Poodles make the perfect family companion, they are smart, friendly, non-shedding and easy to train. Most poodles are "velcro dogs", they love to be with their people and they love to cuddle!
Size: Standard poodles can range in size from 16"-26" at the shoulder, 40-50 lbs(females) and 60-70 lbs(males). Males are often larger than the females. Our standards are in the size range of 22"-25" at the shoulder and 40-70 lbs.
Life expectancy & health: Standard poodles can live up to 10-18 years old. The health of your poodle will depend on many different factors like what food they are given and how much exercise they get. Click here to read about bloat in dogs.
Grooming: Poodles have hair that constantly grows so they require frequent grooming. Poodles can be kept in shorter trims for easier maintenance, otherwise poodles in a long coat require daily brushing to avoid matting. If you do not brush a full- coated poodle completely to the skin, the hair will mat near the roots and will have to be shaved off. Some owners choose to groom their dog themselves and some take their dog to a professional groomer on a schedule about every 4-6 weeks. Regardless if you groom your poodle yourself or you take them to a groomer you should always dry off your poodle with a high velocity pet dryer when their hair gets wet to avoid matting. Along with regular baths done at home nail trimmings and ear cleaning should be done on a regular basis. (see our products page for recommended grooming supplies)