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The Standard Poodle is the best breed for many reasons. The first that most people think of is their intelligence. This breed is one of (if not the) most intelligent dogs in existence. Many people think of them as being human-like.

Another reason for the popularity of the Standard Poodle is their beauty. No one can deny that the Poodle is the most elegant of all dog breeds. One quick glimpse at an AKC breeds poster or a stroll through any dog show is proof enough that they are magnificent to look at. Having a Standard Poodle walking by your side down the street or in a crowd is something to be proud of… not to mention the amount of Admiration that you get.

We are very proud of our Poodles and are glad you stopped by our web site. We occasionally have puppies available. If you’re interested in one, you can fill out the Request Form and submit it for review. We hope you find our site helpful and would love to hear from you.

Happy Poodling!

Brushing Your Poodle

Brushing a Poodle, whether it be for show or looking glamorous at home, is a developed skill. Correct equipment is a must to get good results. A proper Grooming Table, Pin Brushes, Metal Comb, Coat Conditioning Sprays, a High Speed Blow Dryer, a good Finishing Dryer and proper Slicker Brushes are key to getting the job done.  This equipment must be of superior quality and cannot be purchased at the local pet supply. Investment in professional grade equipment is well worth it, as lower-quality equipment will not get the same results, nor will they last. Chances are you’ll end up frustrated and weary.

Bathing your Poodle once every 7 to 10 days is a must. Brushing should be performed every other day in between baths. This is a time-saving maintenance schedule that will save tons of dematting time and keep your Poodle in fantastic condition. Of course coat management is also effected by using a good shampoo and conditioner combination.

Banding the top knots and mane area is also required for keeping coat tangle-free and not suffering damage from breakage.

Growing coat on a Poodle also requires good nutrition with supplementation and a life style that is fun while keeping coat care in mind. Lots of tugging and pulling by other pets is a hindrance and will result in non-optimum coat condition. Show Poodles need to play with human friends or pet friends that are not inclined to grab and pull those valuable locks on the head, ears and back of neck.

Poodles must be trained to lay on the grooming tables both in a Sphinx-like position and on their sides in a relaxed laying position. Start this early when they are puppies and you’ll be have a much easier time.

When brushing a Poodle’s top knot and mane have the poodle on the grooming table in a Sphinx-like position. I start near the tail end and work my way up to the top knot when brushing. I use a good conditioning spray or if the poodle has some matting I use some even more concentrated conditioning spray. The golden rule here is NEVER BRUSH A DRY COAT! I use my long pinned Pin Brush when brushing coat that is not clean or could have some tangles.

Using the Finishing Dryer on a cool, not-too-high air flow setting, I start brushing at the edge of the long coat along the back. It’s a very light touch with a slowed flick of the wrist upward motion as if to sort of gently “pluck” the matts out of the coat. Remember any coat that comes out on the brush means that you are brushing too hard and trying to get through the process too fast. When grooming a Poodle, time is not an issue. You must relax and enjoy the time you are spending with your poodle. The poodles like being groomed if they know you are not stressed and just trying to “get-er-done”.


If you run into heavy tangles, take your metal comb and work through the mat starting at the edge using only the end tooth of your comb a tiny bit at a time. Be sure to keep the dryer air flow pointed directly on the area you are working on – the air flow helps to separate the tangles and lets you see that you are making progress. You can also gently separate the big clumps of coat by pulling them apart with your fingers, then continue with your comb and then your Pin Brush. Be sure you have plenty of conditioner on the mat when using this method so you don’t break coat. Brush at the mat, working from the sides of the mat first. You can hold the mat with your other hand so that you get into it with your brush. Brushing in every direction breaks the mat up more efficiently. I never cut mats with my scissors or any other instruments to get through them. If matting is particularly heavy I use a Dematting Comb to break them up further after brushing. When brushing or combing always start with the comb or brush that has the widest space between the teeth then go to a comb or brush that has teeth closer together and so on.


If the proper technique is used most tangles will just melt away. One thing one must have is faith that the technique works and not get into too much hurry. If your poodle is very tangled then try many short sessions to get the brushing done.

Brushing the sides of your poodle is done basically the same as the instructions above. However the poodle is laying flat on it’s side. This takes training to get a poodle comfortable in this position. Once a poodle learns that they have nothing to fear from being in this oh-so-vulnerable position, they learn to relax and enjoy the attention. My rule is that if I clip or scissor the coat in an area, then it’s ok to use a Slicker Brush to brush through the coat, providing the brushing is done in a gentle manner, not scraping skin or causing skinned areas in the coat from brushing too hard.

Always follow up with your Metal Comb after you have brushed the coat to make sure all tangles are found and handled. Never bathe a matted coat. This will only set the mats and make them much more difficult to brush out.

Okay, so you’re now ready to bathe your Poodle! Well Done!

Standard Poodle Dogs on November 28, 2010

Picking your Standard Poodle Puppy Out

When picking a Poodle Puppy remember that the puppy who hangs in the back of the pack or seems timid when approached will be the puppy that grows to be a very sweet, mild and loving adult. These puppies will be easier puppies to get through the 6 month to 1 1/2 year stage of life as they will not be as rambunctious and as full of mischief as their more outgoing, at a young age, litter mates.

Often times people mistake these puppies as being "shy" but with the right guidance these are the puppies that make the best companions for those who are not inclined to many rigorous outdoor activities. Which is not to say that puppies with this sweet nature should not be taken out to socialize.

These are the "let's go to the Mall" puppies where as the more inquisitive puppies are more likely to say, "let's go to the river, jump in the water, run up the hill, then counter surf with muddy paws"!

Poodle Tails

Some lines produce what is called a "Gay" or "Rune" Tail, meaning they lay over the back of the Poodle. As the Poodle gets older some will relax and be somewhat straighter, it depends on how "Gay" the tail is to begin with.

My own viewpoint is that when we started docking the tails longer we started seeing more of this phenomenon.

The show ring hated the Gay Tail at first but now is being more forgiving, depending on the judge Both Stanzi and Touche' are donning Gay Tails. We think they are very cute and Poodley.

Standard Poodle Puppies Available

Black Females
Born 9/30/10



Look for our big Sister, Anja, featured in the commercial for the upcoming Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

Champion Sire – Admiration Heroes and Villians
Dam is Our Beloved Ella

Both parents have been genetically tested to ensure good health and longevity in offspring

This is a repeat breeding so we know that the puppies are sound and will have wonderful stable temperaments. Look for big sister “Anja” aka Admiration Spirit of America on the commercial for the upcoming Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in February at Madison Square Gardens.

Puppies are raised in our home and are familiar with household activities.

They are crate-trained and leash-trained. We walk them daily, both on and off leash, at Admiration Ranch where we live.

Ella is a wonderful Mommy and spends time with her puppies long after they have been weaned. This creates a very stable, calm, outgoing and tractable temperament in puppies.

Puppies are groomed weekly with loving hands.

Age appropriate shots given with conservative vaccine protocol to protect developing immune system.

Cherri’s & Stanzi’s Turn

Cherri’s turn to get a bath today. Stanzi too will be bathed and rebanded (top knot and mane protection). Our show Poodles have to be banded every other day and bathed at least once a week. The Poodles love to come to the PoodleTown Tavern to have their hair done. They get to stay in the office until it’s time for them to be groomed. Cherri’s show relaunch is scheduled for January 2010. She’s matured and is more beautiful than ever.

Ella and Her Poodle Pups

My husband Don loves to sing to our Standard Poodles. Ella and her puppies really enjoy his soothing  serenade while spending time in their playpen in the middle of our living room. We know having a bunch of puppies in the living room isn't a lifestyle that everyone could enjoy but it really works for us. Ella is so precious with her pack of gorgeous pups. She teaches them their first lessons in manners. Not all Poodle Moms do this with their puppies. Ella is special and so are her puppies because of her influence on them.

Remember This Classic?

Poodle Contests

We Have TWO (2) Contests For You To Enter Your Poodle In!

Birthday Contest

Come join the Celebration! On the 15th of every month we will have a random drawing of Poodles who’s birthday falls in that month.  The lucky Poodle will win a prize and be announced in our newsletter.

Send us each of your Poodles’ names and birthdays, along with a current picture and we’ll make sure your lovey-dovey gets a chance to win a special Poodley Birthday gift!

Poodle Story Contest

We want to hear from you. We would like a Poodle story of any kind, fiction or real life, funny, touching or sad (anything goes) along with a picture or video of the star Poodle in your story.

We will randomly draw the winner of the Poodle Story Writing Contest every month on the 15th. The winner will receive a special gift from Admiration! Looking forward to reading what’s been happening in your PoodleTown!

NOTE: If you would like to enter more than one Poodle, please do them separately.
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