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How tall is your standard Poodle?

I'm seeing varying heights..

21"-22" 50-60 pounds is the largest dog I'd be happy with owning, Anything above 19" and Under 50 is my ideal.

How do I find a poodle that IS the height I like? Google says 18-24 inches.. 24 is wayy too much, thats where I'd like a dogs head to be..
 

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Show poodles tend to be on the smaller side, your desired size. It shouldn't be a problem if you go with a breeder with a conformation background or even a sport breeder who has occasionally shown in conformation.
 

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How tall is your standard Poodle?

I'm seeing varying heights..

21"-22" 50-60 pounds is the largest dog I'd be happy with owning, Anything above 19" and Under 50 is my ideal.

How do I find a poodle that IS the height I like? Google says 18-24 inches.. 24 is wayy too much, thats where I'd like a dogs head to be..
Hi, our Charlie is about 29 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs around 85 pounds, all of it rock hard muscle because I hike/snowshoe in the mountains a couple of hours each day. He's been looked at by a couple of professional dog show handlers, who were very impressed with his conformation and gait. We aren't interested in shows, these were people we encountered in Arizona who had just finished working a big show there. They said he is a really large Standard.
 

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My 5 month old puppy is 21 inches. He had just gained another 5 lbs at his checkup earlier this week so it seems like he is still growing.

One thing that stuck out to me when I was looking into spoo's was that there seems to be a big gender gap in average sizes (compared to other larger dog breeds I'm familiar with).
Obviously, there are exceptions, but maybe getting a female dog from a breeder with smaller parents would be a good strategy?
 

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Breeders who show in conformation do tend to produce non-gigantic bitches and dogs. I suspect of course that if there were an upper limit on height in the breed standard things would change in a hurry. My two spoos are to my way of thinking nicely in size. Lily is 22 3/4" and about 37 pounds. Javelin is 24" at the withers and about 52 pounds. There definitely is sexual dimorphism in this breed.
 
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My boy Galen at 9 months is currently around 24" and around 45 lbs. He's turning out slightly larger than his breeder or the puppy growth charts predicted, but not by much. I expect him to add a little more weight as he fills out, but not too much more height. His breeder does show, so he was bred to breed standard rather than Costco family size proportions.
 

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cowpony I was surprised Javelin weighed as much as he did yesterday at the vet. Maybe his metabolism has finally slowed down enough to not always be burning more calories than he is willing to eat. He is the same height as Galen.
 
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More I think about it, the more I think a Mini might suit me better. Which kind of sucks, since I already found a Standard poodle breeder that I love.. a lot..

those who own minis? how is their drive? I love how Standard poodles can do ... a lot. I've heard varying things, from minis lack drive, to minis are nut heads. Do you know of any breeders who breed minis for sport?
 

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I have no idea where you are but Karbit* is expecting a litter at the end of March. From their website “if all goes well, we will have small Standard puppies arriving in late March. Anticipated colors are
black/blue in solid or part, with brown/cafe in solid or parti possible. Average height at maturity
will be 18-20 inches” I don’t personally know much about them but they’re well regarded on this site.
 
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No interest in getting a dog anytime soon. I'm 16.. I'll be 20+ before I can bring a dog home. I'm just ULTRA exited, and super into researching breeders. Who knows if they will even be around by the time I get a dog, but knowing them is helpful, anyways.

Right now, my #1 priority is choosing which size I want, and then finding a mentor!
 
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