Poodle (Standard) - Information and NZ Breed Standards

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Poodle (standard)

General Information - Poodle (standard)

Non Sporting


12-13 years


Very high

Very high

Watchdog Ability:
Very high

Protection Ability:

Area of Origin:
Germany and Central Europe

Date of Origin:

Other Names:
Barbone, Caniche

Original Function:
Water retrieving, performer


The Standard Poodle is the original Poodle from which the Miniature and Toy varieties were developed. Historians believe the breed, which belongs to the water dogs family, originated in Russia or Germany, and it has been known there since the 16th Century. The dog had superior waterfowl retrieving abilities and the characteristic trim seen on modern dogs was originally developed to protect the dog's joints and vital organs from frigid waters. The breed was first exhibited in England in 1880 and has gained world-wide recognition since then.


Standard Poodles are one of the most intelligent and obedient dog breeds. The energetic Standard Poodle loves to play, run and swim. This breed gets along well with people and children, but may be reserved with strangers.


All Poodles need a lot of interaction with people. They also need mental and physical exercise. A brief but challenging obedience or play session, combined with a walk, should be part of every Poodle's day. Standard Poodles will need more exercise and may especially enjoy swimming. No Poodle should live outdoors. The show Poodle should preferably be brushed every day or weekly for shorter coats. Poodle hair, when shed, does not fall out but becomes caught in the surrounding hair, which can cause matting if not removed. The pet clips are easier to maintain and can be done every four to six weeks.

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