$700 – $1,200 (average), $2,500 – 5,000 (high-end)
Available in these colours:
The Standard Poodle comes in eleven colours: Apricot, Black, Blue, Brown, Cafe Au lait, Cream, Grey, Red, Silver, Silver Beige, and White
Characteristics & Tendencies:
TENDENCY TO DIG10%
About the Standard Poodle
Noble, elegant and proud. The Standard Poodle has a history of being spectacular show dogs, and were also used as retriever or gun dogs since the 1990’s in Germany. Standard Poodles are the oldest of the three poodle sizes, and belong to the utility dog group. They are also known to be one of the brightest and most attentive dog breeds out there. Nowadays, they have found a place as arm-candy for many celebs worldwide!
This breed is fun-loving, friendly and quite energetic. They need lots of love and companionship, and may even suffer from separation anxiety and loneliness if they are left alone for too long. Despite their high maintenance grooming needs, requiring frequent clipping and exercise, Standard Poodles can provide endless amounts of love and attention in return. If you are looking for a breed that is playful, sociable yet also easy to train, the Standard Poodle is the breed for you!
Top health issues
What are the most common health issues for Standard Poodles?
- Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus
- Skin Allergies
Common Standard Poodle diseases & conditions, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment in detail:
Epilepsy describes repeated episodes of seizures, which are one of the most frequently reported neurological conditions in dogs. It is a chronic disorder affecting dogs, and may run in some families. Dog seizures may be caused by a range of factors, such as trauma, exposure to toxins, issues with the dog’s blood or organs and genetic abnormalities. Generally, the younger the dog is, the more severe the epilepsy will be. Most seizures happen when the dog is resting or sleeping, usually at night or in the early morning. Breeds that are prone include Beagles, Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers and Shetland Sheepdogs. Whilst epilepsy cannot be cured, it can usually be controlled using anticonvulsant drugs. Aside from medication, other management methods include maintaining a seizure log recording the date, time, length and severity of seizures with videotapes to share with your veterinarian, blood work recommended by your veterinarian, and putting a medical alert tag on your pet’s collar in case he gets lost and needs medication.
Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus is a rapidly progressive life-threatening condition in dogs. It is usually associated with large meals and causes the stomach to dilate, due to food and gas, increasing the pressure in the stomach. The consequences of this increased size and pressure may be severe, including prevention of adequate blood return to the heart, rupture of stomach walls, pressure on the diaphragm leading to decreased ability to maintain normal breathing. If the condition worsens and your dog does not receive treatment in time, the condition can become life-threatening. Veterinarians are unsure what causes bloating in dogs, but factors that increase the risk include eating from a raised food bowl, having one large meal a day, eating and drinking too much or even stress. Although any breed can bloat, it is much more common in deep-chested large breeds such as Akitas, Boxers, Basset Hounds and German Shepherds. As this is an emergency, it is imperative your dog receives immediate veterinary intervention. They will treat the shock, and once your dog is stable, take them into surgery to deflate the stomach and tack the stomach to the abdominal wall to prevent it from twisting.
Skin allergies are the most common type of allergic reactions, and are primarily caused by flea allergy dermatitis, food allergies or environmental allergens. Standard Poodles are quite prone to skin allergies, and may develop rashes or excessive hair loss as a consequence. Symptoms of skin allergies generally include scratching, general discomfort or redness.
Take measures to monitor skin allergies by regularly bathing your dog and keeping them flea-free.
The best way to treat an allergy is avoidance of the cause and allergen. In addition to any necessary lifestyle modifications, your veterinarian may prescribe medication for your dog to help control the signs associated with the allergic reaction.
How much does a Standard Poodle eat?
The Standard Poodle has an exact serving size of food depending on the types of food, age, activity level, individual metabolism and overall health status of the dog. Compared to puppies, adult Standard Poodles need a lesser calorie intake that ranges to 70 to 90 calories per kilogram as they typically have a slower metabolism. Feeding your Standard Poodle with commercial food needs to follow the suggested feeding guidelines and with homemade food roughly needs guidelines of serving sizes per ounce of food.
Large, deep chested dogs should be fed carefully to avoid bloat. Two meals per day is safer than one large meal.
How often does the fur fall off?
Poodles have hair as opposed to fur, which means it consistently grows instead of falling out like fur. The Standard Poodle sheds little to no hair, approximately only once every few weeks.
Are Standard Poodles high maintanence?
The Standard Poodle needs its nails trimmed every couple of weeks. It is also good dental hygiene practice to brush your dog’s teeth at least two to three times a week. Be sure to check your dog’s ears, as breeds with drop ears are more likely to get ear infections. It should also be noted that there will be generally be regular grooming expenditure every 6 weeks. Standard Poodles are quite high maintenance dogs as they require regular grooming to keep their curly coat short and free of mats.
How much exercise does a Standard Poodle need?
The Standard Poodle, like almost all other dogs, requires daily exercise. It is recommended to establish a routine that includes walks and fun activities like games to keep your pooch mentally and physically stimulated. Standard Poodles will generally need about 40 to 60 minutes of exercise a day. Most Standard Poodles love to swim, so do take care when near water to ensure their safety.
How often should a Standard Poodle visit the vet?
Unfortunately, inbreeding is extremely high in this dog breed, which has led to a range of health problems being embedded in their gene pool. Standard Poodles are generally most prone to eye disease, skin diseases, digestive diseases and more.
Veterinary care is essential to a dog’s health and wellbeing, however the frequency of treatment and checkups will depend on the dog. Scheduled six-monthly health check visits with your vet are important to ensure your Standard Poodle is healthy and happy throughout all life stages. In these annual visits, your vet will complete a physical examination, take your dog’s temperature and check his heartbeat, among other things. Routine maintenance for your dog gives you a chance to track your dog’s growth and development and discuss any concerns with your vet, and forms a key part of preventative care.
Are Standard Poodle kid-friendly and sociable with humans?
Standard Poodles are a good choice for a family with many children, as well as couples and singles. A Standard Poodle is patient enough to tolerate a baby, and learn to be gentle when around them. As long as their interactions are supervised, they will learn to respect toddlers and small chldren. For a more elderly owner, an older, more mature Standard Poodle may be more suited as they are well-trained and less boisterous than a puppy. At the same time, it should be noted that Standard Poodles are incredibly sensitive to stress, so will not react well if people in their home are experiencing family problems. They are peaceful dogs which are more suited to a peaceful, harmonious home. At the same time, they also make great guard dogs.
Are Standard Poodles difficult to train?
The Standard Poodle will require training to avoid developing bad, undesirable habits. Due to its history in the field of performance as show dogs, appearing in circus and street acts for centuries, this breed is an eager-to-please dog. Standard Poodles are highly trainable dogs that typically excel in obedience training or agility, and are known to be highly intelligent. A Standard Poodle that is well-trained and not spoilt will prove a great companion animal.
Compatibility with other pets
Do Standard Poodles get along with other dogs or cats?
Standard Poodles will do well in multi-pet families, especially if raised with the other pets. Getting along with other pets and small children is not a problem for the poodle.
Need for company
How often do they need to be around humans?
Standard Poodles may appear standoffish in nature, so it is necessary to provide them with enough exposure to people and unusual sights and sounds from puppyhood. They are generally high-spirited dogs, and enjoy being involved in all family matters. The breed tends to develop separation anxiety also, meaning regular and quality human contact is essential.
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