Poodle-experts inform us that Standard
Poodles are exceptionally intelligent, easy to train, fine water dogs, and
very sociable. Standard Poodles make fine service dogs and even
hunters -- their original purpose. Wikipedia
says the following:
"Poodles are retrievers or gun
dogs, and can still be seen in that role. The Poodle is believed to
have originated in Germany, where it is known as the Pudel. The English
word "poodle" comes from the German pudel or puddeln,
meaning to splash in the water. The breed was standardized in France,
where it was commonly used as a water retriever.
The American Kennel Club states that the large,
or Standard, Poodle is the oldest of the three varieties
and that the dog gained special fame as a water worker. So widely was it
used as retriever that it was bred with a moisture-resistant coat to
further facilitate progress in swimming. Thence came the custom of
clipping to pattern which so enhanced the style and general appearance
that its sponsors, particularly in France were captivated by it."
Otherwise notable is this breed's keen sense
for instinctual behavior. In particular, marking
and hunting drives are more readily observable than in most other
breeds. Even Toys will point birds. Classified as highly energetic,
poodles can also get bored fairly easily and have been known to get
creative about finding mischief. Poodles like to be in the center of
things and are easily trained to do astonishing tricks involving both
brains and agility.
Poodles are extremely people-oriented dogs and
generally eager to please. Standard Poodles in particular tend to be
good with children. Poodles are adaptable and easy to train. Like most
dogs, they appreciate daily exercise, such as a walk or a play session.
Most are fairly agile and athletic."
Poodles are good water dogs, very smart, and eager to please.
Standards make excellent service
dogs. NEADS (Dogs For Deaf
and Disabled Americans), of Princeton, MA has placed more than 700
dogs with clients over the past decade. Below is the 2009
graduating class of service dogs:
Dog Graduation -- Who Made the Grade? Labrador and Golden retrievers
and standard poodles!
This description characterizes an ideal companion
that wants your attention, is loving, and easy to train. Some people
think that a cross-bred Labradoodle is an ideal dog. We tried one
litter. In our opinion, F-1 Labradoodles are not nearly as
attractive as either the Labrador retriever or the standard Poodle
parents. Multi-generational Labradoodles are mostly poodle, so why
not have a standard Poodle? We will keep our wonderful Lab and
Poodle breeds as they are.