poodles are outgoing and people oriented dogs. They prefer to
be around people, and involved in the household activities.
They love to get in the car for a ride, and travel quite easily.
They are energetic and athletic dogs. They are not a dog that
will thrive in a kennel environment, or staked outside in the
yard. If kept by a working family, they will need exercise
daily, and toys to keep them busy during the day. A well
exercised standard poodle will be a well behaved dog in your
poodles are considered to be one of the most intelligent breeds
of dogs. They are exceptionally easy to train. In fact, if you
ask a standard poodle to do the same trick several times in a
row, they will often not do it the 3rd or 4th time, thinking
that they must be doing it wrong if you keep asking, and offer a
different behavior. They are very easily housebroken, and will
be housebroken in a few days by a diligent new owner, instead of
weeks or months. Poodles thrive on having some kind of job.
example, being asked to bring in the paper in the morning,
clearing the yard of vermin (squirrels), patrolling the
neighborhood on leash, as well as puppy classes and outings with
the family, will keep your intelligent standard poodle
challenged and content.
One of my girls
knew which night was agility class night. She was excited and
happy after dinner and kept looking at me and the door until we
left! My poodles are also very aware of household routines. When
we are getting ready for school and work, they stay away from
the door. Let us start packing for a dog show or camping trip,
and they are in the way. They stand at the door, and run out,
jumping into the car at first chance, so they donít get left
behind. If you mention the word 'walk', they will circle
around, pace and whine until you take them out!
poodles are very perceptive of people's moods. They make
excellent therapy dogs. One of our 14 week old, energetic
puppies would lie quietly on the bed of a very sick family
member, for long periods of time while she was petting her.
This same poodle will let little children pet her while she sits
quietly, but let a group of adolescent boys or young men show
up, and she will bark, run around and rough house with them!
Another of our girls loves everyone she meets and greets them
with exuberance, trying to kiss them and wagging her whole
Poodles do not
shed, as they grow hair. They are hypoallergenic and tolerated
very well by most people with allergies.
If there is a downside to owning a standard Poodle, it would
have to be the
grooming. Poodles require regular grooming. They grow hair
that curls. If the coat is not groomed, it will mat. Some
people enjoy grooming their dogs, and donít mind keeping a
poodle in a long coat. Other owners who hike or hunt often with
their poodles, or let them swim, may be happier if they keep the
coat short. A poodle coat that is trimmed short will require
minimum brushing time, where a poodle in a full show coat can
require significant grooming time.
On a positive note, you can change
the appearance of your pet with the trim you choose.
note on our site that MACH4 Kasha is in a variety of clips, each one
giving her a different look.
You can have the full continental
poodle clip with pom poms, like Mitsy, above left, or a short close trim
like a retriever, as modeled by MACH4 Kasha above right, or you can go for the doodle look, leaving the hair a
MACH4 Kasha in a German Sport Clip.
Standard poodles make excellent family pets. They will greet
you with love and cheerfulness when you return home. They do
not bark excessively, but if there is something to bark about,
they will warn you. They are easily trained, and agreeable.
They are not a destructive breed, and are easy to live with.
Once you have owned a standard poodle, you will not want another
breed!The picture on the right is a perfect example of two
poodles expressing their sheer joy of going down to the river's
edge and getting to run and play with each other and their