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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, Championship Shows, All Breed Shows and Nationals.

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


Agility is fun sport for dogs and handlers to get fit together. Dogs are required to negotiate an obstacle course through hoops, tunnels, weaving poles, A frames, dog walks, see-saws and jumps.

The poodles love running around the courses.

There are a number of agility clubs around Adelaide

Registered Poodles

Registered pedigree puppies will have a blue or orange certified pedigree issued by your state ANKC body. In South Australia it is Dogs SA. Poodles with a blue pedigree paper, The Main Register, may be shown in conformation. Poodles with orange papers, Limited Register, are not to be bred from and cannot compete in conformation shows.

All poodles can compete in other activities, obedience, agility, flyball, tracking, dances with dogs.

Dog Showing

Siba sits on the winner’s circle after winning Best in Show during the annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show on February 11, 2020 in New York City, US. Picture: Getty Images

Poodles in all three sizes compete in the showring. Our main showground is David Roche Park in Kilburn, and most weekends you will find poodle exhibitors in pursuit of the awards and prizes, amongst other breeds of dogs. DogsSA Website has more information

Pet Fun Days

Fun for everyone. Bring the family bring your poodle. Activities - Stalls - New Friends - Social Outings

You may also bring your other doggie family members even if they are not a poodle, as long as one of your pets is a purebred poodle.

Images from our Family Fun Day August 30, 2020


Tracking makes use of a poodles natural scenting instincts which is enjoyable and rewarding.

Tracking involves training a dog to follow a ground scent trail and find any discarded articles of clothing along the track.

Tracking Dog Club of SA Inc


Poodle Team at Crufts Watch the video on UTube

Attending an obedience club will teach you, by the world’s best practice, to train your dog to become a well mannered, happy, appreciated and accepted member of your family and an animal that is easily acceptable in the wider community

Titles and certificates are awarded after the dog successfully qualifies three times at each level and these titles are then added to the dog’s name.

Dances with Dogs

Dances with Dogs (DWD) is an ANKC sanctioned competition sport comprising Heelwork to Music and Freestyle. DWD competitions provide handlers and their dogs with an opportunity to demonstrate a skilful, choreographed routine, performed to music. DWD has its foundation in traditional obedience heelwork. However, the inclusion of innovative and creative moves, and movement in time to and interpretation of the music are expected. Competitions are held Australia-wide.

Karin Marder and Brax

Rally Obedience

Rally obedience is conducted in a ring with the handler following a numbered sequence of signs depicting the exercise required to be performed at each station.

Competitors are encouraged to talk to their dogs through the run, they are allowed to tell dogs to sit and stay etc where they wouldn't be allowed in Obedience, they are allowed to Retry stations if they goof (2 retries per course), and the Novice level is all on lead. A Rally O run out is also only about 2 minutes

Lure Coursing


Due to Covid we held our first official Lure Coursing Trial for 2020 20 September with 57 entries. Although Pippin has retired from official Lure Coursing trials it is great that he has the opportunity to run the test run at the beginning of each trial. Although a veteran he ran the 720 metre course comfortably. Pippin was the first poodle in Australia to gain the official Advanced Lure Coursing title.

Come and Try Lure Coursing!Looking for a fun activity to do with your dog?Does your dog love to chase?Lure Coursing is a fantastic way to entertain and exercise your dog! Dogs of any breed and size welcome! Check out our Upcoming Events and head to a Fun Day with your dog to give it a try. Bring your dog along on a secure leash and collar, some cash for a couple of runs and come say "hi" to any of our members.Adelaide Lure Coursing

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Our Newsletter

Our second newsletter packed full of poodle pics and information

Pics of our Committee hard at work

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 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.