Good Exercises For Your Standard Poodle

Exercising Your Standard PoodleThe Poodle is an old breed, at least 400 years old. The name “Poodle” most likely came out of the German word “Pudel,” which means “to splash in water”, which lets you know this was originally a water dog, specifically a water retriever. They were used as hunting dogs in Germany, Great Britain, and France where they became especially popular.  The breed, however, over time become popular performance dogs and more so companion dogs. The poodle has been bred in 3 sizes – Standard, Miniature, and Toy – with the Standard Poodle being the oldest and largest.

Breed Type

Companion/Gun Dog

Physical Characteristics

  • a medium to large dog
  • coat is either curly or corded, medium-length coat
  • long drop ears, docked or erect tail


    • intelligent and highly trainable
    • graceful and skillful, great in many dog sports
    • affectionate with family but aloof with strangers, good with children and other dogs
    • high energy dog that is smart and will find trouble if lack of activity
    • cheerful and good-natured, likes attention

Best Exercises

  • long walks (45 minutes or more) or 2 or 3 moderate walks
  • running or jogging
  • swimming
  • active obedience training
  • dog sports training:
  • challenging games: Hide and Seek, obstacle courses
  • chasing games: Fetch, Tag
  • dog parks (if well socialized)

Suggested Exercise Plan

Standard Poodles are high energy and smart – a combination that can lead to destructive behavior without a good amount of exercise. It is important to engage their minds as well as exercise their bodies. Luckily, this breed loves to do many things.At least a vigorous 30 minutes walk and a 30-minute play session. OR

An energetic play or training session of an hour (or 2-30 minute sessions).

Things To Note

The Standard Poodle needs a consistent, firm hand in leading games and walk and can take advantage of indecisiveness. This breed is also prone to hip dysplasia and luxating patella.