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Temperament - Standards

Standard Poodle Temperament

Standard Poodle running obstacles
Let's 1st have a quick overview of the Standard Poodle:

Alternative name: French Poodle
Original name: Pudelhund; meaning "to splash about" and "dog"
Size class: Large
Average Weight: 45-70 pounds (20.41 to 31.8 kg)
Life Span: 10-14 Years
Average Litter: 7 
Origin: Germany | Developed in France
Personality Traits: Proud, active, intelligent
Bred for: Water retriever
Height: Over 15 inches (38.1 cm)
The Standard Poodle Temperament

No matter which size a Poodle is (Toy, Mini, Moyen or Standard) all fall under the one breed of Poodle.  They have the same breed standards in regard to coat color and appearance.There is also no difference in intelligence or capability to be properly trained. The main difference will be size and due to this the larger Standard will mature at a different rate than his smaller counterparts.  Reaching adulthood at the 18 month mark, he will hold onto his puppy-like tendencies up until that point or even a bit longer until the 2 year mark. 

As he matures into adult-hood, he calms down and while still playful and attentive, will not be so hyper and super curious as he was when younger. 

Many owners and potential owners want to know if the Standard Poodle temperament is different than with the smaller variations of the Toy or Mini. While some may be surprised at the answer, the answer is a big YES.

And there is a logical reason for this... Over the many generations that breeding has been progressing, the Toy and Mini versions of this breed have been bred down in size...Why? Well, this has to do with temperament. All Poodles originated as hunting dogs....they are fantastic swimmers and were used mainly for sport hunting...They would jump into water without hesitation to go after prey. (This is the reason that the pompon on the tail is it was once thought to allow the dog to be able to swim faster)....
While they were wonderful at this, they were not generally inside companion, family dogs.

Then, as time went on, there was public demand for this fantastic dog to be available in a smaller size. Therefore, over time the Mini and the Toy were developed into the dogs that we know of today. Why was there such a demand? Because for owners, a smaller dog = a companion dog (also referred to a a lap dog). And that equals a small dog that can easily live indoors with their human family members.

When a dog is integrated into the family as a member....and not used for hunting, etc....This allows the canine to develop traits that are sought that loves to snuggle, be patted, can easily be carried around, and just as "lap dog" refers to, they can sit right on top of your lap without causing discomfort and keep you company.

Therefore, as time has gone by, the hunting traits of the smaller Toy and Mini were slowly taken away from them. (While some may have the instinct to chase, it is far less than their larger counterparts). The Standard Poodle temperament often still includes that strong hunting instinct and ability.... and generally a bit more of an Independence streak. 
Standard Poodle walking down road
So what does this mean to an owner?

For one thing, being a larger, stronger dog, they are able to withstand play with children better than the smaller versions... For example, a Toy can easily be injured by a child who does not know better and plays too rough. Being friendly, Standards will be able to play and even rough house a bit with older children. Therefore, in a home with multiple children, the Standard Poodle temperament is a good fit...they are, in general, more tolerable to youngsters.

Another element is that while all 3 variations are rather active canines, the Standard Poodle will need to be exercised more often and for longer periods of time. It is not recommended to overdue exercise while they are puppies...the bones are still developing...however, once they are adult canines it is highly recommended to offer at least 2 daily walks, roughly lasting 30 minutes long. Alternatively, one may wish to offer 1 daily walk that lasts approximately 1 hour.

A Standard's general personality is often a great fit for many families. As an adult he is independent yet enjoys time spent together.  He is alert to his environment but is not a constant barker. He likes to cuddle but also enjoys his own bed that is placed in the corner of an often-used room.  He will patiently wait while take care of a task, entertaining himself, but leap to be by your side when it's time for a walk. 

Another issue that owners sometimes do not think about when choosing size, is the element of the heat cycle of the dog. Very small dogs such as the Toy will enter heat however due to their size sometimes it is not even noticeable to an owner. 

Discharge is often very little and and is true for many Mini's as well. With the Standard Poodle, the discharge from this can be quite noticeable and cause quite a mess for some. If the dog has not been spayed, some owners prefer to handle this by using canine diapers for this time so that blood and other substances do not stain the sofa, bed, carpeting and other objects in the household.

Anal Glands

While this is an issue that owners of ALL sized Poodles should be aware of, because the Standard is larger, the anal glands will be as well. You can read more about Anal Glands.
Colors, Grooming and More

Standard Poodles may be solid, parti colored (a mix of colors) or phantom colored. Colors are: Apricot, Black, Blue, Brown, Cafe Au lait, Cream, Gray, Red, Silver, Silver beige and White. Learn much more about Poodle colors.

Grooming will be quite the same as with any size, however, of course there is more body to cover! For this reason, owners will want to be sure that they have the time to perform grooming as necessary to keep the dog healthy can clean. 
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