The Standard Poodle


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Interesting Fact:The French name for Poodle, Caniche, means duck dog, which is indicative of this dog's original specialty as a duck retriever.

Appearance:Poodles have an elegant appearance.  Their coat is curly and referred to as “non-shedding” hair rather than fur.  They do lose hair just as humans do, but they tend to be more hypoallergenic than breeds with fur.  Most Poodles are a solid color, but there are “parti” Poodles, who have patches of other colors.

Personality:Poodles are rated among the most intelligent of the breeds.  They are alert, responsive,  and generally easy to train.  Many Poodle guardians report a strong sense of closeness with their dog and that their dog is attuned to their every move and mood.  They are great companions, guards and retrievers.  At heart they remain a working breed, so need mental and physical stimulation.  At home they tend to be calm.

Size:  40-55 lbs, over 15 inches high at the shoulder   Life Expectancy:  12 years

Common Health Problems:Addison’s Disease (treatable, but can cause fatal sodium/potassium imbalances), epilepsy, bloat and sebaceous adenitis (a gland issue affecting the skin) are sometimes seen, but overall Poodles are a healthy breed.

Best Match:The best match for a Poodle is someone who wants a dog he or she can exercise with daily and who likes to teach new tricks and commands.  Someone interested in duck hunting, dock diving, obedience, nose work, agility, or any number of dog sports will make a great match for this breed.  Poodles also require regular grooming or haircuts.


Featured Adoptable:Romeo is a gorgeous 9-month-old standard Poodle.  He weighs 55-60 pounds and is friendly, social, and equipped with some obedience training.  Romeo is a family dog who loves children.  His owners moved out of state and could not take him.  If Romeo might be your perfect match, please request the adoption application via email from:  Romeo is in the care of Barks R Us Rescue in Yakima, WA. 

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Megan Mahan lives with visiting foster animals, quite a few fish, and her boyfriend in Eugene, Oregon.  She is excited to now be with Spot full time, and devotes much of her free time to fostering pets and creative writing.  From her high school gig as Dog Bather to her more recent years working at the Santa Cruz SPCA where she was contributing editor of the newsletter, Megan has always lived, loved and worked with animals.