For the first time, the Standard Poodle the largest of the three poodle varieties has a book to itself, concentrating on its history and development, and describing the Standard Poodle's charming character and working ability. The Poodle's ancient origins are traced, focusing on its role as a waterretriever, and its appeal as one of the most successful of show dogs. There is also valuable advice on puppy training, exercise, coat care and nutrition as well as tips for the first time poodle owner. This wonderful book is illustrated with top-quality color and black and white photographs. Eileen Geeson has been actively involved with Standard Poodles for over thirty years, and has enjoyed considerable success with her Janavons prefix. Ms. Geeson is an international Championship Show judge and is vice chair of the Standard Poodle Club.