Standard Poodle breed, characteristics of a poodle

Exist poodles of 4 sizes: large, medium, dwarf and toy poodle. The colors of the poodle 5: black, white, brown, gray and apricot.

The standard is the same for all colors and sizes.. A poodle should look like a slender, harmonious dog with a characteristic curly or wavy coat. The expression of the eyes is intelligent, attentive, speaking of courage and subtlety of character. Running a poodle is light and springy.

Its pitch should not be long and sliding. The head of the poodle is of a clear, rectilinear outline proportional to the body. It should not be heavy and massive, nor overly narrow. Nose well delineated, well developed, high with open nostrils. It should be black in black, white and gray dogs and brown in brown. In apricot poodles, the nose can have any shade between black and brown. The muzzle in the profile has a rectilinear outline.

Its length is 9/10 of the total length of the skull. It should look strong, graceful, not too sharp. The lips are not too distant from the jaw, dry, medium width.

The upper lip should hang over the bottom. The jaws are usually closed end to end. Teeth strong. Protruding cheeks, flat eyes, non-convex. Chewing muscles are poorly developed. Cheekbones are not issued much.

The bend of the forehead is mild. Skull clear outlines. When viewed from above, it has the shape of an oval, elongated in length. Profile is slightly convex. The line of the surface of the head slightly deviates from the line of the surface of the muzzle. Brow arc medium outstanding, covered with long hair.

The forehead is wide between the eyes and tapering towards the back of the head. The back of the head is clearly delineated. In the large and medium poodle, it may be less pronounced than in the dwarf and the poodle.

The eyes are lively, brilliant, set at a height of the frontal bend slightly at an angle. The eye color is black or dark brown in white, gray, black and apricot poodles. Brown dogs have dark amber eyes. The ears are rather long, hanging along the cheeks. They should be flat, widened towards the middle and rounded at the tips. Not cropped ears covered with a rather long wavy coat. If the ear is pulled forward, it should reach the corner of the lips closing. Those dogs whose ears do not reach this point cannot get an excellent rating.

The neck is strong, slightly curved from the nape, of medium length, without folds. Planting head high and proud. Shoulders sloping, muscular. The length of the humerus of the poodle corresponds to the length of the scapula. The angle between the shoulder blade and the humerus is from 90 to 110 degrees. The front legs are straight and parallel, slender and muscular, with a strong skeleton.

Pasterns strong, but not massive. At the sight of the profile is almost straight.

The foot is rather small, oval, but not elongated. The fingers are well curved, innervated, compact with membranes, located perpendicular to a strong and dense foot. The body is proportional. Its length is usually greater than the height at the withers.

Chest normal for slender dogs. The end of the brisket of the poodle should protrude slightly and be high enough for a better fit of the head.

The chest should reach the elbow joint. Its length is 2/3 of its height from the spine to the sternum. Its circumference, measured behind the shoulders, should exceed the height at the withers by at least 10 centimeters. Oval bend ribs wider closer to back.

The back of the poodle is short, harmonious outlines. It should not be either convex or concave. The sacrum is strong and muscular.

The stomach and sides are embossed, but not drawn in, like a greyhound. The sacrum is round, but not sloping. The tail is attached high at the level of the sacrum. When running, he raised with a slope. Usually the tail is shortened to one third of its length. Hind limbs with strong muscular thighs. When viewed from behind, they are parallel. Their musculature is developed and well visible. The ankle joint is quite flexible. The corners of the hip joint, knee joint and ankle should be pronounced so that the limb is not too straight. This would lead to an undesirable tilt of the sacrum.

Coat color can be white, black, gray, brown or apricot.

Brown color should be smooth, rather dark, warm shade.

Gray color should be uniform and not be close to either white or black.

Apricot color should also be uniform and should not come close to a beige shade, neither cream nor red, nor red-brown, nor other shades of brown.

Wool should be curly and wavy., although wavy is now rare. Curly wool has a thin, soft, elastic hair and springs when pressed by hand.

Curls of equal size are usually neat.

Growth in the withers of a large poodle from 45 to 58 centimeters.

Growth in withers of average poodle from 35 to 45 centimeters.

The height at the withers of a miniature poodle is from 28 to 35 centimeters. He should have the appearance of an average poodle and proportion without signs of dwarfism. That poodle is considered a poodle, whose height is less than 28 centimeters. He should have the appearance of a dwarf poodle and its proportions without signs of dwarfism.

The only exception is the back of the head. In that poodle, it may be less convex.

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