Business consultant Richard Cantner has more than 25 years of experience in business operation and industrial engineering and possesses Business Continuity Professional and Small Business Development certifications. Outside his professional pursuits, Richard Cantner is the proud owner of twin standard poodles. Standard poodles are a popular breed with its origins in France.
Versatile and intelligent, the standard poodle has filled numerous roles over the years, ranging from circus performer and show ring frequenter to guide dog and beloved pet. The breed falls into the working retriever classification and its build serves as a reflection of its athletic roots. Hunters traditionally used standard poodles for duck hunting, and the traditional poodle haircut held a practical purpose of keeping vital parts of the dog’s body warm in cold waters while still allowing easy, unhindered movement.
Standard poodles make excellent family pets and get along well with other dogs and children. Their playful enthusiasm and adventurous spirit make them a good choice for families with active lives, although the breed does display streaks of independence and its hunting instincts may cause it to sometimes chase smaller pets. Their friendly disposition causes them to regularly seek attention from their keepers, but drastically lowers their potential as a guard dogs. Despite their moderate energy level, standard poodles do calm with age and can adjust to apartment dwelling.
Healthy individuals live approximately 10 to 13 years on average, although some may eventually suffer from conditions such as epilepsy, cataract, and canine hip dysplasia. Other serious conditions include Addison’s disease, gastric torsion, and sebaceous adenitis. Essential standard poodle care also involves frequent grooming and regular brushing to avoid hair matting and tangling, particular since matted hair can cause skin irritations.