Breed Standards For Poodle Puppies

Poodle puppies are adorable and feisty, and are covered from head to toe in curly hair. However, there is more to selecting a puppy than choosing the cutest, cuddly, and fluffiest one. The following is what you need to keep in mind when you go on your poodle puppy hunt.

There are two important aspects you need to consider when selecting a pup:

  • Appearance
  • Temperament

Appearance – you need to carefully analyze the puppy’s overall appearance. A poodle pup should have a relatively long head and muzzle. The skull is slightly round and features a minor stop. They have a well-defined chin, a perfect scissor bite, and their head should be proportioned to the rest of their body.

Poodle puppies should have wide ears that fold down and hang close to the head. Their eyes are almond shaped and vary in color based on their coat coloring; however, they are usually a dark shade. The eyes convey an intelligent and bright expression.

Poodles have relatively wide and deep chest bodies. Their ribs are round and well sprung, and the loins are muscular and broad. Their short back is strong and the tail may be either docked or undocked. The docked tail is quite high and is carried at an angle, not over the back. The undocked tail is also high and should be carried as straight as possible and away from the body.

The legs of poodle puppies are muscular and strong. The front legs are straight and the back legs feature bent stifles. Neither the front nor the back legs should turn out or in. The legs taper into tight, small feet that are oval shaped and should be straight. The pads of the paws should be thick and hard and the toes well arched.

Make sure you watch the puppy walk before you make your selection. Although the pup will be slightly awkward due to his/her size, they should be free in their movements and have plenty of drive. In addition, poodle puppies should have a proud look and an air of elegance about them.

The coat of the poodle puppy should be made up of thick curly hair that is of a dense, harsh texture. Poodle puppies come in a variety of solid coat colors including:

  • White/Cream – Dark brown eyes and black features (I.E. nose, eye rims, lips, and toenails
  • Brown – Dark amber eyes and dark liver colored features
  • Apricot/Red – Dark brown eyes and black features or dark amber eyes and liver colored features.
  • Black/Silver/Blue – Dark brown eyes and black features

Temperament – Poodle puppies should have a happy and friendly temperament. They should not be shy or aggressive, and be very playful and affectionate.

It is vital for you to keep all of this information in mind when looking at poodle puppies to ensure that the dog you are selecting is a healthy and ideal representation of their breed.

Poodle Care – All About Grooming Your Poodle

Grooming is an important part of poodle care. It dramatically enhances the elegance, beauty and even the health of the dog. Although a poodle requires daily brushing and/or combing to keep their fur mat free, a poodle also requires a washing and trimming every 1 – 2 months, as their coat grows quickly and can easily overwhelm the poodle.

Grooming a poodle is an involved process and is a mandatory part of poodle care. Therefore, it needs to be introduced to the dog at an early age so he/she becomes used to the process. Most breeders will actually begin clipping the tail, feet and face of poodle puppies as early as 6 weeks of age.

You may choose to have a professional groomer clip your dog or you may wish to learn how to groom them yourself. If you are willing to learn how to groom your poodle yourself, you will need to purchase grooming supplies such as:

  • Brush
  • Comb
  • Clippers
  • Scissors
  • Dog shampoo
  • Blow dryer

Once you have your poodle care supplies you need to take your time introducing your dog to the items you will be using. For instance, introduce your puppy to the clippers by turning the machine on and holding it near the puppy for a few minutes so they become familiar with the noise and are less likely to be frightened. Once he/she is familiar with the noise, you can begin touching the clippers to the puppy so he/she can become used to the vibrations (don’t clip your dog at this point).

You should keep introducing your dog to the noise and feeling of the clippers a few times during a week before you actually begin grooming. Don’t rush your dog. Some poodles will become accustomed to the clippers faster than others.

When you begin your grooming poodle care, make sure your puppy knows this is not a game. Be firm but gentle with your dog. It is only natural for your puppy to want to resist grooming. He/she may try crying, snapping or wiggly away. Don’t permit this behavior and make sure your puppy knows that this is something he/she will have to tolerate. You must be firm with your dog and correct any negative behavior during first grooming experiences so you don’t fight with your dog every time you go through the grooming process.

Do not groom your dog on the floor or a flat surface that is slippery. The poodle must have secure footing. A sturdy grooming table is a good idea to invest in, as it won’t allow your dog to run away, and will make him feel safe. In addition, you should groom your poodle in good lighting and should make sure no other distractions are in the room.

Now that you know the basics of poodle care when it comes to grooming, let’s take a look at the different coat cuts you can give your poodle –

Pet or Puppy Clip – Hair is clipped short all over the body

Continental Clip – The rear half of the body is shaved and tufts of hair (known as bracelets) are left around the ankles and there is a pom-pom on the end of the tail.

Traditional or Lamb Clip – The coat is left the same length (slightly long) all over the body.

The puppy and lamb clip are usually the preferred choice among the average poodle owner, as these coats are the easiest to create and maintain. It’s important that you choose the cut that is most convenient for you and your dog when it comes to your time and poodle care.