to positive training methods and food-based rewarding systems. Make sure you reward these dogs for their good behavior instead of punishing them for their bad behavior.

The Standard Poodle is generally a friendly breed that gets along great with children and other pets. They are naturally better with kids and Standard Poodles that are used to being an only family pet might have some difficulties learning to accept others, but proper socialization will make sure they are great with everyone. Take your dog to busy parks and expose them to different people, dogs, sounds, situations, and sights. This process will make sure you have a stable and well-behaved dog.


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