PBSTD11886

Breed standards: The Poodle Club (1886)

"General Appearance: That of a very active, intelligent and elegant looking dog, well built and carrying himself proudly.
Head: Long, straight and fine, the skull not broad, with a slight peak at the back.
Muzzle: Long (but not snipey) and strong--not full in cheek; teeth white, strong and level, gums black; lips black and tight fitting.
Eyes: Almond shaped, very dark brown, full of fire and intelligence.
Nose: Black and sharp.
Ears: The leather long and wide, set on low, hanging close to the face.
Neck: Well-proportioned and strong, to admit of the head being carried high and with dignity.
Shoulders: Strong and muscular, sloping well to the back.
Chest: Deep and moderately wide.
Back: Short, strong and slightly curved, the loins broad and muscular, the ribs well sprung and braced up.
Legs: Set straight from the shoulder, with plenty of bone and muscle.
Feet: Rather small and of good shape, the toes well arched; pads thick and hard.
Tail: Set on rather high, well carried, never curled or carried over the back.
Coat: Very profuse and of good texture; if corded, hanging in tight even cords.
Colours: All white, all black, all red, all blue, etc. The White Poodle should have dark eyes, black or dark liver nose, lips, and toenails. The Red Poodle should have dark amber eyes, dark liver nse, lips and toenails. The Blue Poodle should be of even colour, without patches of white or black, and have dark eyes, lips and toenails. All the other points of white, red and blue Poodles should be the same as the perfect Black Poodle.
Add to coat, if non-corded Poodle: The coat should be very profuse, and of hard texture, of even length and have no suggestion of cord in it and can be either curly or fluffy.

The Toy Poodle:
The Toy Poodle should resemble the Poodle in every respect except:
Coat: often softer and silky.
Height: under 12 inches.
Weight: under 10 pounds.

"Scale of Points:
General Appearance 10, Head 15, Eyes and Expression 10, Neck and Shoulders 10, Shape of Body and Loins and Back 15, Legs and Feet 10, Coat 15, Carriage of Stern 5, Bone, Muscle and Condition 10." POODLES IN AMERICA, vol. 1, pp. 17-18. This standard was published in the United States in 1905 (please see USA--American Kennel Club). Please note that in PIA 1, p. 18, under the final line of the Toy standard: "(This was added in 1905 in U.S.)" It's not clear whether the weight was added, or the entire Toy section; because this is not clear, we used the 1905 US version, and added this caveat.

The headpiece for this section is "under construction."

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