Since the early 1990s the Standard Poodle was used for fowl hunting including duck and upland bird hunting. The Standard Poodle traits include a keen working intelligence that makes the dog easy to command, webbed feet that make it an agile swimmer as all of the poodle’s ancestors and descendants had or share the love of water, athletic stamina, and a moisture-resistant, curly coat that acts like a wool jumper in damp conditions. Towards the second half of the nineteenth century their use in hunting declined in favor of their use in circuses and status symbols of the wealthy, so that by the 20th century they were only found as companions or circus dogs. Standard Poodles are currently being trained as Service Dogs for people with a variety of disabilities including post traumatic stress disorder, diabetic and epileptic alert, autism dogs.
Standard Poodles are highly recommended for families with children. They have a kind demeanor and a love of playing. As with all dogs and babies, introductions should be gradual, though most Standard Poodles will tolerate a baby and learn to be gentle and will respect toddlers so long as the child is supervised. A Standard Poodle will be fine in a family with many children provided the environment is stable, orderly, and relaxed, with enough room for the dog to go out and retire to if needed.
|Standard Poodle Sizes defined by Major Kennel Clubs|
|Size||The Kennel Club (UK)||Australian National Kennel Council||New Zealand Kennel Club||Canadian Kennel Club||American Kennel Club||United Kennel Club||Fédération Cynologique Internationale|
|Standard Poodle||over 38 cm (15 in)||38 cm (15 in) and over||38 cm (15 in) and over||over 38 cm (15 in)||over 38 cm (15 in)||over 38 cm (15 in)||45–60 cm (18–24 in)|