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Poodle

Official Breed Standard of Poodles (Standard, Miniature and Toy)

GENERAL APPEARANCE
Well balanced, elegant looking with very proud carriage.

CHARACTERISTICS
Distinguished by a special type of clip for show activity and by a type of coat which does not moult.

TEMPERAMENT
Gay spirited and good tempered.

HEAD & SKULL
Long and fine with slight peak. Skull not broad, moderate stop. Foreface strong, well chiselled, not falling away under eyes; cheek bone and muscle flat. Lips tight fitting. Chin well defined but not protruding. Head in proportion to size of dog.

EYES
Almond shaped, dark, not set too close together, full of fire and intelligence.

EARS
Leathers long and wide, set low, hanging close to face.

MOUTH
Jaws strong with perfect, regular complete scissor bite, i.e.  upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. A full set of 42 teeth is desirable.

NECK
Well proportioned, of good length and strong to admit of the head being carried high and with dignity. Skin fitting tightly at the throat.

FOREQUARTERS
Well laid back shoulders, strong and muscular. Legs set straight from shoulders, well muscled.

BODY
Chest deep and moderately wide. Ribs well sprung and rounded. Back short, strong, slightly hollowed; loins broad and muscular.

HINDQUARTERS
Thighs well developed and muscular; well bent stifles, hocks well let down; hindlegs turning neither in nor out.

FEET
Tight, proportionately small, oval in shape, turning neither in nor out, toes arched, pads thick and hard, well cushioned. Pasterns strong.

TAIL
Set on rather high, carried at slight angle away from body, never curled or carried over back, thick at root.  Customarily docked.

GAIT/MOVEMENT
Sound, free and light movement essential with plenty of drive.

COAT
Very profuse and dense; of good harsh texture. All short hair close, thick and curly. All traditional trims permissible in the show ring and the dogs judged on equal merit, as long as there is sufficient length to demonstrate colour and quality of coat. 

COLOUR
All solid colours. White and creams to have black nose, lips and eye rims, black toenails desirable. Browns to have dark amber eyes, dark liver nose, lips, eye rims and toenails. Apricots to have dark eyes with black points or deep amber eyes with liver points. Black silvers and blues to have black nose, lips, eye rims and toenails. Creams, apricots, browns, silvers and blues may show varying shades of the same colour up to 18 months. Clear colours preferred.

SIZE
Poodles (Standard) over 38 cm (15 in).
Poodles (Miniature) height at shoulder should be under 38 cm (15 in), but not under 28 cm (11 in).
Poodles (Toy) height at shoulder should be under 28 cm (11 in).

FAULTS
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect on health & welfare of the dog.

NOTE
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

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