In addition to sharing information about our glorious breeds, we also try to pass along information about what a breed isn’t.
Like the Alaskan Rottweiler, the “Excelsior Doberman,” and pretty much any “teacup (fill in the breed), the Royal Poodle is a marketing ploy of some breeders selling a Poodle that is larger than is acceptable in the AKC breed standard. That standard recognizes standard, miniature, and toy sized Poodles, and while there is no written “cap” for height in the standard Poodle’s size which can be “over 15 inches at the highest point of the shoulders,” a “royal” Poodle is typically over 25 to 31 inches tall at the shoulder, virtually twice the standard’s minimum height.
Some “Royal Poodle” breeders charge a premium for their larger dogs. “To the largest goes the prize,” is not how dog shows work, and thus, Royal Poodles have no advantage in a show ring. In fact, most will be ignored (if not wicketed). Royal sized Poodles are also typically thicker, heavier, have bigger feet, chest and bone structure than acceptably sized Standard Poodles.
Sometimes these large Poodles are marketed as “giant” Poodles, which at least offers some transparency, but by either name, anyone looking for their first Poodle who comes across breeders touting their “Royal” or “teacup” Poodles should steer clear if they want a Poodle that meets the standard established by people who know the breed. If a breeder doesn’t even attempt to meet a breed standard, some might wonder what else aren’t they doing in the interest of the soundness of their puppies.
Those who already love a “Royal” Poodle should continue to enjoy their dog. Do agility, flyball or therapy dog work. Have fun with the dog, but be advised that breeding him or her – or getting a Royal Poodle expressly in the belief that you’ll get rich, or that you are improving the gene pool, is not likely.
Image: “Sheer Class” by Mark Adlington is available for purchase as wall art, home decor and lifestyle items here. Sharing this print with this post in no way implies that the Poodle depicted is an unacceptable size.