|Families, couples, singles, people with allergies
|12 - 14 years
|Loyal, loving, entertaining
|Tendency to bark
|Medium (but high for grooming)
|This breed has an around average probability of having health issues in its lifetime, hence it is one of the more affordable breeds to insure.
While Miniature Poodles are a more recent Poodle type, Poodles have been around for at least the last 400 years, and probably longer. They are the national dog of France, yet it is widely believed that the origins of the Poodle are actually German. Originally developed as a hunting dog that was bred to retrieve ducks and other water fowl from rivers and lakes, the name Poodle is most likely derived from the German word pudel meaning ‘splash in water’ or ‘puddle’.
Miniature Poodles were bred as a smaller version of the Standard Poodle by breeding smaller sized Standards with each other. One of the reasons for this was that the smaller dogs were easier to care for. In the past, Miniature Poodles were used as circus dogs because they were smart and easy to train. They were also useful for searching out truffles, the mushroom-like fungus popular in French cuisine.
The smaller sized Poodles became very popular with the aristocracy and royalty throughout the 18th and 19th centuries and the breed remains somewhat of a status symbol. After the Second World War the Poodle became one of the most popular breeds with families in the United States, and today Miniature Poodles remain extremely popular as companion animals.
The Miniature Poodle is a small sized dog that was bred as a smaller version of the Standard Poodle, while being larger and less fragile than the tiny Toy Poodle. Both the female and male Miniature Poodles grow to between 28 cm and 38 cm tall and tend to weigh no more than 12 kg.
The Miniature Poodle coat does not shed and is hypoallergenic, so they are recommended for people who have allergies to dog hair.
Their coat comes in a variety of colours including blue, grey, brown, apricot, silver, and cream.
|6 - 12 kg
|28 to 38 cm
|Any solid colour including black, white, cream, brown, silver, blue, and apricot
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Miniature Poodles have a loving, caring and kind nature. They love to feel like a part of the family, thrive on human companionship and do not do well if left on their own for extended periods of time on a regular basis. They may get into mischief if they’re not stimulated with games and exercise and can develop ongoing behavioural problems if not given enough human attention. The breed tends also to develop separation anxiety.
Miniature Poodles are very joyful, playful, alert, loyal and highly intelligent little dogs. Their friendly, smiling eyes and their smarts and willingness to learn make a lot of people fall in love with this cute little breed. Their elegant looks may make them seem a bit posh, but in fact Miniature Poodles just like to play and have fun. Given the chance they will happily roll in mud and go for a swim.
Like the smaller Toy Poodle and the larger Standard Poodle, they are natural performers who love to please. They enjoy the spotlight and make great circus and trick dogs who will thrive on the recognition of their talents. They will wow you with all the performance skills you teach them, and the louder the applause, the better the performance will be.
Like other breeds that were developed as hunting dogs, Miniature Poodles require a great deal of both physical and mental stimulation, paired with a strong yet fair owner who won’t allow any misbehaviour. They will adapt to all kinds of circumstances and will live happily in a campervan, apartment or mansion. They are very adventurous with a low level of aggression, so they are perfect to take everywhere.
Miniature Poodles love human company and get along with children. While they are better suited to younger kids than the tiny and delicate Toy Poodle, younger children should still be supervised by a responsible adult as they could accidently injure them. Also, Toy and Miniature Poodles tend to be less patient with children than the larger Standard Poodles.
The Miniature Poodle gets along well with other pets, particularly if they are raised together and introduced in a proper way.
Miniature Poodles have a lot of energy, so they require regular daily walks. They are also highly intelligent, and also need regular mental stimulation in the form of games and interactive play. They love to be part of the action and enjoy getting out and about with their owners and having fun and adventures whenever possible. If you are not able to offer your Miniature Poodle much freedom, he will make his own fun, running around the garden madly or even doing a few circuits of the lounge (including sofas and chairs) to let off steam when necessary.
Miniature Poodles are very smart, so training them is easy. They are quick learners and don’t forget easily. Training from an early age is the best way to avoid behavioural issues down the track. Clear and simple commands are best, paired with firm, fair and consistent discipline. Often excelling at dog sports and obedience training, their intelligence and athleticism are wonderful traits, but must be managed carefully. A Poodle that is well-trained and not spoilt will prove a great companion animal.
The Miniature Poodle should do well on a high-quality, well-balanced diet that is appropriate to the dog’s age (puppy, adult, or senior), size and activity level.
Although they don’t tend to be greedy eaters, Poodles may become overweight, so it’s important to monitor their calorie consumption and weight level and adjust their diet accordingly.
Check with your vet if you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet.
Potential Poodle owners need to be aware of the grooming costs and the need to have the Miniature Poodle professionally groomed regularly – every 6 to 10 weeks, depending on the style of trim.
The Poodle has a thick, curly, non-shedding coat all over his body. The various “hairstyles” the Poodle is known for have their origins in the poodle’s early hunting days. Owners would shear the legs of the poodles to make swimming less difficult, leaving fur only on the joints to guard against the severe cold of the water, as well as a jacket of fur on the body.
All Poodles require daily attention and regular brushing, bathing and trimming. Regular grooming appointments, along with a short trim such as the simple ‘sporting clip’ in which the coat is shorn to follow the outline of the body, will help to keep the coat maintained and reduce the amount of daily grooming required.
Daily brushing is highly recommended to prevent the Poodle coat from matting or tangling, and care must be taken to keep the eyes, ears (inside and out), mouth, feet and anal area clean.
A Poodle’s hair doesn’t stop growing, which is why regular and diligent grooming is so important. Poodles are easily stressed and poor grooming has often resulted in nervous animals and skin irritations. Be sure to use only recommended shampoos as well.
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