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Hey everyone. I am so grateful to be a member of this forum.

I will be getting a poodle in roughly a year. I want to spend the time between now and the researching so I do things the right way. I will be mainly lurking and learning, but I wanted to let you all know how grateful I am for this site and I hope it's really useful on my quest for Poodle info! :)

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Hello and welcome!!! I am sure you will find the forum a terrific tool in helping you while you research and decide who to go with and which puppy to adopt. Good luck in your endevour.
 

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Welcome PP....I wish I had found this forum BEFORE getting a poodle. There is good info here that will certainly help you in your decision making. And I don't think at all that it is shallow to factor color in on what you are looking for. I love them all too, but really love the reds. I have seen some gorgeous dogs of all colors on this forum! Good luck!
 

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Welcome to the forum. I am sure you will find all sorts of information here to help you in your search.

Wanting a certain color is not a bad thing. There are many beautiful colors to choose from. But, remember that temperament and health must come first when making your choice. Best of luck in finding that special one for you.
 

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Thanks for the warm welcome! :)

Alicia, I'm leaning to the beautiful deep reds..Haven't decided which size is for me, but then again, that's why I'm here! :)

Temperament and health and personality are my main priorities. I'm willing to wait as long as it takes for 'the one.' ;)
 

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oh hey! there's a few of us from across the ditch in NZ too, and I know that Jak has been spying all the awesome aussie (standard) breeders recently, so perhaps he'll come along and share some to start narrowing the search... Good luck!
 

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welcome to the forum. I'm also new and will hopefully find the right poodle in the next year or so. There's so much great information here.
 

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oh hey! there's a few of us from across the ditch in NZ too, and I know that Jak has been spying all the awesome aussie (standard) breeders recently, so perhaps he'll come along and share some to start narrowing the search... Good luck!
Glad to meet some fellow down under-ers! :)

How large does a standard get?
 

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Glad to meet some fellow down under-ers! :)

How large does a standard get?
Well, they technically are anything over 15" at the withers, but are always between 22" to 28" (usually). They're most frequently 22"-25" for a bitch, and 24"-26" for a dog.

I haven't seen any very good breeders in Australia for a red standard.
I know there is Shertonah, I don't know enough to say if they're a good breeder, and some of their reds don't look true reds, but then they don't put all of their dogs on their website

There is another that have imported from the majestic lines, Stuartlea, but they have sold to Labradoodle lines (at the bottom of the page), and I have emailed them to ask them about it, and haven't had a reply, and they don't really appear much on the show scene (to my knowledge)

You'd have to email them and ask them on their breeding programs, but I would not recommend Stuartlea, Just my opinion though. Shertonah seems good, and they seem popular with other kennels as well.

Now, for a non red colour, there are some really good breeders in Australia.

One of my current favourites, Kirada Poodles

Jacqui breeds mainly Silvers and Blues, but also has white in her program as well. To the best of my knowledge she is very serious about health screening, and recently spayed a bitch that could have introduced addisons disease into her line. I like the lines she is using, and I like the look of her dogs as well.

Another breeder I have seen awhile ago, but have recently come across is Giday poodles

Their website doesn't say much, but if you take a look here

You can see the profiles of some of there dogs, and they are very impressive, considering they have many many titles, both in Agility, Obedience, Field Trials, and Breed Showing. Plus, as a bonus, their dogs are very nice, and come from nice lines.

You can also take a look here
This place has a list of most Australian breeders of standard poodles, and some of them even have individual profiles for their dogs.

Good Luck with your search!
 

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Wow thank you so much for that very informative reply! Would you mind if I copied and saved it somewhere so I can reference it when I've decided on size, colour etc?
I really want to get a good breeder and a pup/adult with a lovely temperament, but I still haven't been able to decide what size is best for me! Is there any particular 'reason' you picked standards, or was it just a preference?

I apologize if I sound rude or spelling error, English is not my first language. :)

ETA: What are the bars above everyone's avatars meaning?
 

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Wow thank you so much for that very informative reply! Would you mind if I copied and saved it somewhere so I can reference it when I've decided on size, colour etc?
I really want to get a good breeder and a pup/adult with a lovely temperament, but I still haven't been able to decide what size is best for me! Is there any particular 'reason' you picked standards, or was it just a preference?

I apologize if I sound rude or spelling error, English is not my first language. :)

ETA: What are the bars above everyone's avatars meaning?
Yep for sure, copy to your heart's desire!

The bars above the avatar are activity bars (I think), the more you post etc. the more it goes up and you can get medal things.

Deciding on a good breeder is so important, so you can ensure to the best of your ability that you are getting a well cared for, intelligent, and beautiful pup, and to support the right cause!

I can't really say I picked the standards, as we ended up getting Saffy within a few days of finding out about her, but we'd totally fallen in love with my grandparents standard pup (who ended up being our one's newphew), and it just all fell into place. I have always adored minis and toys, but I think standards are that bit extra special (sorry to all you toy and mini fans!!)

They're so fun, loving, loyal, clownish, agile, cuddly... the list goes on.
And for a big(ish) dog, they aren't as big, in terms of weight and space as some othe dogs in similar size (height), like Rottweilers etc., they tuck up pretty small!
They are just so cool, and have that fun loving attitude that is cool seeing in a big dog, they are so fun to train, and play with, and are just really really cool! Did I say that they are cool?? lol

I would highly recommend though, that you spend as much time around all different poodles as you can, to try and get a feel for what you like, and remember don't judge by one experience, as sometimes they can just be untrained dogs.

Also, standards, do require more grooming, as they are bigger than the toys or minis, but people will probably be more impressed when meeting them, as they generally aren't seen often.

And don't worry about any spelling errors or anything, English is my first language and I still make mistakes all the time! lol :)
If you had not told me so, I would never have guessed it wasn't your first language :)
 

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Yep for sure, copy to your heart's desire!

The bars above the avatar are activity bars (I think), the more you post etc. the more it goes up and you can get medal things.

Deciding on a good breeder is so important, so you can ensure to the best of your ability that you are getting a well cared for, intelligent, and beautiful pup, and to support the right cause!

I can't really say I picked the standards, as we ended up getting Saffy within a few days of finding out about her, but we'd totally fallen in love with my grandparents standard pup (who ended up being our one's newphew), and it just all fell into place. I have always adored minis and toys, but I think standards are that bit extra special (sorry to all you toy and mini fans!!)

They're so fun, loving, loyal, clownish, agile, cuddly... the list goes on.
And for a big(ish) dog, they aren't as big, in terms of weight and space as some othe dogs in similar size (height), like Rottweilers etc., they tuck up pretty small!
They are just so cool, and have that fun loving attitude that is cool seeing in a big dog, they are so fun to train, and play with, and are just really really cool! Did I say that they are cool?? lol

I would highly recommend though, that you spend as much time around all different poodles as you can, to try and get a feel for what you like, and remember don't judge by one experience, as sometimes they can just be untrained dogs.

Also, standards, do require more grooming, as they are bigger than the toys or minis, but people will probably be more impressed when meeting them, as they generally aren't seen often.

And don't worry about any spelling errors or anything, English is my first language and I still make mistakes all the time! lol :)
If you had not told me so, I would never have guessed it wasn't your first language :)
Thank you! That is an big compliment for me. I like to tell people upfront because I've been caught saying offensive things and I was unaware it was inappropriate terminology. (I told my Science teacher he was weird when I first came to Australia from Russia :D)

I can't really socialize with poodles, as I live in very small town (population 1,000) and no one owns poodle, only mutts from local pound. But for some reason our local park very frequently holds dog shows, so is this good opportunity to talk to poodle owners and play with puppie?

I agree, breeder is so important. I want someone who loves their dogs as family pets, not baby making machines. So I am going to call all different breeders over the next twelve months and meet them, to see if I get a good vibe or not. Mama always taught me to trust my gut-it always right. :) Any other suggestions for ways to tell good breeder?

Do standard poodles require more exercise and mental stimulation or equal? Because I will most likely live somewhere smaller then and even though daily walks I don't want to choose wrong.
 

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Thank you! That is an big compliment for me. I like to tell people upfront because I've been caught saying offensive things and I was unaware it was inappropriate terminology. (I told my Science teacher he was weird when I first came to Australia from Russia :D)

I can't really socialize with poodles, as I live in very small town (population 1,000) and no one owns poodle, only mutts from local pound. But for some reason our local park very frequently holds dog shows, so is this good opportunity to talk to poodle owners and play with puppie?

I agree, breeder is so important. I want someone who loves their dogs as family pets, not baby making machines. So I am going to call all different breeders over the next twelve months and meet them, to see if I get a good vibe or not. Mama always taught me to trust my gut-it always right. :) Any other suggestions for ways to tell good breeder?

Do standard poodles require more exercise and mental stimulation or equal? Because I will most likely live somewhere smaller then and even though daily walks I don't want to choose wrong.
Dog shows would be a great way to meet the dogs and breeders as well. Although, you might not get much interaction with the poodles during the day, as they'll probably be being groomed. But at the end of the day, you might be able to see them after the show, once it's over.
Standard Poodles would require the same amount of mental stimulation as the smaller ones, but would require more exercise. As they are born retrievers, most of them love chasing tennis balls for 20-30 minutes, which is great exercise for them.

Just talk to the breeder about their breeding program, ie health testing, how often they breed their dogs, what they do with their dogs, if they have a website, so you can see their dogs, etc.
A good breeder should get annoyed at your questions, just express that you are really interested in poodles, and they should be more than happy to answer you questions.

Also, there is a thread somewhere that advises about good breeders, I can't find it now, but will look later:)
 
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