Why Standard poodles?
Exactly where the Standard poodle originated is still a mystery. Some will tell you it was Germany where the Pudel, or water retiever came from. In France the poodle is considered the national dog, known as le Caniche. Even Russia wants to lay claim to be the true originator. Whatever it's orgin, all will agree the poodle is one of the oldest of all breeds of dog. The American Kennel Club recognizes three sizes in the breed. The Standard, the minature and the toy. The Standard Poodle is regarded as the second most intelligent breed of all dogs, after the border collie, and before the german shepherd. All sizes are known for their tight curly coats, which are hypoallergenic and come in a wide variety of colors. By 1960, America had caught up with the British and European interest in the breed. One reason for the poodle's elite standing in dogdom is the breeds affinity for obedience competition. Originally bred as a type of water dog, the poodle is skillful in many dog sports, including agility, obedience, tracking, and even herding. Poodles are elegant in the conformation ring, having taken top honors in many shows, including "Best in Show" at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in 1991 and 2002, at the World Dog Show in 2007 and 2010, and most recently the Eukanuba Classic in 2012. Poodles love attention, and performing in obedience to please their owners and others is a terrific way of getting attention.