Poodle Standard of the breed, characteristics of the poodle, ears, wool of the poodle
Exist Poodles of 4 sizes: large, medium, dwarfish and toy poodle. Poodle colors 5: black, white, brown, gray and apricot.
The standard is uniform for all colors and sizes. Poodle should look slim, harmoniousA dog with a characteristic curly or wavy hair. The expression of the eyes is intelligent, attentive, speaking of the courage and subtlety of character. Running poodle is light and springy.
Its step should not be long and slippery. The head of the poodle has clear, rectilinear contours proportional to the trunk. It should not be heavy and massive, nor too narrow. The nose is clearly defined, well developed, tall 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. Muzzle in profile has a straight outline.
Its length is 9/10 of the total length of the skull. It should look strong, elegant, not too pointed. Lips not too far from jaw, dry, of medium width.
The upper lip should hang over the lower lip. Jaws usually close end to end. Teeth are strong. Cheeks protruding, arched flat, non-convex. Chewing muscles are weakly developed. Cheeks are not very prominent.
The bending of the forehead is slight. Skull of clear outlines. When viewed from above, it has the shape of an oval, elongated along its length. Profile slightly convex. The head surface line slightly deviates from the muzzle surface line. Superciliary arches medium prominent, covered with long hair.
The forehead is wide between the eyes and tapers towards the back of the head. The nape is clearly delineated. In a large and medium poodle, it can be less pronounced than in dwarf poodles and that poodle.
Eyes lively, shiny, planted at a heightFrontal flexure slightly at an angle. Eye color is black or dark brown in white, gray, black and apricot poodles. In brown dogs, the color of the eyes can be dark amber. The ears are quite long, hanging along the cheeks. They should be flat, expanding towards the middle and rounded at the tips. Not shorn ears are covered with a rather long wavy hair. If the ear is pulled forward, it must extend to the angle of closure of the lips. Those dogs whose ears do not reach this point can not get an excellent score.
The neck is strong, slightly curved from the occiput, mediumLength, without folds. The planting of the head is high and proud. Shoulders oblique, 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. Forelegs straight and parallel, slender and muscular, with a strong skeleton.
Pastern strong, but not massive. At a sight in a profile almost direct.
The foot is rather small, oval, but notElongated. The fingers are well curved, innervated, compact with membranes, located perpendicular to the strong and dense foot. The body is proportional. Its length is usually greater than the height at the withers.
The breast is normal for a slender dog. The end of the poodle's chest bone should protrude slightly and be high enough for a better fit of the head.
The thorax should extend to the ulnarThe joint. Its length is 2/3 of its height from the spine to the sternum. Its circumference, measured behind the shoulders should exceed the growth at the withers by at least 10 centimeters. The ribs of the oval flexure are wider towards the back.
The back of the poodle is short, harmonious outlines. It should not be convex or concave. The sacrum is strong and muscular.
The abdomen and sides are embossed, but not drawn, likeGreyhound. Sacrum round, but not sloping. The tail is attached high at the sacrum. When running, it is raised with a slope. Usually the tail is shortened by a third of its length. Hindquarters with strong, muscular thighs. At the back view, they are parallel. Their musculature is well developed and well marked. The ankle joint is quite flexible. The corners of the hip joint, knee joint and ankles should be pronounced so that the limb is not too straight. This would lead to undesirable incidence of the sacrum.
The coat color can be white, black, gray, brown or apricot.
Brown color should be even, rather dark, warm shade.
Gray color should be uniform and not approach either white or black.
Apricot color should also be uniform and not approach either the beige shade, nor the cream, nor the red, nor the reddish brown, nor the other shades of brown.
Wool must be curly and wavy, Although wavy is now rare. Curly wool has a thin, soft, elastic hair and springs when pressed with a hand.
Curls of equal size are usually neat.
Growth at the withers of a large poodle from 45 to 58 centimeters.
Growth at the withers of an average poodle from 35 to 45 centimeters.
Growth at the withers of a dwarf poodle from 28 to 35Centimeters. It should have the appearance of an average poodle and proportions with no signs of dwarfism. That poodle is considered a poodle, whose growth is less than 28 centimeters. It should have the appearance of a dwarf poodle and its proportions without signs of dwarfism.
The only exception is the back of the head. At that poodle it can be less convex.
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