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Emily Carr’s work, “April: Missus Goes Sketching” depicts the artist with her materials being followed by a Standard Poodle.
You have seen that look.
The way a young painter looks at a Rembrandt or Titian.
The way Liz Taylor looks at Richard Burton.
The way Zsa Zsa looks at mink.
That’s how a poodle looks at its master. – Jacqueline Susann
The Standard Poodle is the largest of the three poodles.
He probably dates back to the late Roman period and was well established throughout Europe by the 16th century. Germany, Russia, and France have all claimed to be the Poodle’s country of origin.
The Poodle’s name comes from the German word “puddeln” meaning “to splash in water”.
The Poodle is a water dog and was originally bred as a retriever of waterfowl for hunters. Although he is an excellent swimmer and gundog, the Poodle is a very versatile dog being the world’s oldest water retriever, circus performer, and truffle hunter. He has also been the pampered pet of royal households in France.
Photos displayed courtesy of Jo-Ellen Curtis, Isle of Standard Poodles, Ontario
The Standard Poodle stands more than 15 inches (38.1 cm) high at the shoulder.
His coat is dense and harsh and frizzy or curly. Alternatively, his coat may be corded, having tight, even cords of varying length all over his body. His coat comes in a variety of solid colours including: white, silver, blue, grey, brown, apricot, cafe-au-lait, cream, and black.
A Poodle’s coat needs regular brushing and clipping every 4 to 6 weeks to keep it in shape and tangle-free. One of the unique thing about poodles is the range of coat styles or clips possible. While the styling may appear silly, it actually served a purpose historically. Since a Poodle’s thick outer coat can get heavy when wet, the bottom half of the body was shaved back to help keep the dog afloat. To keep his organs warm in cold waters, hair was kept long over the chest and head. Bracelets of ankle hair and tufts over the hips were left to protect joints from rheumatism, and a topknot was used to keep long hair out of the eyes when swimming.
Due to the high maintenance required to achieve most of the poodle clips, the majority of pet owners prefer to simply keep the fur shaved evenly all over the dog’s body without any bare patches.
A godsend for people with allergies, this breed does not shed.
Active, intelligent, and loyal, the Standard Poodle has an affectionate and eager to please personality. He is a happy, good-natured dog whose clean living habits make him a pleasure to own.
Standard Poodles are good with children and other household pets, and are keen watch dogs. Their preference is for a calm, relatively quiet household as they are sensitive to and uncomfortable with stress, tension, and loud voices. Nevertheless, they can be very exuberant and rambunctious when young.
They learn quickly and are easy to train and housebreak.
Ever the elegant athlete, the Standard Poodle is an energetic dog who enjoys all forms of exercise. Running, swimming, retrieving, walking, or jogging alongside his owner are all activities enthusiastically enjoyed by a Standard Poodle. This dog will happily compete in obedience trials, work in the field retrieving, hunt, work as a therapy dog, and even perform tricks in an effort to please his people. As intelligent as he is, he needs some mental stimulation to occupy his mind such as advanced obedience trials.