Traditionally the Standard Poodle was a retriever or gun dog, particularly in duck hunting. Standard Poodles are ranked 2nd as the most intelligent dog breeds. Poodles can be skillful in many other dog sports, including agility, obedience, tracking, herding and service dog work.
The Poodle has a very nice coat that will not shed and is usually best for families with allergies. They do require regular grooming visits!