As a longtime owner of Standard Poodles, I have extensive experience with this breed.
Why Should You Get a Standard Poodle?
If you are looking for a dog that is extremely intelligent, good-natured, and fun-loving, the Standard Poodle should be at the top of your list. As a longtime owner of Standards, I can attest that they are fantastic dogs and one of my favorite breeds. If you talk with people that have or have had Standard Poodles in the past, you will be hard-pressed to find someone who does not have something good to say about this breed. Here's just a few of their positive qualities:
Beautiful and Hypoallergenic
Standards are great for people who are allergic to dog hair, as this breed does not shed. Your house will stay much cleaner with a Poodle living in it. They come in many different colors, such as White, Black, Apricot, and Silver. There are even multicolored Poodles, otherwise known as Parti Poodles.
Intelligent and Athletic
These dogs are so smart, they actually learn and understand many different words. Some Standards also excel at agility, as they love to compete and are athletes by nature. Standards are a durable and strong breed that make great walking and hiking partners.
Affectionate and Loyal
Standard Poodles love to be with their people: They are happiest when they are following you around the house and sleeping in your bedroom. They thrive on attention and will reward you with loads of affection. They will be protective of their family and will alert you when strangers are near—yet they also love kids and get along well with almost any other pet you may have. Standard Poodles are proud and have an air of royalty to them, and they will return the love showered upon them many times over.
Things to Think About Before You Get a Standard Poodle
As great as Standard Poodles are, they do have a few drawbacks:
Weight and Size
Some full-grown male Standard Poodles can weigh up to 80 pounds or more. Smaller-framed or elderly folks can be easily overpowered by an adult Standard unless these dogs are trained from an early age not to pull on the leash. Standards also like to play rough: If you have little children underfoot, you may want to wait to get a Standard until the kids are a little older.
Tip: Maybe a Mini or Toy Poodle would be a better choice. They have the same great personality as a Standard Poodle in a smaller package.
Feeding a Standard Poodle can get rather expensive due to their larger size. Standard Poodles need to be fed high-quality food to stay healthy and look their best. For a large Standard Poodle, expect to go through 30 pounds of premium dog food every month or so. If you have not priced premium-quality food lately, you may be in for sticker shock. One bag of Solid Gold Barking at the Moon dog food (which we feed our dogs) costs approximately $53 for a 30-pound bag.
Tip: Please do not think of skimping and buying cheap grocery store dog food: The money you thought you saved will be spent on vet bills. Quality food will make your Standard grow into a beautiful and healthy adult.
This breed's hair grows constantly. Your dog will need to be groomed on a regular basis or you will have one shaggy-looking Poodle on your hands. Expect to take your Standard to the groomer every month or so. Since they are a larger breed, grooming can get rather expensive.
Tip: I would recommend learning to groom your Standard yourself. While the initial grooming supplies can be rather expensive, they will pay for themselves many times over with the money you save in the long run. Plus, grooming strengthens the bond with your Poodle. Poodles—if properly trained to be groomed as pups—love all the attention on the grooming table. I made the choice to learn how to groom my Poodles many years ago. Oftentimes when we are out in public with our Standard, people will actually come up to us and ask, "Who grooms your dog?" I am always glad that I took the time to learn how to groom Poodles.
Intelligence and Energy Level
If you want a dog that you can leave in the backyard for hours at a time, a Standard is not the best choice. You would have one unhappy dog on your hands, and he would be sure to let the neighborhood know of his displeasure by barking excessively and causing a scene. These dogs are too intelligent to neglect. Standards are such intelligent creatures, in fact, that they will often try to outsmart you. Standards have a long puppyhood and will not begin to mellow out until they are almost three years old. They will need to be kept active and exercised a few times a day to keep their energy level in check. They love to play fetch or go for walks.
Tip: Be prepared to devote at least 30 minutes twice a day for playtime with your Standard Poodle. Also, these dogs can do exceptionally well in obedience training, but some can be a little stubborn and may need ongoing refresher training.
While most Standard Poodles are healthy (and can live an average of 14 years or sometimes even longer), some can be prone to genetic problems.
Tip: The best thing you can do is get your Standard Poodle from a reputable breeder. Find one that tracks health issues and has had both parents tested for these issues. Avoid pet shops and puppy mills, as they generally do not care about the longterm health of your pet. Most do not do the necessary health testing, and it can be very heartbreaking to lose a Standard Poodle at a young age. Check the Poodle Health Registry, which is where you can research pedigrees and verify which tests the breeder has done.
Additional Resources: If you would like to read more, please visit Poodle Club of America. They provide some really good information and are a great resource on genetic testing in Standard Poodles.
Poodles May Seem High-Maintenance, But They're High-Reward
Please do not let some of this information scare you from getting a Standard Poodle, but simply use it to make an informed decision. Any purebred dog you can research has their share of genetic issues, and it is always best to know ahead of time what you are in for rather than learn after the fact. For some, Standard Poodle may not be the best choice, but others may do the research and find that a Standard Poodle is the only breed of dog they will ever want to own. To me, the only thing better than having a Standard Poodle in your life is having two!
Janice bird on August 13, 2020:
I am waiting to be a proud poodle puppy parent. Litter due 23/08/20 love poodles friends have them so very excited as i am retiring and looking forward to keeping active with my poodle
thanuja on July 12, 2020:
can i keep my standard poodle indoors, but not in an apartment
Peter t on June 22, 2020:
I have a 3 yr old
He's 48 lbs is a red standard
Perfect size . And is the sweetest most affectionate pooch I've ever known this breed will steal you're heart. He goes everywhere i go since 8 weeks. Total therapy dog for anyone he comes into contact with.
Not a barker at all
I lucked out there everyone loves there dog but I'm constantly told Benson is special!
Nita on June 06, 2020:
I would like to adopt a small dog.
J on May 13, 2020:
Love standard poodles. Have 3, each a different color, and different personality. All are loyal and protective. Love their affectionate disposition.
Stacey on April 16, 2020:
My standard poodle is almost 2. She is a fantastic dog! I am surprised that they are not a more popular breed. She loves her pack.
Jess on March 27, 2020:
Best dog I’ve ever had just amazing but you need to dedicate your time to them you have to always consider their feelings sensitive smart and love giving hugs
Trudie lusted on April 01, 2019:
we have one beautiful boy called Sid, 3 and a half. He now has a baby sister, 13 weeks old called Olive. Love
Elaine Conness on August 30, 2018:
We poodle appreciatives are a breed apart; just like our poodles. Nothing like a Standard Poodle; hands down!
Sharron on March 09, 2018:
I had a cream standard for over 13 years. She was the most intelligent sensitive tuned in dog there is. At 12 until the cancer took hold she was still outrunning all the younger dogs. Still had a mouthful of fantastic teeth and her coat still luxuriously thick.hated all forms of dry food. Loved chicken tins of butchers tripe original and pigs ears. Yes they have a longer puppy phase but it is great because you get longer to teach them train them and they soak it up like a sponge and want and need to learn and to please. I found as long as she had her walks it didnt matter if it was short or long she was happy.i kept her in a lamb cut and a shorter one in summer. I always knew when she needed grooming as her appetite would wane. Then soon as she had a load off she was ravenous for a week as she went into wool growing mode lol! Yes they need to be near you and not kept outside.however she was fine left for a few hours on her own.as long as I said see you in two minutes she knew I would be back and was hapoy and calm.Before i bought her I bought a book about poodles. It said "poodles are houseproud dogs" i laughed disbeleivingly. But honestly you would not have known a dog lived in my house except for the bowls on the floor in the corner. She was never distructive wasnt even interested in chewing anything that didnt have a meaty taste to it. Im not actually a dog lover !'all that hair dribble and doggy smell. So ive decided Poodles are therefore not dogs he he! They dont smell like most dogs they dont dribble and they dont shed and they are just too clever to be dogs and I love them!! Gods gift. If you have a poodle in your life you are blessed and you will have gained an extra shadow. When my girl could no longer toilet with dignity I decided that was it.the vet came to put her to sleep. She is buried in my garden with a plaque that includes the words "see you in two minutes"
ricoh on February 26, 2018:
Standard Poodle are highly intelligent dogs with great love for family, in which they consider their pack. They have abundance of energy even in advanced years. I have two standards , my female is the senior at third teen years of age who has the stamina of a dog much younger, who still craves extremely long walks of at least one mile. My youngster is only six months loves long walks also. To keep this breed in great health a owner should have the dedication to walk these beautiful animals on a regular basis. Lastly the are excellent watch dogs, w ho will alert quickly if there is a intruder on your premise. They have a uncanny ability to sense strange characters while you walking your everyday walk, you can call it great dog awareness sense. They are truly the smartest breed by far
dgicre (author) from USA on April 04, 2015:
Poodles are truly family orientated dogs, leave them alone for too long and they will start acting out. I know someone that had a Standard and she worked full time and her dog was a happy well adjusted dog. The key to a happy standard is wear them out to scrub off their energy. This means before work otherwise they will be climbing the walls before you get home. They also need to be inside the house with you when you are home and they will also happily share your bedroom and also your bed if you let them.
Kendall on December 15, 2014:
I am about to get my first Standard Poodle. I have a husband and 2 children and we re ready to love this dog with all of our hearts. We are ready to walk, and play and give tons of attention to this dog. People are being cruel though and telling me I shouldn't get one because my husband works for full time and I work Monday-Thursday 8:30-2:00. We can't possibly be with a dog 24/7! People can work and have a dog can't they? I don't even work full time. Anyway, I'm hoping that even though I'm not here 24/7 I can raise a sweet, loving, smart, and most of all happy dog!
chuck cashdollar on November 15, 2014:
my wife and i own 2 standard poodles one silver and one white names gg and christel the are sisters from same litter and are nine years old one about 55 pounds and one 50 they are the the best dogs and are the best dogs we have ever owned chuck
Ava on March 17, 2014:
I had 3 std loved them all so much 2 black one white.so beautiful so intelligent so well behaved still cry for everyone.
Now i'm very old have an 8yr old apricot. She was a breeding bitch A sweet girl so good from day one.she is so thankful for everything I do for her.
Your article was really good,to the point.
melinda on January 16, 2014:
Dominique...I have tears in my eyes after reading that. I can just picture what you're saying...I believe that she was conveying her love for you when she did that! I absolutely believe they love us and have emotions; they are God's gift to us...(besides our kids lol!)
Dominique on December 03, 2013:
I own my first standard poodle (parti) since november 2012. I am so in love with her! Of course she can be a brat and steel food on the kitchen counter when I'm not lo0king and still jumps on people when excited but we're working on her and are not letting go.
Yesterday in the car, she was sitting on the passenger seat and she put her paw on my harm and just stared at me. I swear, I thought she was trying to tell me something and it felt like she was human. I told her I loved her and she turned back to look forward again but kept holding my arm while I drove. My heart melted! I am so very much in love with her, even my kids never looked at me that way! :)
dgicre (author) from USA on November 03, 2013:
They sure can run, we love taking our Standard Poodle to a large grassy field and letting him chase after our Aussie Border collie mix. He outweighs her by 30 lbs and although he really trys he can never seem to catch her. She is just too fast for him.
Steven on October 23, 2013:
Just clocked my 1.75 Y/O standard at 32 MPH. She is 63 lbs
dgicre (author) from USA on June 20, 2013:
Congratulations on your newest Standard Poodle family member! Apricots are always darker when they are pups and then lighten as they get older and lose their puppy fur. My pup was approx the color of his pictures and he is a little lighter now. Although in winter, if their fur get's wet they will get a little darker than in the summer when the sun fades their fur.
lynnfrat on June 20, 2013:
I will be getting my first standard poodle in July. Can hardly wait. She is a light red now, but I expect her to fade to apricot. What color was your apricot when you got her? How much did she fade? I love the apricot color and specifically chose this pup because of the light red she is as a baby and knowing she should fade being her father is an apricot (mother is a light to medium red).
jacqui hirsch on June 16, 2013:
I have multiple sclerosis and allergies. I'm really interested in finding a standard poodle to be trained to be a service dog. I have a bichon frise and a maltipoo right now and a standard poodle would be a needed addition.
LA Elsen from Chicago, IL on October 01, 2012:
Poodles have always been my favorite breed. Mom raised St. Bernards then fell in love with the poodle. We had a black standard named Brandy who was by far, the smartest and cleanest dog that ever lived in our house. We were really fortunate to have a great breeder. Thanks for writing this hub.
dgicre (author) from USA on August 19, 2012:
I am so sorry for your loss. Standards are such great dog's and I cried like a baby when we lost our last Standard at 14 years old, six years ago. He was my buddy, and yesterday as I was cleaning the leaves from his grave marker, it still brings tears to my eyes when I think about him. My only hope is that some day we will be reunited in heaven with our beloved pets. Your Standard was lucky she had a great owner that loved her.
jane on August 18, 2012:
hi iv just had another standard in cream as my just passed with an illness she was 14 years old and was a very loving loyal girl and loved by everyone and she was amazing and now shes still with me in her wooden coffin at home with us but if you want a pet a standard would be great and by the wy great comments from everyone x
dgicre (author) from USA on June 04, 2012:
As I am writing this, my 75 pound Royal Standard Apricot Poodle is sleeping with his head on my feet. Thanks so much for all the comments! From your comments I can see so many have been touched by a poodle and your lives have been forever changed.
Lauren - Dogologie Designs on June 03, 2012:
I have a black standard and she is such a love bug! I am training her to be a therapy dog but she is only 18months and has a lot of energy :)
Great breed! I want one in every color and have a fleet of therapy dogs :)
RICOH on May 27, 2012:
I have two standard poodles one black female and a dark brown and white parti, these two dogs arevextremly intelligent,and they are exvcellent watch and guard dog's. They love my grandchildren.
Maggie on April 24, 2012:
Ther is no dog like a poodle. We have 2 standards. (one black female and one white male). Smart, smart, smart!! Precious angels!!
lawtch on February 19, 2012:
My sister has owned 2 standards in the last 25 years and I had one for 14years and my current one is almost three years old. I love them as a breed. Have had other dogs in the past but nothing compares for intelligence, loyalty and laughter making. Can be stubborn and arrogant but can be trained if you persevere. Whenever I walk him always get loads of compliments and interest.
I agree with other comments - amazing dogs!!
dgicre (author) from USA on January 07, 2012:
Our Standard just turned 5 years old. They have a long puppy stage, but keep getting sweeter with time.
Raimundo Bartho from Brazil, São Paulo, Praia Grande on December 05, 2011:
Amazing dog. Oh, I love it.
dgicre (author) from USA on April 01, 2011:
Thanks Austin for your comments. They really are a fantastic dog and one of my favorite breeds.
Austin on April 01, 2011:
Poodles are great dogs I think they are from Germany but they are from France and Germany. if u think they are the second smartest dog your wrong the standard poodle is.the others don't even make the top ten.if u u a standard poodle they like to be around there master they know who is in charge if they don't your doing something wrong.they know how to read,hunt,show, and more they sometimes can make good guard dogs. They get at average speed up to 20-35 miles per hour this means they love to be walked if u do that that restores there energy. If you want them to be mean this is not a dog for you but they will protect if they feel a threat they will protect you till there last breath.they need a lot of grooming. They are great dogs.they have great senses and knowing. Austin
dgicre (author) from USA on November 05, 2010:
Thank you for your comments Maria. They do look really great with longer hair, although they tend to get a little uncomfortable when their hair is longer in warmer weather. Poodles love to snuggle and when they get warm they tend do so much less and prefer to be on the floor, where it is cooler. As much as I would like my Poodles to have longer hair, I really enjoy cuddling with them more. They also seem to play harder and have more energy when their hair is a little shorter. We typically keep our poodle's hair cut like in the picture of our Apricot Poodle in the snow. Just a little bit shorter in the warmer weather. I'm sure you will enjoy your poodle every bit as much as we do.
Maria Cecilia from Philippines on November 05, 2010:
The first time I saw 2 standard poodle owned by a friend, I was astonished and overwhelmed because I didn't know that a poodle can actually grow that big, I saw standard poodle in a big screen but it's different when you see them personally. You are right they look elegant that you cannot take to just leave them behind in a backyard and ungroomed. But this registered to my mind, they don't shade fur and looks like they are easier to handle as compared with other long haired breed. I have two Philippine Local dogs and I am always fascinated with big breed dogs but avoid those with long hair.. but now I am giving the standard poodle a second thought..nice info and thanks
dgicre (author) from USA on October 02, 2010:
Thanks so much for the comments I really appreciate them. A day spent with a Poodle is a day that will be far from dull. They are so intelligent they can almost read your mind. If you spend the time and really bond with your Poodle, this will be the only breed of dog you will ever want again. Unless of course a little stray comes into your life and you get attached which is exactly what happened to us. We found a poor neglected and abandoned Aussie and after nursing her back to health she has become a member of our pack. It's when you get a dog that sheds hair you really appreciate the fact that poodles do not shed. The grooming takes some work but well worth it.
Warm regards ~~ dgicre
Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on September 30, 2010:
A very informative article about Poodles i had a silver one many years ago, they are so smart and beautiful.
fayehelen on September 30, 2010:
I have a standard poodle and she is amazing; definitely the most clever dog I have ever experienced. They are a great breed! Would never look at any others now
Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on September 29, 2010:
Thank you for the information. I have owned many dogs over the years and have always been interested in getting a standard poodle, but haven’t because of the grooming expense. Your article has given me things to think about.
dgicre (author) from USA on September 14, 2010:
Thanks for the kind words Kims. You are 100% correct they are the best!
kims3003 on September 10, 2010:
Awesome! Have been raised with standard poodles all my childhood and have now raised them all my adult years. Love them - there is no other breed quite like them. Very well written hub - A++! work!!
dgicre (author) from USA on June 26, 2010:
Thanks you for your kind words. Miniature and Toy Poodles have the same great personalities. I have had them all, and loved them all just as much.
SilverGenes on June 26, 2010:
Thank you for this very informative article. It's given me something to think about although my lifestyle may be more suited to a smaller breed. They are beautiful dogs!