Breed Center Stage – Standard Poodle

Standard Poodles, with their active, aristocratic personalities, are a popular breed with both individuals and families alike. Many people have the completely wrong impression when it comes to poodles, thinking they are somehow ‘sissy’ dogs. In fact, they are athletic, very smart and are easily trained.

A gorgeous black Standard Poodle named Siba, took home the Best in Show Trophy at the year’s Westminster Dog show with a performance in the ring that was nearly perfect.

Although poodles are seen as elegant, aristocratic and pampered pooches, their history is very different as they were originally bred to be water retrievers. Their dense, low allergen coats repel water very effectively, which make them naturals for this type of work.

 Even their coat cut and style was developed to help them move more efficiently in the water, with hair being shaved away from areas that might get caught on underwater debris and other areas over joints left covered to keep in body heat.

The name “poodle’ comes from pudel a German word “meaning to splash in water”. The French call the poodle Caniche which comes from chien canard, literally “duck dog!”

Standard Poodles are the largest poodle variety, standing at more than fifteen inches at the shoulder. Their smaller cousins, the Miniatures and Toy poodles, come in at no more than fifteen and ten inches respectively.

The breed is particularly important to as our WoofBook official mascots are two Standard Poodles; named Charlet and Sterling, known as “The Duo” and their antics can often be seen in posts in our free Facebook group. Dog parents of any breed are welcome to join at

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By Ellen Britt

Dr. Ellen Britt has loved dogs since she was a child. She is particularly fond of the Northern breeds, especially Alaskan Malamutes. Ellen worked as a PA in Emergency and Occupational Medicine for two decades and holds a doctorate (Ed.D.) in biology.

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