Your Purebred Puppy, Honest Advice About Dogs and Dog Breeds

Sensible advice for raising your Standard Poodle puppy so he lives a long healthy life and seldom needs to visit the vet. Learn about the most common health problems and issues in Standard Poodles, the best dog food diet for feeding Standard Poodle puppies and adult dogs, the truth about vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and natural health care.


11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, my best-selling dog health book

Standard Poodle dog breed

Standard Poodle Health Problems and Raising a Standard Poodle Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2014

Quiz – How Long Will Your Dog Live?
How To Raise a Healthy Dog
Feeding the Best Dog Food
Feeding the 2nd Best Dog Food
Vaccinations: Needed or Not?
Are You Sure Your Vet Is Good?

The most common health problems in Standard Poodles:

Of all three Poodle sizes, Standard Poodles are the ones most prone to serious health problems.

Eye diseases are a major concern in Standard Poodles:

  • Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) can appear at 3-5 years old.
  • Cataracts that appear from birth to 3 years old usually progress to blindness. Cataracts appearing AFTER age 3 are usually milder.
  • Other eye diseases are corneal ulcers, eyelash abnormalities, retinal dysplasia, and glaucoma.

An estimated 40% of all Standard Poodle deaths are from cancer. A common cancer in the breed is digital squamous cell carcinoma, which originates in the toenails. Standard Poodles as young as 4 years old have been reported with this cancer.

Skin conditions and growths are common in Poodles, especially allergies (which cause itchy skin and can lead to pyoderma), NON-tumorous skin growths (such as papillomas and sebaceous cysts), and actual tumors (such as basal cell tumors).

Ear infections are not uncommon due to the long narrow ear canals and profuse hair in the ear canals.

The most serious skin disease in the breed is sebaceous adenitis. Standard Poodles are the most likely of all breeds to develop this disease, with up to 9% of the breed affected, and another 40% carriers.

Epilepsy is another concern in Standard Poodles.

Hormonal/endocrine diseases are common in Standard Poodles, especially Addison's disease (very serious) and hypothyroidism (not so serious, but requiring lifelong medication). Cushing's disease and diabetes have also been reported.

As with all deep-chested breeds, Standard Poodles are at higher-than-normal risk for the emergency gastrointestinal syndrome called bloat – in fact, of all breeds, they are the 5th most likely to develop it.

Blood-clotting diseases (von Willebrand's, hemophilia A, and thrombocytopenia) occur in Standard Poodles. Fortunately, a simple DNA test is available so you can find out at any time whether your Poodle has von Willebrand's, carries it, or is completely clear of it. Thus far, test results show that about 1% of Poodles are affected and another 11% are carriers.

The most common orthopedic disease is hip dysplasia. It's hard to tell exactly how widespread hip dysplasia is in Standards because the official hip dysplasia statistic of 12.6% lumps all three poodle sizes (Toys, Miniatures, and Standards) together – even though it's the Standards who are most commonly affected.

Other serious concerns in Standard Poodles are kidney disease, autoimmune hemolytic anemia, and heart disease.


Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Standard Poodle?

Yes, often you can.

  1. Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Standard Poodles today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Standard Poodle puppy who is genetically healthy.
  2. Other health problems are environmental – caused by the way you raise your dog. My best-selling dog health book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy shows you how to prevent environmental health problems by raising your Standard Poodle puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.

Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Standard Poodle puppy or adult dog:

Dog lifespan quiz How Long Will Your Dog Live? – Take This Quiz!
Based on your dog's breed and how you're raising him, this personalized quiz will help you understand how long your dog might live – and most importantly, how you can increase his life expectancy.


Obedience instructor and author Michele Welton Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Standard Poodle lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Standard Poodle
The best diet for feeding your Standard Poodle is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, bison, venison, fish....This is not "people food" and I'll tell you why.


Natural dog foods for your Standard Poodle. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Standard Poodle
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.


Information on booster shots for your Standard Poodle. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Standard Poodle puppy really need? Does your adult Standard Poodle need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed. Find out what many vets aren't telling you.


Information on choosing the best vet for your Standard Poodle. The Type of Veterinarian I Recommend
Is your veterinarian really the best choice for your dog? Learn about the differences between vets who practice conventional, holistic, and alternative veterinary medicine.


Information on spaying your Standard Poodle. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female Standard Poodle.


Information on neutering your male dog. Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.