Standard Poodle - Best Dog For You?

Standard Poodle - Not your average dog

If you are looking for a dog that is extremely intelligent, good natured and fun loving, the Standard Poodle should be at the top of the list. These dogs are so smart they actually learn and understand many different words. Some Standards excel at agility as they love to compete and are athletes by nature.

As a long time owner of this breed, I can attest they are a fantastic dog and one of my favorite breeds. Standards are great with people that have allergies to dog hair as they do not shed. Your house will stay much cleaner with a poodle living in it. They come in many different colors such as White, Black, Apricot and Silver. Poodles can even be found in multi colors otherwise know as Parti Poodles.

Standard Poodles love to be with their people, they are happiest when they are following you around the house and sleeping in your bedroom. If you want a dog that you can leave in the backyard for hours at a time, a Standard is not the best choice and you will have one unhappy dog on your hands. He will be sure to let the neighborhood know of his displeasure by barking excessively and causing a scene. These dogs are too intelligent to neglect, they thrive on attention and will reward you with loads of affection.

Standards are a durable and strong breed that make great walking and hiking partners. They will be protective of their family and alert you when strangers are near. Yet, they love kids and get along well with almost any other pet you may have.

Standard Poodles are proud and have an air of royalty to them and they will return the love showered upon them many times over. If you talk with people that have or have had Standard Poodles in the past, you will be hard pressed to find someone who does not have something positive to say about this breed.

Apricot Standard Poodle
Apricot Standard Poodle

Reasons a Standard Poodle may not be the best choice

  • As great as Standard Poodles are, they do have a few drawbacks. Their hair is constantly growing and will need to be groomed on a regular basis or you will have one shaggy looking Poodle on your hands. Expect to take your Standard to the groomers every month or so. Since they are a larger breed, grooming can get rather expensive. I would recommend learning to groom your Standard yourself. While the initial grooming supplies can be rather expensive, they will pay for themselves many times over with the money you save. Plus, grooming strengthens the bond with your Poodle. Poodles if trained properly to be groomed when pups, love all the attention on the grooming table. I made the choice to learn how to groom my poodles many years ago. Often times when we are out in public with our Standard, people will actually come up to us and ask "Who grooms your dog." I am always glad that I took the time to learn ho to groom poodles.
  • Some full grown Standard Poodles males can weigh up to 80 pounds or more. Smaller framed or elderly folks can be easily overpowering by an adult Standard unless these dogs are trained early on not to pull on the leash. Maybe a Mini or Toy Poodle would be a better choice, they have the same great personality as a Standard Poodle in a smaller package. Standards like to play rough and if you have little children underfoot you may want to wait until the kids are a little older.
  • Feeding a Standard Poodle can get rather expensive due to their larger size. Standard Poodles need to be fed high quality food to stay healthy and look their best. For a large Standard Poodle expect to go through 30 pounds of premium dog food every month or so. If you have not priced premium quality food lately, you may be in for sticker shock. One bag of Solid Gold Barking at the Moon dog food which we feed our dogs, costs approximately $53 for a 30 pound bag. Please do not think of skimping and buying cheep Grocery Store dog food, you will pay back the money you save in Vet bills. Quality food will make your Standard grow into a beautiful and healthy adult.
  • Standards are such intelligent creatures, they will often try to outsmart you. Standards have a long puppyhood and will not begin to mellow out until they are almost three years old. They will need to be kept active and exercised a few times a day to keep their energy level in check. They love to play fetch or go for walks, so be prepared to devote at least 30 minutes twice a day for play time with your Standard Poodle. These dogs can do exceptionally well in obedience training, although some can be a little stubborn and may need ongoing refresher training.
  • Genetics, while most Standard Poodles are healthy and can live an average of 14 years or sometimes even longer, some can be prone to genetic problems. If you would like to read more please visit Poodle Club of America, they provide some really good information and are a great resource on genetic testing in Standard Poodles. The best thing you can do is get your Standard Poodle from a reputable breeder. Find one that tracks health issues and has had both parents tested for these issues. Avoid pet shops and puppy mills as they generally do not care about the long term health of your pet, most do not do the necessary health testing and it can be very heartbreaking to loose a Standard Poodle at a young age. Below is a link for the Poodle Health Registry where you can research pedigrees and verify what tests the breeder has done and a few other helpful links as well.

Royal Standard Poodle
Royal Standard Poodle

Please do not let some of this information scare you from getting a Standard Poodle, rather use it to make an informed decision. Any purebred dog you research can have their share of genetic issues. It is always best to know ahead of time what you are in for, rather than to learn after the fact. For some a Standard Poodle may not be the best choice. While others, willing to do the research and spending the time, will find a Standard Poodle will be the only breed of dog they will ever want to own. The only thing better than having a Standard Poodle in your life is having two.

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Comments 34 comments

SilverGenes 6 years ago

Thank you for this very informative article. It's given me something to think about although my lifestyle may be more suited to a smaller breed. They are beautiful dogs!

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dgicre 6 years ago from USA Author

Thanks you for your kind words. Miniature and Toy Poodles have the same great personalities. I have had them all, and loved them all just as much.

kims3003 6 years ago

Awesome! Have been raised with standard poodles all my childhood and have now raised them all my adult years. Love them - there is no other breed quite like them. Very well written hub - A++! work!!

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dgicre 6 years ago from USA Author

Thanks for the kind words Kims. You are 100% correct they are the best!

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AliciaC 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Thank you for the information. I have owned many dogs over the years and have always been interested in getting a standard poodle, but haven’t because of the grooming expense. Your article has given me things to think about.

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fayehelen 6 years ago

I have a standard poodle and she is amazing; definitely the most clever dog I have ever experienced. They are a great breed! Would never look at any others now

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kashmir56 6 years ago from Massachusetts

A very informative article about Poodles i had a silver one many years ago, they are so smart and beautiful.

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dgicre 6 years ago from USA Author

Thanks so much for the comments I really appreciate them. A day spent with a Poodle is a day that will be far from dull. They are so intelligent they can almost read your mind. If you spend the time and really bond with your Poodle, this will be the only breed of dog you will ever want again. Unless of course a little stray comes into your life and you get attached which is exactly what happened to us. We found a poor neglected and abandoned Aussie and after nursing her back to health she has become a member of our pack. It's when you get a dog that sheds hair you really appreciate the fact that poodles do not shed. The grooming takes some work but well worth it.

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Maria Cecilia 6 years ago from Philippines

The first time I saw 2 standard poodle owned by a friend, I was astonished and overwhelmed because I didn't know that a poodle can actually grow that big, I saw standard poodle in a big screen but it's different when you see them personally. You are right they look elegant that you cannot take to just leave them behind in a backyard and ungroomed. But this registered to my mind, they don't shade fur and looks like they are easier to handle as compared with other long haired breed. I have two Philippine Local dogs and I am always fascinated with big breed dogs but avoid those with long hair.. but now I am giving the standard poodle a second thought..nice info and thanks

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dgicre 6 years ago from USA Author

Thank you for your comments Maria. They do look really great with longer hair, although they tend to get a little uncomfortable when their hair is longer in warmer weather. Poodles love to snuggle and when they get warm they tend do so much less and prefer to be on the floor, where it is cooler. As much as I would like my Poodles to have longer hair, I really enjoy cuddling with them more. They also seem to play harder and have more energy when their hair is a little shorter. We typically keep our poodle's hair cut like in the picture of our Apricot Poodle in the snow. Just a little bit shorter in the warmer weather. I'm sure you will enjoy your poodle every bit as much as we do.

Austin 5 years ago

Poodles are great dogs I think they are from Germany but they are from France and Germany. if u think they are the second smartest dog your wrong the standard poodle is.the others don't even make the top ten.if u u a standard poodle they like to be around there master they know who is in charge if they don't your doing something wrong.they know how to read,hunt,show, and more they sometimes can make good guard dogs. They get at average speed up to 20-35 miles per hour this means they love to be walked if u do that that restores there energy. If you want them to be mean this is not a dog for you but they will protect if they feel a threat they will protect you till there last breath.they need a lot of grooming. They are great dogs.they have great senses and knowing. Austin

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dgicre 5 years ago from USA Author

Thanks Austin for your comments. They really are a fantastic dog and one of my favorite breeds.

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barthoraimundo 5 years ago from Brazil, São Paulo, Praia Grande

Amazing dog. Oh, I love it.

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dgicre 4 years ago from USA Author

Our Standard just turned 5 years old. They have a long puppy stage, but keep getting sweeter with time.

lawtch 4 years ago

My sister has owned 2 standards in the last 25 years and I had one for 14years and my current one is almost three years old. I love them as a breed. Have had other dogs in the past but nothing compares for intelligence, loyalty and laughter making. Can be stubborn and arrogant but can be trained if you persevere. Whenever I walk him always get loads of compliments and interest.

I agree with other comments - amazing dogs!!

Maggie 4 years ago

Ther is no dog like a poodle. We have 2 standards. (one black female and one white male). Smart, smart, smart!! Precious angels!!

RICOH 4 years ago

I have two standard poodles one black female and a dark brown and white parti, these two dogs arevextremly intelligent,and they are exvcellent watch and guard dog's. They love my grandchildren.

Lauren - Dogologie Designs 4 years ago

I have a black standard and she is such a love bug! I am training her to be a therapy dog but she is only 18months and has a lot of energy :)

Great breed! I want one in every color and have a fleet of therapy dogs :)

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dgicre 4 years ago from USA Author

As I am writing this, my 75 pound Royal Standard Apricot Poodle is sleeping with his head on my feet. Thanks so much for all the comments! From your comments I can see so many have been touched by a poodle and your lives have been forever changed.

jane 4 years ago

hi iv just had another standard in cream as my just passed with an illness she was 14 years old and was a very loving loyal girl and loved by everyone and she was amazing and now shes still with me in her wooden coffin at home with us but if you want a pet a standard would be great and by the wy great comments from everyone x

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dgicre 4 years ago from USA Author

I am so sorry for your loss. Standards are such great dog's and I cried like a baby when we lost our last Standard at 14 years old, six years ago. He was my buddy, and yesterday as I was cleaning the leaves from his grave marker, it still brings tears to my eyes when I think about him. My only hope is that some day we will be reunited in heaven with our beloved pets. Your Standard was lucky she had a great owner that loved her.

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LA Elsen 4 years ago from Chicago, IL

Poodles have always been my favorite breed. Mom raised St. Bernards then fell in love with the poodle. We had a black standard named Brandy who was by far, the smartest and cleanest dog that ever lived in our house. We were really fortunate to have a great breeder. Thanks for writing this hub.

jacqui hirsch 3 years ago

I have multiple sclerosis and allergies. I'm really interested in finding a standard poodle to be trained to be a service dog. I have a bichon frise and a maltipoo right now and a standard poodle would be a needed addition.

lynnfrat 3 years ago

I will be getting my first standard poodle in July. Can hardly wait. She is a light red now, but I expect her to fade to apricot. What color was your apricot when you got her? How much did she fade? I love the apricot color and specifically chose this pup because of the light red she is as a baby and knowing she should fade being her father is an apricot (mother is a light to medium red).

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dgicre 3 years ago from USA Author

Congratulations on your newest Standard Poodle family member! Apricots are always darker when they are pups and then lighten as they get older and lose their puppy fur. My pup was approx the color of his pictures and he is a little lighter now. Although in winter, if their fur get's wet they will get a little darker than in the summer when the sun fades their fur.

Steven 3 years ago

Just clocked my 1.75 Y/O standard at 32 MPH. She is 63 lbs

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dgicre 3 years ago from USA Author

They sure can run, we love taking our Standard Poodle to a large grassy field and letting him chase after our Aussie Border collie mix. He outweighs her by 30 lbs and although he really trys he can never seem to catch her. She is just too fast for him.

Dominique 3 years ago

I own my first standard poodle (parti) since november 2012. I am so in love with her! Of course she can be a brat and steel food on the kitchen counter when I'm not lo0king and still jumps on people when excited but we're working on her and are not letting go.

Yesterday in the car, she was sitting on the passenger seat and she put her paw on my harm and just stared at me. I swear, I thought she was trying to tell me something and it felt like she was human. I told her I loved her and she turned back to look forward again but kept holding my arm while I drove. My heart melted! I am so very much in love with her, even my kids never looked at me that way! :)

melinda 2 years ago

Dominique...I have tears in my eyes after reading that. I can just picture what you're saying...I believe that she was conveying her love for you when she did that! I absolutely believe they love us and have emotions; they are God's gift to us...(besides our kids lol!)

Ava 2 years ago

I had 3 std loved them all so much 2 black one beautiful so intelligent so well behaved still cry for everyone.

Now i'm very old have an 8yr old apricot. She was a breeding bitch A sweet girl so good from day one.she is so thankful for everything I do for her.

Your article was really good,to the point.

chuck cashdollar 2 years ago

my wife and i own 2 standard poodles one silver and one white names gg and christel the are sisters from same litter and are nine years old one about 55 pounds and one 50 they are the the best dogs and are the best dogs we have ever owned chuck

Kendall 24 months ago

I am about to get my first Standard Poodle. I have a husband and 2 children and we re ready to love this dog with all of our hearts. We are ready to walk, and play and give tons of attention to this dog. People are being cruel though and telling me I shouldn't get one because my husband works for full time and I work Monday-Thursday 8:30-2:00. We can't possibly be with a dog 24/7! People can work and have a dog can't they? I don't even work full time. Anyway, I'm hoping that even though I'm not here 24/7 I can raise a sweet, loving, smart, and most of all happy dog!

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dgicre 20 months ago from USA Author

Poodles are truly family orientated dogs, leave them alone for too long and they will start acting out. I know someone that had a Standard and she worked full time and her dog was a happy well adjusted dog. The key to a happy standard is wear them out to scrub off their energy. This means before work otherwise they will be climbing the walls before you get home. They also need to be inside the house with you when you are home and they will also happily share your bedroom and also your bed if you let them.

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dgicre 20 months ago from USA Author

The biggest problem with owning a Standard Poodle is you will never want to own one forever.

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