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Last updated: Aug 31 2023

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 classifications 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.

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18–24 in (45–60 cm)

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40-70 lb (18-32 kg)

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Poodle Standard

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 a black or brown colored nose, 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 fall next to their cheeks. These dogs are slightly longer than they are tall and the Standard Poodle has well-developed muscles.


Some owners choose to trim their coats short, and in that case, caring for their coats is not a problem. If you do not trim their coat, you must learn how to properly brush your Standard Poodle to keep their coat clean and without mats. Some owners choose to do it by themselves, and some will take their dogs to a professional to do the job.

The rest is basic care; trim their nails when needed (if they don't wear them down naturally), brush their teeth weekly to prevent tartar buildup and bacteria development. Regularly check their ears for any sign of redness or a bad odor that can indicate an infection. You can wipe their ears with a cotton ball dipped into an ear cleaner.

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The key for your dog to get used to all things mentioned above is to start early with them. Make a positive experience for the dog, full of praises and rewards, and you can be sure that your dog will enjoy all these things when they grow up.

Standard Poodle temperament

The Standard Poodles’ temperament is defined by their intelligence and activity. It is a breed that is known to tend mischief. They are full of ideas, and they have a creative way of entertaining 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 its 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

Standard Poodle Training and Socialization

Standard Poodle’s training will most likely delight you as their owner. It is extremely rewarding and pleasing to train and work with a breed that can learn so quickly and so many different commands. They respond best to positive training methods and food-based rewarding systems. Ensure 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 only family pets might have some difficulties learning to accept others, but proper socialization will ensure they are great with everyone.

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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.


Every dog can develop some health problems, and Standard Poodles also can suffer from some conditions. To be sure that you will end up with the dog with the best possible health, always buy Standard Poodle from a responsible dog breeder. Responsible breeders will regularly check their breeding dogs to ensure that their puppies will be without inherited diseases.

Standard Poodle can suffer from:

  • luxating patella
  • hip dysplasia
  • eye problems
  • epilepsy
  • von Willebrands disease

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Standard Poodle breeders

When getting a dog, the most important thing is to get it from a responsible and reputable Standard Poodle breeder. These dogs are energetic and protective; getting a poorly bred dog can have catastrophic results. Responsible breeders will breed dogs that don’t only look good but have great characters as well. You must find a good Standard Poodle breeder that can help you learn about this breed and make an informed choice about getting a dog with these characteristics. 

If you are unsure whether this is the breed for you, check out this FREE GUIDE that will help you decide which dog breed is right for you.

World Dog Finder team


Updated at31.08.2023.