The giant poodle, as it name suggests, is the largest of all poodles and should be over thirty-eight centimeters in height from the wicher down. The eyes of the poodle should be dark and should be situated at the height of the stop and should be slightly oblique. Its ears should be close to the head and the lobules should look big and should not have too many fringes. The skull must look moderately rounded with a slight but defined stop. Its cheekbones are chiseled underneath the eyes. It's shoulders should be well inclined back and not look straight. Its front legs should look straight and parallel and its feet should be oval and small, not open. Its hind legs should be straight and well angled. The coat of this dog should be kinky and should always have a rough thick texture to it. There are certain determined haircuts that are done on poodles by dog barbers and its up to the owner to decide what he or she likes best. The colors of the giant poodle can be blue, grey, silver, brown, light brown, crème or apricot. The color of the nose, eyelids, lips, nails and eyes must correspond to the color of the coat.
The giant poodle is a very egocentric dog that needs a lot of applause, prizes, and attention. The giant poodle is considered to be one of the most intelligent breeds. If you are looking for a dog that is willing to obey and easy to train, this dog can definitely be placed in that category. Teaching the giant poodle to become socialized is very important because since it's such an intelligent dog it can become very antisocial and disagreeable with strangers. The owner should try to get it to be friendly with other people, although obviously it will be more into its owner by nature. It listens and has a good memory and this is why it's a real challenge to conquer it. The owner must be very aware of the care that its coat requires and the amount of time that must be put into it, especially in the case of the giant poodle. Get it used to getting groomed at a young age.
The normal weight of the giant poodle at birth varies anywhere from 225 to 450 grams. The length of the tail also varies at birth and docking it must be done by a professional. Cutting the spurs is optional. The puppy will change colors as it grows into adulthood; for example, grey poodles are born black and they go turning grey as they grow and then becomes even lighter when it become a full grown adult. Make sure to check the pigmentation of the lips, nose etc. At around the age of eight weeks a puppy should weigh around two and a half to three and a half kilograms. Full physical maturity is reached around the age of twelve to eighteen months. Make sure to choose a friendly, extroverted puppy since generally their temperament stays the same way.
Despite all the original hairstyles of this dog, the giant poodle remains being a robust dog that conserves some of its hunting instincts. Don't expect it to be a porcelain doll; it's actually a dog that requires a lot of exercise and maintenance. Because of the coat and size of it, the care of its hair is very demanding and requires of professional grooming for even the simplest haircuts. The ears of this dog need to get cleaned once a week as they have a tendency to get ear infections. Problems with hip dysphasia and ocular problems are common in the bigger poodles. Ectropion, iris atrophy and juvenile cataracts are also documented problems. Excessive tearing can also be a problem. Progressive retina atrophy has also become a worry for breeders and the future owner will need to become informed on it since it can cause blindness. There are also documented cases of epilepsy, Von Willebrand, some cardiac and bone problems. Sebaceous adenitis, which is a hereditary skin problem, has also been seen. Poodles can also have adverse reactions to the anti rabies vaccine. The life span of the giant poodle is generally around ten to fourteen years.