Traditional Poodle History

Poodle Retrieves MallardTraditionally the Standard Poodle, the largest of the subtypes, was a retriever or gun dog, used in particular for duck hunting and sometimes upland bird hunting. The modern Standard Poodle retains many of the traits prized by their original owners: a keen working intelligence that makes the dog easy to command, webbed feet that make it an agile swimmer (all of the poodle’s ancestors and descendants had or share the love of water) athletic stamina, and a moisture-resistant, curly coat that acts like a wool jumper in damp conditions. Towards the second half of the nineteenth century their use in hunting declined in favor of their use in circuses and status symbols of the wealthy, so that by the 20th century they were only found as companions or circus dogs.

Poodle Retrieves Mallard 2The breed has been used for hunting in the USA and Canada since the early 1990. However, in the past 20 years, some standard poodle breeders in the United States and Canada have been selecting dogs with drive for birds in order to revive the breed for hunting, with some great success. The Canadian Kennel Club admitted the Standard Poodle for hunting trials in 1996 and the American Kennel Club in 1998, respectively. As of July 2014, the end results of 20 years of breeding to reawaken the hunting instinct have been dogs that are very eager to please their masters, extreme intelligence that requites special training (-their extreme intelligence is second only to the British Border Collie and thus requires the gunman to be quite specific as to what he wants, unlike most other spaniels and retrievers-) and a dog that has lightning quick reflexes, sprinting hard on command after the downed bird. Standard Poodles have been winning titles against the more widely used native breeds like the Chesapeake Bay Retriever and Labrador Retriever. Thus far 13 Standard Poodles have won Master Hunt titles (12 in the United States, 1 in Canada) and several more have won senior and junior titles on both sides of the border. Currently only the United Kennel Club in the US recognizes the Standard Poodle as a Sporting dog, thus in spite of this subtype of poodle being ineligible for field competitions more and more are appearing in the field as waterfowl dogs and hunters of pheasant, the latter especially in the Midwest.

Traditional Poodle Painting in 1600sThe Standard Poodles have become more and more popular and therefore Standard Poodle Breeders have emerged to provide the ever-growing demand for them as household pets as well as many other uses such as utility, tracking, hunting, therapy and service dogs. For many years in the United States, Standard Poodle Breeders bred all solid colored standard poodles although since their foundation colors genetically were multi-colored as well as solid colored, standard poodle breeders have always had the multi-colors crop out in their litters. The multi-colors today are called: Phantom Standard Poodles, Brindle Standard Poodles, Sable Standard Poodles and Parti Standard Poodles and in Parti colors there is the Tuxedo Parti markings which is a full blanket back from the withers to the tail with a large white chest. Phantom Standard Poodles are two-tone in color of any two colors with the lighter of the two colors evident as markings over the eyebrows, on the face, across the chest on all four legs and under the ears and tail. Brindle Standard Poodles come in two colors having both colors mixed together (brindled) throughout the entire coat. Sable Standard Poodles are all one color except for having their ears and tails accented with a different color. The popular Standard Poodle colors are: Black, Chocolate, Red, Apricot, Cream, Silver and White. Here at Smith Poodles, we are a Standard Poodle Breeder that produces all of these colors. We have been breeding for more than twenty years and come from a family with a long history of breeding dogs with great passion and determination to further develop the quality of the breed.

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