Miniature Poodle

The origin of the Poodle is traced to Germany. The dog breed was initially trained by hunters to catch waterfowls, which explains the origin of the English name 'Poodle'. It is derived from the German word pudel or pudelin, which means "to splash in the water"; in Germany it was known as the Pudelhund. France is credited with standardizing the breed, and it soon became the country's national breed. The Miniature variant of the poodle in particular is often accredited to France, thus the "French" prefix to denote its origins. The poodle spread to other parts of Europe, most notably England and Spain, by the end of the 18th century. Although the breed is still used for hunting today, it has also emerged as a dog show favorite, and it was used extensively in World War II.

The Miniature Poodle is one of the three sizes bred by humans. It is smaller than the Standard Poodle and bigger than the Toy poodle. The dog has a height of 11 to 15 inches (28 to 38 centimeters) at the withers and weighs around 15 to 17 pounds. Notably, poodles that are shorter than 10 inches or taller than 15 inches are not allowed to compete in the American Kennel Club show ring as Miniature Poodles. While most dogs have two coats, poodles have one; it lacks an undercoat. The breed's single layer coat comprises dense, curly fur with minimal shedding. However, coat texture can vary from coarse and woolly to soft and wavy. The coat comes in any of a variety of colors that include white, brown, black, blue, gray, cream, and red. Other notable physical characteristics include a long, straight muzzle; dark, oval-shaped eyes; and long and flat ears. Personality: Miniature Poodles are known for their high level of responsiveness, playfulness, and intelligence. They are also known for being one of the easiest dogs to train. Due to its pedigree as a hunting, sports, and war dog, the poodle exudes an aura of regality. However, this quality often belies its friendliness with people in general. The poodle tends to get very lonely when left alone for long periods of time. The Miniature Poodle is expected to live between 12 and 15 years.

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Breed Type
Pure
Origin
Europe
Function
Life Span
12-15 Years
Hypoallergenic
No
Other Names
French Poodle,  Carniche Moyen (in French),  Barboncino Miniatura (in Italian), Miniature Poodle

Miniature Poodle Build Information

Size
Small
Length (Male)
8-12 in.
Length (Female)
8-10 in.
Weight
15 - 25 lbs
Litter Size
5 - 10 Puppies
Tail Dock or Crop
Docked
Preferred Climate
Any Climate

The Miniature Poodle is one of the three sizes bred by humans. It is smaller than the Standard Poodle and bigger than the Toy poodle. The dog has a height of 11 to 15 inches (28 to 38 centimeters) at the withers and weighs around 15 to 17 pounds. Notably, poodles that are shorter than 10 inches or taller than 15 inches are not allowed to compete in the American Kennel Club show ring as Miniature Poodles. While most dogs have two coats, poodles have one; it lacks an undercoat.

The breed's single layer coat comprises dense, curly fur with minimal shedding.

However, coat texture can vary from coarse and woolly to soft and wavy. The coat comes in any of a variety of colors that include white, brown, black, blue, gray, cream, and red. Other notable physical characteristics include a long, straight muzzle; dark, oval-shaped eyes; and long and flat ears.

Behaviour and Personality

Kid Friendliness
Affection Level
Activity Level
Energy Level
Independant
Good to Other Pets
Dominating or Submissive?
Guardian Skills
Barking
Aggressiveness Level

Miniature Poodles are known for their high level of responsiveness, playfulness, and intelligence. They are also known for being one of the easiest dogs to train. Due to its pedigree as a hunting, sports, and war dog, the poodle exudes an aura of regality.

However, this quality often belies its friendliness with people in general.

The poodle tends to get very lonely when left alone for long periods of time. The Miniature Poodle is expected to live between 12 and 15 years.

Appearance

Colors
Apricot Black Blue Cream Gray Light Brown Off White Red Silver White
Shedding
None
Grooming
Low Maintenance
Coat Type
Curly

A Miniature Poodle would be a great choice if you are a dog lover but allergic to dog dander. The Miniature Poodle needs more than once a week grooming and occasional trimming. This breed does not shed; a regular brush would do it.

Let a professional groomer clip your pooch every 6 weeks.

Check its ears regularly to prevent pet health conditions. As well, check his teeth to prevent plaque and tartar build up.

Breed's Talents and Facts

Training
Easy
Hunting Companion
No
Jolly for Jogging
No
Sighting Capabilities
No
Ideal for Tracking
No
Retrieving Skills
Yes
Pointing Breed
No
Herding Skills
No
Dutiful Watchdog
Yes
Security Guard Capable
No
Police Performer
No
Wet Water rescues
No
Assist Disable Owners
No
Dog Sledding
No
Able to Perform Dog Carting
No
Agile/Zippy
Yes
Fun with Lure Coursing
No
Obedient
Yes
Possible Schutzhund Work
No
Trainable for Tricks
Yes
  • The Miniature Poodle — also known as the French poodle, Carniche Moyen (in French) or Barboncino Miniatura (in Italian)—belongs to the poodle family of dogs, which are perhaps best known for their great athleticism
  • Poodles are particularly outstanding in agility, obedience, and tracking
  • Not surprisingly, this dog breed has been a multiple winner of conformation shows, as well as a top choice as a family pet

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Common Health Conditions in Miniature Poodles

Common medical problems to watch out for in the Miniature Poodle include diabetes, ear infections, epilepsy, IMHA (Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia), heart disease, runny eyes, and skin allergies. It is also prone to cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy, conditions that can cause blindness. Brown-colored poodles in particular tend to turn prematurely gray.

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