I'm "a retired family" or "with someone home all the time"
Either sex will make a wonderful pet.
"I plan to have my pet with me constantly, taking it
"bye-bye" with me as one of the (human) family"
You will be thrilled with either sex.
"I have a house full of kids and a chaotic schedule"
Either sex will fit right in.
"We are a working family that is gone all day
and home only at night"
A male wouldn't necessarily be "happier" than a
female, but will certainly adjust and accept the
situation much better than a female.
Since I am asked on a regular basis - Here's a bit of "FYI" on the difference in colors...
For those of you unfamiliar with "silver" standard poodles, allow
me to offer a description. Silvers (like ECHO, below left) are born black,
but quickly begin lightening - initially through the face and feet,
then slowly over the rest of their bodies. They will usually clear to
their permanent color by around 18 months or so, depending on their depth
of color. They can range from a flannel gray to a "frosted" white known
as "platinum". The lighter they will be, the faster their coat will clear.
For those of you unfamiliar with "blue" standard poodles, again if I
may offer a description. Blues - like silvers - are also born black. As their
coat begins to clear, you will notice a lightening through first the face
and feet, then slowly over the rest of their bodies (note BUGSY, above right).
A blue will take longer to clear - often up to 3-4 years before totally
evening out into a solid color. Their coat (once totally cleared) can
range from a "Persian cat" true-blue to a deep gun-metal slate gray.
Again, the lighter they will be, the faster their coat will clear.
A tell-tale indicator of a blue pup vs. a black is when they begin
to get "brassy" looking around the ears and top knot when their
hair gets length on it.