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Cane Corso Standard Poodle

There are three varieties of Poodle: Toy, Miniature, and Standard. Their intelligence level is through the roof, so these dogs work well as assistance dogs, performers, herders, and trackers. They are obedient and agile, as well. In the United States, they are one of the most popular breeds – consistently falling within the top 10. At the World Dog Show and the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, they have taken "Best in Show" any number of times.

A Brief History of Standard Poodle

There seems to be some kind of disagreement as to whether the Poodle is a descendent of a French Barbet water dog or from Germany. (Though, according to the American Kennel Club, they originated in Germany.)

In the 15th and 16th centuries, Poodles were a popular image established by a German artist; and, though almost unrecognizable as a Poodle, in a 1631 self-portrait, Rembrandt included one of these dogs.
To reduce the size of, or save from extinction, several other breeds, Poodles have been used: i.e., Bichon, Standard Schnauzer, Miniature Schnauzer.

In 1887, the breed was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club. Of the three varieties of Poodle, Standard Poodle is the oldest.

Is Standard Poodle a Good Dog to Keep as a Pet?

Standard Poodles are easy to train, smart, energetic, and fun. They make excellent family dogs. Most of the time, they prefer to be with people. For both their body and their mind, plenty of exercise is recommended.

They do not like to be kenneled. Very early, socialization should begin and include a grooming routine, other pets, and other people. Though larger than their other two breed counterparts, at the end of the day, Standard Poodles still love to snuggle just as much as their smaller cousins.

Are They Big Shedders?

One of the questions people ask before buying a dog is, "Do they shed?" Though the fur of a Poodle never stops growing, they are considered hypoallergenic and non-shedders. Unless you want your Poodle to appear shggy and unkempt, regular grooming/clipping is recommended.

Are They Healthy Dogs?

Some Standard Poodles do exhibit certain autoimmune health problems consisting of the following: chronic active hepatitis, temporomandibular myositis, chronic thyroiditis, immune pancytopenia, Evan’s syndrome, immune mediated thrombocytopenia, immune mediated hemolytic anemia, and more. Other diseases to which Standard Poodles may be prone include GVD, Addison's disease, and epilepsy.
All of that said, however, the dogs are generally healthy and usually live between 12 to 15 years.

Did You Know…

Poodles come in various colors. Though when many people think of Poodles, the white coat comes to mind, black is the most common color. Other colors include gray, blue, black and white, sable, cream, and apricot.

Other Fun Facts You Should Know about Standard Poodle

• Poodles, in general, were a favorite of Elvis Presley.
• A team of Standard Poodles competed, at one time, in the Iditarod Dog Sled Race.
• Second only to the Border Collie, they are ranked the most intelligent dog breed.
• They make great service dogs (therapy dogs, assistance dogs for people with disabilities, guide dogs, etc.). 
• While not a Standard Poodle, a Toy Poodle named Nala regularly visits the residence at a local nursing home via the elevator – which she somehow figured out how to use! (She does, however, need help reaching the buttons.) This is a perfect example of the level of intelligence typical of poodles – the Standard included.

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