Black Standard Poodle at AKC National Agility Trials

The Standard Poodle, or Spoo

The Standard Poodle, or Spoo

Yes, another recycled post. But today’s post features Standard Poodles, or Spoos, which I met at my very first BlogPaws blogging conference. I’ll be attending BlogPaws next week (*SQUEEEEE*), and I need to run about a million errands today, as well as dump everything from my suitcase and bags, check the contents, repack – well, I’ll be busy. Let me know what I missed in my Standard Poodle knowledge!

Given the weekend I had at BlogPaws, the photos I didn’t take vs. the photos I did, I’m covering the Standard Poodle as our breed of the week. I’m not 100% sure that all three of these dogs are Standard Poodles, or Spoos, but they’re gorgeous and fun, so I’m featuring them. In fact, I’m pretty sure one is a Labradoodle, but I don’t want to cover designer dogs, so we’re going to run with the Standard Poodle half and call it good.

Standard Poodle
This gorgeous white tie dyed Standard Poodle was a quiet beauty this weekend.

Chilly, seen above, has a glamorous life as a Helping Hands dog, bringing hope to people and dogs. This Spoo certainly rocks the purple and pink, making people smile. Chilly and dad were two of the most laid back characters at BlogPaws. I think I was pleasantly surprised at how laid back all three Standard Poodles were, actually. My Poodle experience has been with the toys, the yappy, jumpy, snappy, bitey kinds. Spoos are nothing like their tiny cousins, except for the appearance.

Lion cut
Charles the Labradoodle is cut and dyed to look like a lion. Heh.

This beauty is Charles. I heard rumors of people calling the police, thinking a baby lion was loose. Hilarious. There’s a lot of potential for fun with Standard Poodles and their kinky coats. But let’s talk more about the breed.

About the Standard Poodle

According to the AKC Breed page for the Poodle,

The Poodle, though often equated to the beauty with no brains, is exceptionally smart, active and excels in obedience training. The breed comes in three size varieties, which may contribute to why Poodle is one of the most popular breeds according to AKC® Registration statistics.

I have never, ever heard that Poodles, standard or otherwise, are brainless. I’ve always heard them portrayed as extremely bright dogs, easy to train. It’s the little ones that have the Napoleon syndrome. But air brained is never true of the Poodle.

They also say this about the Poodle:

The breed originated in Germany as a water retriever. The stylish “Poodle clip” was designed by hunters to help the dogs move through the water more efficiently. The patches of hair left on the body are meant to protect vital organs and joints which are susceptible to cold. The Standard variety is the oldest of the three varieties. The Miniature variety may have been used for truffle hunting. The Toy Poodle was often used in performances and circuses.

Fascinating. All this prettifying of the Poodle is done for joint protection and water mobility. I had no idea.

Dog Breed Info is telling me that I’m not crazy in thinking that the Standard Poodle is less crazy, insane active than the Toy Poodle. Specifically, the Standard is calmer, lower energy. Miss Carma Poodale proved that this weekend.

Sweet Standard Poodle, Carma Poodale
Carma Poodale is a real fashion plate. A pooped fashion plate. This was the last night and she was worn out.

Not only is the Standard Poodle calm, it loves to be near its people, being good with children and a home body. Let’s weigh the pros and cons of Spoo ownership.

Pros of Owning a Standard Poodle

Pros:

  • Great with kids and people in general
  • Calm, laid back
  • Intelligent, easily trained
  • Non-shedding, easy maintenance coat
  • Good with other dogs
  • Cheerful disposition
  • Long-lived for a larger breed – 12-15 years

How on earth could you not want a Standard Poodle? Spending time with Miss Carma Poodale this weekend, I think I might want a Spoo. What a sweetheart.

Standard Poodle
Carma Poodale just wanted to strip down and climb into a relaxing bubble bath. The responsibilities of a public figure are many and heavy.

Cons of Owning a Standard Poodle

Cons:

  • Health problems – several eye issues, allergies and skin conditions, hip dysplasia, ear infection, disease, bloat – poor babies
  • Don’t be fooled by the calm disposition – the Standard Poodle still needs a good long walk, plenty of exercise

And that’s it. Seriously. No other real cons for the Standard Poodle. Owners, please weigh in with what I’ve missed?

I spent a few minutes wracking my brain to remember what kind of Jones Natural Chews treats we handed out to Poodles this weekend. We handed out so many treats to so many dogs. I want to say the Poodles got Pig Ears and Curly Q Bully Sticks. Not sure. Good stuff, whatever it was.   🙂

Giveaway

Regardless of what we handed out to Spoo owners that first BlogPaws (my first, anyway), I know for sure that they’d love the Bark Burgers from Jones Natural Chews. They’re the size of a regular hamburger patty, and they come in both chicken and beef. Not chicken or beef flavored. The very first ingredient in each is either chicken or beef. Real meat burgers. And they’re easy to snap into smaller pieces. To get your paws on some, enter to win some of each by clicking this sentence, leaving a comment on the new post, then clicking the box and clicking I Commented. You’ll want to tweet about it, too, if you’re serious about this treat. Your dog is serious about it. So you should do that. 😉

Spreading the good chews …

Flea

15 thoughts on “The Standard Poodle, or Spoo

  1. I’ve met many lovely standard poodles over the years. They are incredibly friendly, smart, and lovable dogs.

    As for the miniature versions, I wonder if their personalities are so different? Or if they’re treated so differently by their people that makes them more high strung?

    BTW, Charles the lion poo wasn’t always well-behaved. I spotted him running off leash around the hotel and eluding capture for quite a while. It was funny. I’m just glad no one got hurt.
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  2. I’ve never heard them called Spoo’s before! That’s the perfect name for them! Seeing your little bun reminds me of your question about rabbit neuters and yes – they are very easy. If you can find a good rabbit vet, it shouldn’t be too much of a problem. The one I worked with was VERY particular and I just can’t imagine that there would be another vet out there that did so much for their patients lol…
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  3. How fun to meet Carma Poodale! Wish I could have joined you for BlogPaws. I’m sure your babies were happy to have you home.

    Regarding my post today, the Alaskan Yorkie is a different breed of Yorkshire Terrier, or at least they would like to thing so. Haha! Thank you for visiting.
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  4. Hi Flea

    Sorry it has taken soooo long to get over to your blog! I am sure that Flo and Elsie would be chewing their own feet off at the thought of all the yummy stuff over here! I’m sure they’d love the hooves but importing that sort of thing over to Australia is impossible!

    I saw a picture of a poodle down in Sydney this week which had a possum carved/cut/sculpted???? on one side of its fur and a koala on the other, along with a very bright starfish – it was owned by a lady who taught grooming! She had done a very good job!
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