Do you own a Standard Poodle or plan to get one? While these are considered fancy breeds, they make fantastic family dogs for their love, intelligence, and quirky personality. Read on as I show you everything to know about getting a Standard Poodle puppy for your home.
About the Standard Poodle Breed
Standard Poodle pups have a curly coat, small dark eyes, and a long, pointed nose. They come in various coat colors, typically white, black, brown, or even apricot or silver coats!
The Standard poodles grow to an average size is usually 18-24 inches tall, or at least 15 inches tall. Its size sets them apart from the miniature Poodle and toy poodle, which is much smaller. Furthermore, this type of Poodle weighs between 50-70 pounds, with male dogs weighing more than females. For more information, see our standard poodle growth chart.
I understand you’re looking out for your Poodle’s health, which is why you need to be aware of the health concerns they have. With proper knowledge and routine vet checkups, you can prevent predictable health risks.
Their lifespan ranges from 12-15 years. In general, they are healthy dogs, with reputable breeders routinely testing their breeding stock for any health issues. That’s why you need to search for a reputable breeder to work with and make sure they know any health problems that run in their dogs/’ families.
There are a few health conditions the Standard Poodle is at risk of, such as hip dysplasia and eye disorders and the following eye disorders:
- Progressive retinal atrophy may appear when Poodles reach 3-5 years old, progressing to blindness.
- Cataracts may appear from birth to 3 years old, which might also progress to blindness. Cataracts that occur after three years old are milder.
- Corneal ulcers
- Retinal dysplasia
- Eyelash abnormalities
Other health conditions you should watch out for are:
- Idiopathic epilepsy
- Von Willebrand’s disease
- Sebaceous adenitis
- Gastric dilatation with volvulus (bloat)
Here are other health facts to know about the Standard Poodle Puppies:
- Dental diseases are common chronic problems in pets, which affect up to 80% of dogs by the time they reach two years old. It can begin with tartar buildup on their teeth, which may progress to infections on the roots of their teeth and gums. If left untreated, your pet may lose their teeth and cause organ damage.
- Standard Poodles are susceptible to mild or severe infections, either bacterial or viral. Fortunately, many of the infections are preventable as long as your pet has updated vaccinations.
- Obesity may be a health problem, caused by poor feeding schedules and lack of exercise. This health condition may cause heart disease, back pain, joint issues, and digestive disorders.
- Parasites may invade your dog’s body in the form of fleas, ticks, worms, and the like.
You can prevent health conditions by keeping your Standard Poodle puppy from growing up in great shape, grooming him properly, and taking him to the vet for routine checkups.
Coat Grooming Needs
Standard Poodles don’t shed much and are great for people with allergies. Though not entirely hypoallergenic, their coat is made of hair and will shed far less, they’re less likely to spread pet dander that causes allergies.
However, their coats will require a lot of care and grooming.
Usually, you can take them to a professional groomer, though it’s a bit pricey. You can also groom and bathe your dog yourself, provided that you use the right tools and techniques. Regular baths and clippings are required every 3-6 weeks.
The coat won’t shed as much, but it will still grow, thus requiring regular clipping. There are various clips according to what owners want to style their dog in, such as the Continental Clip and English Saddle Clip.
If you are clipping your dog, you can do an easy-care clip, known as the puppy clip or pet clip. It is a simple clip where their coat is cut short throughout his body.
Besides baths, they will require daily brushing and combing to prevent mats and tangles. You also need to clean and check their ears frequently, checking for any signs of wax, mites, infections, and pull out any hairs growing in their ear canals.
Exercise Needs and Energy Levels
Poodle puppies can be quite active and benefit from daily exercise to meet their energy levels. They love most kinds of activity and staying busy. One of the best exercises for them is swimming, as people bred Poodles to be water retrievers.
Besides swimming, I recommend playing fetch with them, which exercises their mind and body. Invest in mental stimulation games, food puzzles, and make sure you go on daily walks or runs together, too!
If left alone and without daily exercise, they end up feeling frustrated, resulting in hyperactivity indoors, as well as barking and destructive behaviors.
Not to worry, as their activity and energy levels will change as they mature, lowering once they reach 18-24 months old. Furthermore, Standard Poodles are generally calmer compared to miniature poodles and toy poodles. They will still need daily walks and exercises, though, as they become high-strung and frustrated if ignored.
Poodles are easy to train, as they have a combination of agility, gracefulness, and intelligence. They love and excel in various canine sports, such as agility, tracking, and obedience training. You can even have them compete in retriever hunt and dock diving tests!
Standard Poodles are the easiest to house train and learn the common obedience training commands in a breeze. You will need patience since some dogs take time to master skills and basic commands, but it won’t take long until your Poodle knows most of what he’s taught.
Besides this, Poodles love to please their owner, being people-oriented. As long as you keep training routines positive and enjoyable, they will learn quickly. When training Standard Poodles, keep it encouraging and upbeat with a lot of consistency and rewards.
As mentioned, obesity is a serious health condition, which is why you need to feed your Standard Poodle high-quality dog food.
Your dog’s veterinarian can recommend you excellent dog food based on your Poodle’s age, gender, activity level, and any health conditions he has. You should also ask your veterinarian how much and how often you should feed your Poodle, among other dietary concerns.
Treats are encouraged and will help during training but give treats in moderation. Furthermore, never share human food with your Poodle, especially cooked bones or fatty leftovers. These foods can be dangerous not only for Poodles but for other dog breeds, too.
Since Standard Poodles are active and need a lot of exercise, they are best in households with yards. If not, that’s okay! Just make sure that you spend time walking or running around the neighborhood or dog parks. You can also travel and head to beaches and go hiking, as Poodles love adventures and nature.
As long as you give them enough daily exercise, Standard Poodles will behave well indoors. Being the calmest among the Poodle types, they’ll enjoy staying indoors with their owners!
Poodles are the world’s second most intelligent dog breed. They are also very playful and loyal. While they aren’t an aggressive breed, they have watchdog characteristics and bark, alerting you when suspicious noises or people are around.
While we should see dogs as individuals, Standard Poodles are energetic, athletic, and always eager to learn. They love to please their owners, which adds to their ease of trainability.
Another interesting thing about the Standard Poodle is its sensitivity. They are aware of their owner’s emotions, reading body language and expressions. If you’re having a bad day, they’ll cuddle next to you. If you feel happy and excited, your Standard Poodle will be racing around the house for playtime!
A Standard Poodle’s hypersensitivity makes them easily startled by sound and touch, causing anxiety. Your dog won’t respond well to shouting and harsh discipline, so be calm yet authoritative.
Your Standard Poodle may also suffer from separation anxiety when left too long, so it’s best to address that as soon as possible. It loves being around its owners, so they shouldn’t live outdoors in kennels, nor will they appreciate alone time.
Is the Standard Poodle Puppy a Good Choice for You?
The Standard Poodle is suitable for you if you:
- Want a medium to the large dog breed that is strong and athletic while elegant and graceful
- Suffer from pet-related allergies and need a non-shedding dog
- Want a lively and playful family pet, and you can meet their daily exercise needs
- Have other animals and people at home, since Standard Poodles are friendly with children, adults, and other animals
- Want an intelligent dog that’s easy to train
- Won’t leave the house as often and enjoy a loyal dog by your side
- Can deal with hypersensitivity and separation anxiety issues
- Have the budget for regular grooming, or can you take the time and effort to brush and groom your dog
- Are fine with the bounciness and hyperactivity of Standard Poodle puppies. You’ll need to be patient!
Buying from a Breeder or Adopting
Usually, a purebred Standard Poodle puppy will cost about $600 to $1,500, though the price goes higher. Standard Poodles with superior pedigrees can cost 5x the regular price of Poodles!
The costs would vary from breeder to breeder, also depending on the Poodle’s age. Besides the initial costs, you should also consider the care and maintenance costs, in the long run, particularly grooming and health concerns. It costs a few thousand dollars throughout the years, so make sure you prepare with the love, time, effort, and money for a Standard Poodle.
Search for a well-known and responsible breeder that offers Standard Poodle Puppies for sale. The breeder should treat his dogs and puppies right, providing them a clean, comfortable home for his dogs. Furthermore, ensure he has the correct papers and documents, such as the pedigree certificates, health test documentation, and registration papers.
If you don’t want to purchase a Standard Poodle, you can always adopt one. There are rescue groups and adoption centers that have Poodles from previous owners. While you may not likely get a purebred or superior pedigree, you get to adopt an adult Poodle that may have already been trained and screened for health risks.
Also, adopting is a great option if you’d like to save a life from the animal shelter and give them a new, fulfilling life with you.