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Standard Poodle Dog Breed


Life Span: 12-15 or more years
Litter Size: 3-8 puppies
Group: AKC non-sporting
Color: Many different solid colors are accepted in confirmation including: black, white, brown, sliver, blue, apricot, and red. Some breeders have also started breeding "Parti-Poodles" which are not one solid color but patches of different colors, but such coat colors are disqualified in confirmation.
Hair Length: Short
Size: Large
Shedding: Lite Shed
Male Height: over 15 inches tall at the highest point of the shoulders
Male Weight: between 45 and 55 pounds
Female Height: over 15 inches tall at the highest point of the shoulders
Female Weight: between 45 and 55 pounds
 General info courtesy of Additional information about this breed can be found on their website.

Thyroid Disease - Low Risk

The Poodle ranks #86 among all breeds for autoimmune thyroiditis prevalence. This is considered a low risk breed so your chances of obtaining a dog with the disease is small. It is still suggested that dogs meant for breeding still be tested to help bring the incidence of disease even lower (or even eliminate it). 

 Rank Among Breeds  Number of Dogs Tested  Percent of Dogs With Disease
 #86  6,024  4.2%

You can download the full report (on all breeds) by the Michigan State University Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health. Here

Other Health Problems

Poodles are prone to many of the same health problems as other large breeds such as bloat, hip dysplasia, and ear infections. Eye problems such as cataracts, runny eyes, and retinal atrophy are common as are Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Von Willebrands Disease, and skin conditions. There have also been some problems with Addisons disease and Epilepsy.

It is important to make sure that your breeder has the puppy's parents OFA certified and that they are aware of any genetic problems with the dogs they own and those they have breed.