The Miniature Poodle is a small sized dog, which was bred as a smaller alternative to the Standard Poodle.
Miniature Poodles and Poodles in general are hypoallergenic so they are recommended for people who have allergies. While they do not shed, their coats do require professional grooming to ensure that they look their best. Their coat needs to be clipped about every 6 to 8 weeks as well as regular brushing in between clips.
This lovely breed comes in a variety of colours including blue, grey, brown, apricot, silver, and cream.
Both female and male Miniature Poodles grow to between 28 cm and 38 cm tall. Miniature Poodles tend to weigh no more than 14 kg and the general life expectancy of this breed is approximately 15 years.
Miniature Poodles have a lot of energy, so they require constant walks and mental stimulation. This breed also gets along perfectly with other animals and children if they are raised together and introduced in a proper way.
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This breed has a loving, caring, kind, and intelligent personality. Miniature Poodles get along with small children, other pets, and adults, but remember they are still delicate so younger children should be supervised when around the dog. They love to feel like a part of the family, but can become dominant if they are not trained to understand their place.
Miniature Poodles are very smart, so training them is easy. They are quick learners and don’t forget easily. They require regular walks and room to stretch their legs and love to be part of the action.
This breed is very adventurous with a low level of aggression, so they are perfect to take everywhere.
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It has been reported that the Poodle’s ancestors came from central Asia. They also have a history in France and Russia. But, the Poodle of today is thought to have been bred from a line of German rough coated water dogs. In fact, the German word for a water puddle or one who plays in water is ‘pudel’.
Miniature Poodles were bred as a smaller version of the Standard Poodle by breeding smaller sized poodles with each other. One of the reasons for this was that the smaller dogs were easier to care for. In the 18th Century smaller poodles also became popular with royalty.
In the past, Miniature Poodles were also used as circus dogs because they were smart and easy to train.
After the Second World War the Poodle became one of the most popular breeds with families in the United States.