This is the guide that Breeders and Judges use to evaluate
the three sizes of the Poodle in Australia.
(Pre 1987 Kennel Club, London)
GENERAL APPEARANCE: Refer to Characteristics
CHARACTERISTICS: That of a very active, intelligent, well-balanced and elegant looking dog with good temperament,
carrying themselves very proudly.
TEMPERAMENT: Good temperament (Also refer to Characteristics)
HEAD & SKULL: 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 muscle flat.
Lips tight fitting. Chin well defined, but not protruding.
The whole head must be in proportion to the size of the dog.
EYES: Almond shaped, dark, not set too close together, full of fire and intelligence.
EARS: The leather long and wide, low set on, hanging close to the face.
MOUTH: Teeth – white, strong, even, with scissor bite. A full set of 42 teeth is desirable.
NECK: Well proportioned, of good length and strong to admit of the head being carried high and with dignity.
Skin fitting tightly at the throat.
FOREQUARTERS: Shoulders – strong and muscular, sloping well to the back, legs set straight from the shoulders,
BODY: Chest – deep and moderately wide. Ribs – well sprung and rounded.
Back – short, strong slightly hollowed, loins broad and muscular.
HINDQUARTERS: Thighs well developed, muscular, well-bent stifles, well let down hocks,
hind legs turning neither in nor out.
FEET: Pasterns strong, tight feet proportionately small, oval in shape, turning neither in nor out,
toes arched, pads thick and hard, well cushioned.
TAIL: 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.
GAIT/MOVEMENT: Sound, free movement and light gait are essential.
COAT: 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.
COLOUR: All solid colours.
White & cream poodles to have black nose, lips and eye rims, black toenails desirable;
brown poodles to have dark amber eyes, dark liver nose, lips, eye rims 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, eye rims and toenails.
Cream, apricot, brown, silver and blue poodles may show varying shades of the same colour
up to 18 months. Clear colours preferred.
SIZE: Poodle (Standard) 38cm (15 inches) and over
Poodle (Miniature) Height at shoulder should be under 38 cm (15 ins) but not under 28 cm (11 ins).
Poodle (Toy) Height at shoulder should be under 28 cm (11 ins).
FAULTS: Heavy build, clumsiness Vicious temperament, Coarse head, lippiness, snippy in foreface,
Flesh coloured nose, Light or round or prominent eyes, Bad carriage, heavy gait,
Over or undershot or pincer mouth, Open soft coats with no curl, Long back,
coarse legs and feet, long flat toes,
Part-colours, White markings on black or coloured poodles, Lemon or other markings on white poodles
NOTE: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.