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Standard Poodle

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Dog Breed Group
Non Sporting Dogs 
Origin of Breed
Germany as a water retriever 
Life Expectancy
13 to 20 years 
Color
Solid colors only - black, white, gray, blue, silver-cream, red, apricot, chocolate, or cafe au lait. Eyes and nose color depend 
Coat
Curly. Poodles are sometimes groomed into very elaborate cuts. Tail is docked; ears hang down. 
Exercise Needs
Four periods of daily exercise totaling 2 hours 
Temperament
Depends on size. Fun loving and highly intelligent, quick to learn, does exceptionally well in obedience work. Good-natured, sen 
Good with Children
Good with other pets and children 
Grooming Needs
Minimal Shedder. Daily brushing and professional clipping every 6 to 8 weeks to prevent matting. 
Average Size - Male (in)
Minimum 15 
Average Size - Female (in)
Minimum 15 
Average Weight - Male (lbs)
45 - 70 
Average Weight - Female (lbs)
45 - 70 
Health Issues
The poodle is subject to a number of hereditary diseases such as epilepsy and progressive retinal atrophy.v
Living Conditions
Does well in any living situation. 

Breed Description

The Standard Poodle is a active, intelligent and elegant-appearing dog, squarely built, well-proportioned, moving soundly and carrying himself proudly. He still retains his ability as a gundog and swims well. Intelligent and eager to learn makes him popular in obedience trails. Steady, smart and loyal he will do anything an owner could wish for including obedience, shows, tricks, hunting and retrieving. A happy good tempered dog who makes a good family pet. Favored among asthma suffers because of his wooly coat. Originally bred as a retriever and flushers of birds the breed became quite popular among French aristocracy and was designated the national dog of France.

Breed Infobits

There are 3 types of poodle; the Standard Poodle, Miniature Poodle, and Toy Poodle that differ mainly by size.
Poodles behave as if they are huge dogs.
One of the most popular breeds today is the Poodle.
The Poodle is a highly individual dog, and its intelligence varies depending on how much encouragement and enrichment it is offered.
The Poodle is descended from a now nearly extinct French water dog, the Barbet.

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