What is a Poodle?
Breed Standard General Appearance, Carriage and Condition
That of a very active, intelligent and elegant-appearing dog, squarely built, well proportioned, moving soundly and carrying himself proudly. Properly clipped in the traditional fashion and carefully groomed, the Poodle has about him an air of distinction and dignity peculiar to himself.
The Standard Poodle is over 15 inches at the highest point of the shoulders. Any Poodle which is 15 inches or less in height shall be disqualified from competition as a Standard Poodle.
Proportion: To insure the desirable squarely built appearance, the length of body measured from the breastbone to the point of the rump approximates the height from the highest point of the shoulders to the ground.
Substance: Bone and muscle of both forelegs and hindlegs are in proportion to size of dog.
Quality--(1) Curly: of naturally harsh texture, dense throughout. (2) Corded: hanging in tight even cords of varying length; longer on mane or body coat, head, and ears; shorter on puffs, bracelets, and pompons.
Clip-- A Poodle under 12 months may be shown in the "Puppy" clip. In all regular classes, Poodles 12 months or over must be shown in the "English Saddle" or "Continental" clip.
Temperament: Carrying themself proudly, very active, intelligent, the Poodle has about them an air of distinction and dignity peculiar to themself. Major fault: shyness or sharpness. Poodles are good family dogs — fun, energetic, smart and easy to train. They do best with plenty of exercise for both mind and body and prefer to be with people most of the time. They are not good kennel dogs. Socialization should begin early and include other people, other pets and the grooming routine.
Life Expectancy: 12-15 Years
What is a Moyen Standard Poodle
A Small Standard or Moyen or Klein poodle in the U.S. is usually considered 15" to 20" tall. They are becoming popular for people that'd like the calmer Standard Poodle but in a smaller package. People that live in a smaller home, condo or apartment find it easier to have a Moyen Klein poodle.
The Moyen Klein Small Standard Poodles fit perfectly with their smart, affectionate, loveable ways but they eat less, easier to bathe and groom, and fit in a smaller area or crate. The other difference with this smaller size of Standard Poodle, is that as long as they don't get overweight, they don't tend to have the same issues with hip dysplasia that larger dogs do. Also, smaller dogs tend to live longer than really large dogs.
MERLE COAT PATTERN EXPLAINED
Merle is a dilution gene, that is, it lightens whatever the coat color would otherwise have been. The lightening is not spread evenly over the coat, but leaves patches of undiluted color scattered over the dog's body.
A POODLE REVIEW
Grooming a Poodle