Why Standard Poodles Are the Best!

Let me introduce you to our standard poodles. We currently have two males. Max is 87 pounds of affection and stubbornness. His younger brother is 44 pounds of playfulness and sweetness. We lost our 53 pound female in 2020. While each one has varied in build and demonstrated a unique personality, the breed shares many common traits.

Let me introduce you to the world of standard poodles. While each one has their own unique personality, the breed shares many common traits. #StandardPoodles Click To Tweet


Standard poodles enjoy their human and canine family members. They invented the group hug.


Did someone say party? Our poodles turn ordinary tasks into games. And they love to celebrate. Break out in song and they’ll prance and twirl around you. Here are two YouTube videos of Strider our daughter recorded. The second video is of him as a puppy playing outside.


Our standards notice details. They alert us to the approach of cars and people. They know which cars and people belong and which ones don’t. A car parked in the wrong spot sets off the barking alarm. Their watchful eye protects the pack.


Standard poodles need mental stimulation. Bored poodles, especially young ones, become mischievous. They enjoy learning new skills and playing mentally stimulating games. They will pick up how to spell t-r-e-a-t. It won’t take long before they train their owners to heed their preferences.

Large and in Charge

Anything you can do, they’re sure they can do too.

Agile and Athletic

I’ll never get over watching my dogs race or leap with fluid grace. One can jump over the other from a standing position. Once Max leaped straight up onto a platform several feet off the ground.


Standard poodles sense the emotions of others. They prefer peaceful settings, not loud noises or strife. When we were in the middle of a house renovation, our female disappeared upstairs the moment the workers arrived and didn’t come back down until the last one left.

Between Pooches and People

Standard poodles fall somewhere between pooches and people. They don’t see themselves as dogs. And after you’ve had one, you won’t either.

Most of us think our fur babies are the best. Though I’ve had some that were the opposite. What’s your favorite animal companion?

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Debbie Wilson

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  1. Susan Marlene

    Those are beautiful dogs! We had a Leonbergrer and we now have a Boxer and before that a couple of mutts and a Golden Retriever. Just love dogs. They are so amazingly loyal and loving!

    • Debbie Wilson

      Susan, I like the bigger sized dogs too. We had a yellow lab before we got Max. We loved her very much. But she shed all over us and the house.

  2. Melissa Henderson

    Beautiful dogs! We have a neighbor who has a standard poodle. That dog is so sweet!

    • Debbie Wilson

      They are sweet, Melissa. They also bark at strangers. 🙂 Good to hear from you.

  3. Marilyn Butler

    How I loved reading about, and seeing videos of your furry family! Oh how we love our dogs, all of them over the years! Each was special in their own ways and all gave love, joy and laughter! We’ve had all sorts, other terriers, a ‘bird dog’ (Visual), my biggest baby, Max a wonderful Rottweiler, loved by all who met her! Now, we have a rescued Cairne Terrier, Gracie – she is all love and playfulness, she speaks clearly with her eyes and body language -we have many conversations! She’s keeping us young although she surely can test us!
    Thank you for sharing your furry family – I’m all smiles now!

    • Debbie Wilson

      Marilyn, we have special memories of all our pets too. Thanks for introducing yours.

  4. J.D. Wininger

    Have always enjoyed your posts about your fur babies. Even those where prayer was needed (Strider’s shoulder comes to mind immediately). While I’ve never owned a standard, all those I’ve been around have very similar behaviors. Thanks for sharing.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Thank you, J.D. I enjoy learning about your giant fur companions!

  5. Ashley Rowland | HISsparrowBlog

    Love this. I love bigger dogs—Great Danes, Great Pyranees, Pit Bulls, Rottweillers, mutts. I’ve known so many good dogs. A few weeks ago, a male chocolate lab showed up in my yard. I’ve never owned a lab before—just been around a couple. Those were hyper. But this guy (we’re calling him Chocco) is one of the sweetest, calmest dogs I’ve been around. I guess you could say we’re fostering to adopt at the moment, but it’s looking like it will be adoption. Chocco is my favorite at the moment. 🙂

    • Debbie Wilson

      Ashley, we had a yellow lab we deeply loved. She was the sweetest girl. She also loved to eat! Sounds like Chocco has found a good home!

  6. Connie Jo Earls


    When we visited my mother in Cincinnati, her dog Bella “sang” when a particular Zach Williams song (He’s a Chain Breaker) would come on. Check out the YouTube video of her singing with Zach

    • Debbie Wilson

      That is so funny!! I wonder what it sounded like to Bella.

  7. Connie Jo Earls


    Check out the video above of my mother’s dog Bella who would sing when ever Zach William’s Chain Breaker song would come on.

  8. Ann Musico

    That is awesome and I never knew much about Standard Poodles as we’ve always had mutts. Dogs in general are amazing and wonderful and so very smart. Really enjoyed your post.

    • Debbie Wilson

      I’m glad you enjoyed it. I thought it would be fun to do something different.

  9. Anita Ojeda

    What sweet dogs! We had German Shepherds for about 14 years, and they were a pure delight. If I ever got another dog, it would be a GSD :). Right now, we’re enjoying our empty nest and the ability to travel whenever we want to. My ‘pets’ are the hummingbirds that swarm my feeders in the spring and summer ;).

    • Debbie Wilson

      My in-laws had German Shepherds. They were both great dogs.

  10. Jeanne Takeknaka

    Deb, I LOVED reading about standard poodles. Mostly because I know nothing about them. They sound like delightful dogs. We don’t have any pets right now, but I’ve thought about possibly getting a dog once our youngest heads to college next year.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Jeanne, one reason we looked into them is because they don’t shed. That means they have to be cut. But after our yellow lab, as much as I loved her I didn’t think I could handle all the fur again! They are wonderful companions. My son thought they’d be prissy. Ours are not prissy. They’re very athletic.

  11. Annie Yorty

    Debbie, what a fun post! I have a furry beast labradoodle who is all poodle. He’s the black version of your pups, and he’s exactly as you describe. His name is Misha and he’s all legs, like a jackrabbit. And those poodle eyes–don’t get me started!

    • Debbie Wilson

      You have me smiling, Annie. I totally get it!

  12. Beth

    Debbie, Your standard poodles are beautiful. Our neighbor has a sweet black standard named Ruby. She often apologizes for Ruby’s barking. My response is always, “Don’t apologize. I know all is right in the world when I hear her barking because I know she’s warning off anything preying around.” I do have to laugh as she races along her property boundaries with ears bouncing up and down like pom poms when I walk our Labradors.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Yes, we learned that “watchdog” is code for barking! 🙂 They do alert you if something is happening. What a good neighbor you are.

  13. Yvonne Morgan

    Cute dog and post. I prefer bigger dogs too. Thanks for sharing

    • Debbie Wilson

      Thanks for reading, Yvonne.

  14. Karen Friday

    Debbie, what a fun article. I learned a lot about Standard Poodles. We’ve only had smaller breed dogs, dachshund and pug.

    • Debbie Wilson

      There are a lot of advantages to the smaller breed. I’m glad they come in many sizes!

  15. Amy Jung

    Debbie-we have a standard poodle and I find your description of yours to match ours perfectly! They are unique dogs. I think our Shadow believes she is one of us!

    • Debbie Wilson

      Amy, I’m sure she does! And sometimes I think they are. 🙂

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