A standard poodle makes a great family pet. They also make excellent show dogs due to their intelligence and ability to learn. If you’re interested in getting a poodle, here’s how to select a standard poodle:
- Understand their temperament. The standard poodle is gentle and friendly. They don’t make good guard dogs, but are excellent pets. These elegant animals are usually very well behaved and are trainable. Standard poodles are known as the calmest of the three sizes of poodle, and don’t need a lot of energetic play, although they don’t like being left alone for long periods, because they are very dependent on their owners. Standard poodles don’t bark as much as smaller dogs.
- Understand their grooming requirements. The poodle’s coat is very curly and requires constant grooming, including clipping every few weeks. Are you up to the task? Don’t select a standard poodle if you aren’t ready for these grooming requirements.
- Learn about the types of poodles. There are teacup, miniature, and standard poodles. Standard poodles are the largest. They measure up to 24 or 27 inches tall, and weigh 45 to 70 pounds. Females are usually a little heavier than males. Their curly coat is soft and comes in a wide range of colors. Poodles don’t generally have mixed-color coats, but are always a single color.
- Determine your options. You can find poodles in shelters, or through a breed-specific dog rescue. You can also purchase a purebred standard poodle from a breeder, but know that this is the most expensive option. However, if you plan to show your standard poodle, you’ll want a show-quality (rather than pet-quality) dog from a reputable breeder.
- Research breeders. Be sure to find a reputable breeder who is knowledgeable about the health conditions facing poodles, since many of these conditions are hereditary. Standard poodles may suffer from hip dysplasia, eye conditions, and Von Willebrand’s Disease, a bleeding disorder. Find a breeder through breed clubs, and ask about the health testing their dogs go through. Be wary of breeders who seem to be in it more for the money than for the love of the breed; unfortunately, since dogs can be expensive, there are some unscrupulous breeders who are only in it for the money and don’t care much about the health of the dogs they breed.
- Examine the poodle. Select a standard poodle that appears gentle and loving. The muzzle should be long, and the eyes should be dark and oval. The standard poodle’s coat should be thick, curly, and soft.
The standard poodle makes an excellent pet, as long as you are up for the challenge of grooming. Before selecting a standard poodle, make sure the breed’s temperament is a good fit for your home. When selecting a standard poodle, make sure to do your research if you’re buying a puppy from a breeder. Make sure the dog you select is healthy so that your standard poodle can live a long and happy life with your family.