Breed Profile: The Standard Poodle

Best in Show for Crufts 2014 was awarded to Afterglow Maverick Sabre, better known as “Ricky”, a handsome Standard Poodle owned by his handler Jason Lynn together with John and Sandra Stone. This popular breed is instantly recognisable, with their elegant gait, proud, balanced physique, and often remarkable clips. Here is our introduction to this beautiful and intelligent breed.

Background and Temperament

The Standard Poodle originated in Germany, but was quickly standardised in France, where it remains a highly popular dog breed to this day. They were originally bred as water retrievers, where the classic Poodle clips had a practical purpose, allowing the dogs to swim quickly and easily, as well as keeping them protected from cold water temperatures. The breed has a high life expectancy (especially for a larger dog) of 12 years on average. These dogs are very intelligent, with characterful personalities, so it is important to keep them both physically and mentally active. They are particularly loyal to their owners and enjoy high levels of affection and attention. They also make surprising good guard dogs.

Grooming Needs

Poodles have dense, woolly coats that come in a wide range of colours, including black, white, brown, grey, apricot, cream and blue. The coat can be groomed into various shapes – there are numerous show-style clips to choose from, although many owners opt to keep the coat short and tidy. Puppy clips are particularly popular at the moment.

Even with these relatively low maintenance cuts, however, Poodles still need regular professional grooming every 4 – 6 weeks, and will need daily brushing and regular touch ups at home. Poodles also typically have sensitive ears that can benefit from regular cleaning.

Standard Poodle Grooming Kit:

  • Pin brush
  • Slicker
  • Combination comb
  • Groomers Groom and Detangle
  • Bull nose scissors
  • Pet clippers/trimmers
  • Groomers Clean Ear

If you are interested in owning a Standard Poodle, contact the Kennel Club for approved breeders in your area. Groomers support responsible dog ownership – ensure you only bring a new dog into your life after thorough research and consideration of its needs.


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