Welcome to the forum Kaybeegenie! We just got our first standard poodle about two months ago and we are thrilled with him. He is really the best dog we've ever had. They are sweet, fun, energetic and sooo smart and easy to train. The fact that they don't shed is a bonus but grooming is something to consider. I think if you keep them with a short coat it's not too much work. Max loves to fetch a tennis ball and if we do a lot of that he gets enough exercise so he is calm in the house.