The oldest of the three varieties of poodles, the large poodle is the variety from which the medium poodle and the miniature poodle were developed. Known in Russia and Germany since the early 16th century, the breed is related to the Portuguese Water Dog and the Irish Water Spaniel. Although it was first a waterfowl-hunting, versatile retriever, the poodle was used in France for cavage, which consists of looking for truffles, a rare and much appreciated fungus in gastronomy. With his zest for life and the ease with which he can be trained, he became a popular circus dog and it is said that towards the end of the 18th century, all circuses presented a number with poodles.
Extremely versatile, intelligent and eager to please, the poodle is an excellent companion.
The large poodle has a proud and dignified gait and reflects the joy of living. Many fanciers have gone back to his roots and use him as a retriever, participating in hunting events. This breed needs a lot of exercise and is better off living in a house than in a high rise.
The Large Poodle should be over 15 in. (38 cm) at the withers; however, most of these Poodles average 22 to 26 in (56 to 66 cm).
Hair that does not shed is dense, hard, curly or frizzy.
Coat of uniform color, all colors being admitted.
One of the breeds that requires a lot of grooming, it takes someone skilled in the art of clippers and scissors to sport one of the accepted clippings. It is also necessary to brush and comb the poodle regularly (3 times a week).
To consult the detailed official standard