We are very active outdoors
and our dog went
everywhere. She went down-
hill mountain bike riding,
swimming in the rapids on the
mountaineering, boating on
the Fraser River.
Search and Rescue
extensively and finally found a
breeder who bred dogs who just
happened to be Standard
Poodles. I say it that way
because she felt the dog was
first the fact that it was a Poodle
was second. So home came my
curly coated Dog!
Our Friends were initially shocked and horrified to see us with a Poodle. I recall one day I
asked a friend of mine to hold my dog’s leash so I could go and use the toilet. He took the leash
reluctantly stating that it was as bad as asking him to hold a woman’s purse!
Coming from a Working dog background I raised my Standard Poodle like a dog! I learned very
quickly that because she was built solid the ONLY thing that made her look like a froo froo dog
was her coat. I learned how to clip her coat to NOT look like a froo froo dog! The Poodle won
the sceptics over.
Initially our curly coated dog was not accepted in the working dog world. However, the Standard Poodle can now
be found hunting and receiving hunting titles, flying over agility obstacles and receiving agility titles.... And Paris
Poodles are now certified Search and Rescue dogs! Standard poodles have proven time and again they are great,
honest hard workers!
We have bred the WORKING dog back into a working breed... in the process we have produced the most
stable, honest family companions... we have been told that getting a Paris Poodles is like joining an elite club or
|A Paris Poodle retrieving
from water.... as a Standard
Poodle SHOULD be able to
and WANT to do!!!
Our love for the Standard Poodle began over 11 years ago when my dog and I were taking
agility classes together. A fellow classmate had a Standard Poodle. Prior to meeting that
Standard Poodle that I had been an avid German Shepherd Dog fan. I had owned several
German Shepherds from both North American and European breeding. I had trained my
German Shepherd Dog for Search and Rescue (SAR) work.
Imagine my surprise to meet a breed that made my dog appear…. Well how do we say it?
Lacking? The Standard Poodles intelligence is usually ranked in either number 1 or 2 place
(depending upon who’s study you read). The German Shepherd Dog is around number 4. Who
would have thought there could be such a difference between those numbers?
Standard Poodle is used around the world for disaster work due to their light size, agility and their
ability to think. I contacted several Search and Rescue members from Europe and North
American and discussed their use of the Standard for SAR work.
I found out that I had to be careful where I got my Standard Poodle from because just like in the
German Shepherd Dog breed there are Breeders who breed so much for conformation (the
animal who looks the most like the breed standard) that the animal can no longer function in a
I discovered that due to poor breeding some Standard Poodles were being bred to be so fine that
they were fragile and lacking in ability to form good strong muscles. I needed a working dog so I
certainly could not get a dog that was too fine – I needed muscles! Some poor examples of the
breed have been bred to have such a straight front that those dogs can no longer swim!!! The
poodle was originally used as a water retriever dog! A Standard Poodle that cannot swim???
That is insane!
|The Philosophy Paris Poodles breeds by:
Pedigree indicates what the animal should be.
Conformation indicates what the animal appears to be.
But Performance indicates what the animal actually is.
|Search and Rescue