Standard Poodles, while very graceful and elegant are large enough to handle long walks and hard play. When they are still puppies, care must be taken of course, to prevent injury from rough play and jumping from heights.
Since this breed is prone to tooth decay, dental care at home along with yearly professional care. Even so, it is not uncommon for a senior, old standard to have one or two missing teeth. Proper feeding of wholesome foods for both main meals and snacks will help to ensure a happy and healthy dog and that is able to reach his expected life span of 10 to 14 years.
This breed is known for its intelligence (in the top 5 most intelligent) and generally does very well with house training and command training. This breed can work well as a watchdog by alerting you to the presence of unwanted visitors on the property with its sharp bark. The Poodle is not however, known for being overly aggressive or having biting issues.
Standard Poodles usually get along very well with children, however size issues may come into play. Very young puppies are small enough to be injured if not handled properly young young kids... And at the same time they grow quickly and and 18 month old Standard will be much larger than little toddlers which means the dog will need to be careful around the young child.
Loyal, emotional and eager to be included in everything, this breed is a great companion for any sized family looking for a large sized pet.
Even though the toy, miniature and standard Poodles are considered the same dog breed, they do have different health issues. The standard size is more prone to Epilepsy, hypothyroidsim, hip dsyplasia, Sebaceous Adenitis, luxating patella, bloat, Addison's disease, von Willebrand's disease and PRA. Learn about health issues