Our standard poodles are on the smaller side of standard. By that I mean that puppies in this size will weigh around 40 pounds--most standards are in the 50-65 pound weight range. We like our poodles a bit more on the smaller side because we feel that they "fit" better in our house. They don't take up as much room on the couch or chair. They don't feel so imposing when they climb into our laps. Grooming them doesn't feel like it takes the whole day. Yet, our smaller standard have the same loveable standard temperament and wisdom--and don't forget that prancing gait that poodles are known for!