British and Australian Poodle Standards

The British standards for the three Poodle varieties are the same as the Australian standards, and all three varieties of this breed are granted championship status in the Utility Group of Non-Sporting Breeds.



That of a very active, intelligent, well balanced and elegant looking dog with good temperament, carrying himself very proudly.


Sound, free movement and light gait are essential.


Long and fine with slight peak at the back. The skull not broad and with a moderate stop. Foreface strong and well chiseled, not falling away under the eyes; bones and muscles flat. Lips tight fitting. Chin well defined but not protruding. The whole head must be in proportion to the size of the dog.


Almond shaped, dark, not set too close together, full of fire and intelligence.


The leather long and wide, low set on, hanging close to the face.


Teeth white, strong, even with scissor bite. A full set of 42 teeth is desirable.


Well proportioned, of good length and strong to admit of the head being carried high and with dignity. Skin fitting tightly at the throat.


Shoulders strong and muscular, sloping well to the back, legs set straight from the shoulders, well muscled.


Chest deep and moderately wide. Ribs well sprung and rounded. Back short, strong, slightly hollowed, loins broad and muscular.


Thighs well developed and muscular, well bent stifles, well let down hocks, hind legs turning neither in nor out.


Pasterns strong, tight feet proportionately small, oval in shape, turning neither in nor out, toes arched, pads thick and hard, well cushioned.


Set on rather high, well carried at a slight angle away from the body, never curled or carried over the back, thick at the root.


Very profuse and dense of good harsh texture without knots or tangles. All short hair close, thick and curly. It is strongly recommended that the traditional lion clip be adhered to.


All solid colours. White and cream Poodles to have black nose, lips and eyerims, black toenails desirable. Brown Poodles to have dark amber eyes, dark liver nose, lips, eyerims, and toenails. Apricot Poodles to have dark eyes with black points or deep amber eyes with liver points. Black, silver, and blue Poodles to have black nose, lips, eyerims and toenails. Cream, apricot, brown, silver and blue Poodles may show varying shades of the same colour up to 18 months. Clear colours preferred.


38 cm (15") and over.


Heavy build, clumsiness, long back, snipy in foreface, light or round or prominent eyes, lippiness, bad carriage, heavy gait, coarse head, over or undershot or pincer mouth, flesh coloured nose, coarse legs and feet, long flat toes, open soft coats with no curl, parti-colours--(white markings on black or coloured Poodles, lemon or other markings on white Poodles), vicious temperament.

Poodle (Miniature)

The Poodle (Miniature) should be in every respect a replica, in miniature, of the Standard Poodle. Height at shoulder should be under 38cmm (15") but not under 28 cm (11").

Poodle (Toy)

The standard of the Poodle (Toy) is the same as that of the Poodle (Standard) and Poodle (Miniature) except that the height at shoulder should be under 28 cm (11").

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