The original Standard Poodles were water dogs used for hunting & retrieving ducks. Miniatures were used to hunt truffles. To this day, their conformation, and the texture and pattern of their coats, reflect the purposes for which they were bred. Miniatures have been bred down from the standard Poodles and they exhibit the same general characteristics. The Standard & miniature Poodle is an active, intelligent, proud, elegant, and dignified dog. They are a medium to large sized breed of dog with a non shedding coat. A Poodle is a "person" and he expects to be treated as one. They are easily trained and make wonderful companions. The standard poodle is over 15", most stand between 22"-27". The miniature poodle is over 10" but not over 15" at the shoulder, most stand between 13"-15".
A Poodle should be a member of the family. Prospective owners of Poodles should be equipped to provide a fenced-in area in which the dog can exercise or be prepared to walk the Poodle regularly on a leash. Poodles require regular clipping and grooming; owners can readily learn how to groom their own dog or they can take their Poodle to a professional grooming shop on a regular basis of every 6 weeks.
The Standard Poodle is an extremely intelligent and trainable dog. In fact, it is right behind the Boarder Collie as the 2nd smartest breed. They have a pleasant, happy and sensitive personality. The Standard Poodle tends to be a bit calmer than the Miniature Poodle just because of their size. One most important thing is that they need to be with people and dislike being alone. There is no use in getting a Standard Poodle or Miniature Poodle if you just want a dog to have outside as a status symbol. As with all breeds the Poodle should be properly socialized to insure a stable and balanced temperament. Most Standard Poodles make great watchdogs and some even have mild protective instincts. Their attitude towards people varies from friendly to politely reserved. Early socialization is a must to avoid any bad traits arising. Standard and Miniature Poodles make excellent family companions.
For more information on the history of the Poodle please visit The Poodle History Project www.poodlehistory.org/
The Poodle Club of America
The Ameican Kennel Club Poodle Breed Standard
The Candian Kennel Club Poodle Breed Standard