Poodle (Miniature)

Dog Breed Profile

Poodle (Miniature)

• High energy level
• Low exercise needs
• Very playful
• Moderately affectionate
• Shy towards other dogs
• Friendly around other pets
• Shy around strangers
• Easy to train
• Great watchdogs
• Not very protective
• Moderate grooming requirements
• Medium tolerance to heat
• Medium tolerance to cold

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The Miniature Poodle is a playful dog breed, eager to please and good with children, dogs and other family pets. He’s lively and smart, and although not easy to train, he is obedient. His personality and ability to live in almost any sized living environment has made him a popular choice for families for many years.

For those with allergies, his hypoallergenic coat makes him a perfect pet, but he will still require regular grooming by a professional. He’s an active dog and like most dogs, he requires daily exercise to suit his high energy level. The Miniature Poodle has a light and elegant stride, and has an athletic background.

  • Not suited to living outdoors
  • Health conditions that need to be tested for include eye, knee, hip
  • Grooming needs include daily brushing and regular professional grooming
  • The Miniature Poodle is a very affectionate and friendly, loving animal that can be difficult to train
  • Has a great relationship with family members, young and old, not very protective but do make great watchdogs
  • The average size of a male is 12 to 18lbs and 10 to 25 inches tall
  • The average size of a female is 12 to 18lbs and 10 to 15 inches tall
  • Family history is gun dog, companion, water dog
  • Originally from Germany and Central Europe
  • First bred in the 1500’s
  • Original purpose was water retrieving, performer
  • Today they are used for companion
  • Also known as barbone, caniche

Care & Health:

The Miniature Poodle is a social breed and thrives on plenty of human contact. Smart and energetic, they require daily exercise or long romps in the yard. They are not a breed to live outdoors, and some may thoroughly enjoy swimming as a form of exercise.

The Miniature Poodle’s coat will do best with daily brushing and he will require regular trips to the salon to keep his coat trimmed and free of any matting. When he sheds, brush often as his fur will not fall out on its own.

Major Health Concerns:

–Pra, Legg – Perthes, patellar luxation, epilepsy

Minor Health Concerns:

–trichiasis, entropion, lacrimal duct atresia, cataract, glaucoma, distichiasis and occasionally urolithiasis, intervertebral disc degeneration

Test for:

–eye, knee, hip

Life Span:

– 13 to 15 years

Breed History:

The Miniature Poodle’s haircut was designed in Germany when he was prized as a water retriever, with any hair left specifically to protect organs from the cold. There are three varieties, and the miniature was likely used for truffle hunting.

In addition to his water dog history he has also worked as a circus performer, guard dog, guide dog and even military dog. Fashion-conscious women prized this dog as an accessory, and he was eventually was chosen as France’s national dog.

In the late 1800s the poodle became a popular show dog, and in the 1900s the still-popular bouffant design replaced the earlier corded look. Although their popularity declined drastically in the late 20s, they made an amazing comeback that saw him rated as the most popular pet in the US.