The poodle is a square and harmoniously built dog with a frizzy curly coat, and an elegant and proud look. The body`s lenght is slightly superiour to the hight of the withers, wich in Standard poodles reach from 45-62 cm. Back is short with a straight topline.
The poodle is strong-boned and well-muscled, with the frontlegs standing upright and parallell, and relatively well angulated and parallell hindlegs. Neck is strong slightly arched, medium long and carried high. The chest is reaching the elbow, is fairly broad and in front the sternum-bone should be prominent and set high. Croup is rounded but not falling. Feet are small and firm with well-arched toes.
The poodle`s head is distinguished, well chisseled and oval in shape seen from above. Slightly pronounced stop with muzzle perfectly straight and branches of the lower jaw almost parallell. The lower profile of the muzzle is determined by the lower jaw and not by upper-lips. Scissorbite. Almond-shaped eyes with a keen expression.
Tail is set quite high at the level of the loin, and raised in action.
The poodle has an effortless and springy gait.
The FCI-standard recognize the solid colours black, brown, white, grey, orange fawn(apricot), and red fawn.
The standard has also defined authorized show-trims: Lion clip, Modern clip, English clip and the Puppy clip.