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Poodle Club of SA is for All Poodles and Poodle Fanciers

The Poodle Club of South Australia is for people who own a pure bred poodle and for all people interesed in this fantastic breed. Your poodle does not need to have a registered pedigree to join. The aim of the club is to bring together Poodle fanciers from around South Australia, promote our fabulous breed and share our passion for poodles. We educate the public on the advantages of having a purebred poodle. Organise family fun days, social events, Trials and Championship Shows.

Don't judge a Poodle by
its' Haircut
White Standard Poodle in continental trim, hunting poodle Diana

RBIS MBISS GCHS CH LouterCreek Candle in the Wind

Doing what a standard poodle excels at

Our Recent Funday Judge Mr Gregory Ross

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Three Varieties of Poodles

poodle varieties in show trim

Toys are the smallest and under 11 inches, Standards are the largest and over 15 inches and the Miniatures are between the two, over 11" and under 15"

Hair Styles

three sizes
Show Trim
Three varieties of poodle in pet trim
Pet Trim
A poodle doing what it was bred to do

A very talented poodle

Tango is a nine year old standard poodle, who shares her life with Andrea Sutherland. Tango starter her career as a show dog, but at the age of two and a half years she switched to dog sports.

Andrea and Tango participate in a range of disciplines, including Obedience, Rally, Tricks, Scent Work, rural Tracking and urban Track and Search. Some of the more unusual sports they do are Lure Coursing, Backpacking, Endurance and Dances With Dogs.

As a team, Andrea and Tango have achieved nineteen Titles, across 11 sports, including a Tracking Champion Title. This demonstrates how truly versatile the poodle is, and how well suited they are to a life filled with learning and activity. When they’re not training or competing, Andrea and Tango like to just hang out together, or go to the beach.

Tango - a very Talented Poodle relaxing

Labradoodles Are More Poodle Than Lab

The Australian creator of the Labradoodle was trying to find the perfect guide dog for a blind woman whose husband was allergic to dog hair. He tried about a dozen poodles before breeding a poodle with a Labrador retriever. The resulting Australian Labradoodles became incredibly popular as a mix of two well-liked breeds.

But a new study finds that the breed that developed from that popular cross isn’t an even split of both breeds – it is primarily poodle. Lots of Poodle DNA For the study, researchers analyzed genetic data from Australian Labradoodles, Labrador retrievers, poodles, and a number of other breeds. The results were published in PLOS Genetics.

They were somewhat surprised at what they found. “First, the Australian Labradoodle meets the definition of a breed at the statistical level. Those arguing for it to have breed status with various registries have a good argument,” she says. “What we didn’t expect was the degree to which today’s Australian Labradoodle has such a large component of its genome from the poodle. While the breed started as a 50-50 mix, it is clear that poodle traits are highly valued and many more poodles than Labradors have been added to the breed at strategic points.”

Analysis of Australian labradoodle genome reveals an emphasis on the 'oodle'

The designer breed is mostly poodle, with some Labrador retriever and other breeds mixed in


MERLE COLOR - Any dog exhibiting the merle color pattern CANNOT be a purebred poodle

This color does not exist and has never been a breed color

Merle Poodles - National Poodle Council Submisson to ANKC

The merle color in poodles is not naturally occuring in the breed, there fore any poodle displaying the merle color cannot be a purebred poodle. Doubling up on the merle gene brings the risk of associated health concerns, deafness and eye conditions

National Poodle Council - ANKC Merle Submission

An Article on the Merle Gene

No time to read the whole thing? Here's the quick version!

The M locus consists of M (merle), and m (non-merle). A merle dog has problems making eumelanin pigment, causing random patches of dilution in the coat. Most normal-looking merles are Mm, as two copies of the merle gene (MM) generaly results in double merle. Double merles have large amounts of white in their coat and deafness and eye abnormalities are common. All merles may have blue or partially blue eyes, and pink or partially pink noses.

Merle can be completely hidden by recessive red, as recessive red dogs can't make eumelanin pigment and merle only affects eumelanin. A recessive red merle is sometimes known as a phantom merle.