The Miniature Poodle Breed

The miniature poodle breed is a small to medium size dog that is smart, active and full of character. It is smaller than the standard poodle but with the same characteristics.

Miniature poodles are not a separate breed from toy and standard poodles and all three are judged by the same criteria in shows.

The Miniature Poodle Breed Temperament

Poodles have a lively, energetic temperament and are a fun loving, peppy breed.

  • Intelligence. Poodles are easily amongst the cleverest of dogs. This makes them easy to train but it also means that they need stimulation or they can get up to mischief.
  • High energy dogs. Poodles need exercise daily. They were bred as working dogs so they have an instinctive need to do something with their creativity.
  • House dogs. A poodle should not be left outside. It thrives on companionship and comfort. They shed minimally so are less likely to cause allergic reactions than other dogs.
  • Loyal and friendly. Unlike some dogs, the poodle can bond with everyone in the family, rather than with just one person. This makes them highly suitable as a family dog. They are very protective, but not overly aggressive. They will bark forcefully at any intruder.
  • Happy and outgoing. Poodles are playful and get along famously with children. They love to entertain and can be very comical.

Miniature Poodle Coat and Looks

The miniature poodle breed has a distinctive thick, coarse coat that can be corded or loosely curled and compact webbed feet. Their body profile is described as elegant and square, with a long head, slightly arched neck and closely hung ears.

  • Grooming. Poodles need regular clipping and grooming, at least every six to eight weeks. Whilst they do not really shed, the hair can get matted and tangled if not maintained properly.
  • Bathing. This should also be done regularly along with brushing.
  • Styles. The most economical and easy style to maintain is the plain lamb clip which is cut to the same length all over. Show cuts have three permissible styles, being the pet clip, the Continental clip and the English saddle clip.
  • The Miniature Poodle BreedColors. Only solid colors are acceptable in shows and these include apricot, cream, silver, white, black, brown, blue, gray, red and cafe au lait. Poodles, however, come in many other color variations, from parti-colored, which is a mixture of two solid colors, to tuxedo or mismark, which is characterized by a white chest, feet, neck, chin and or tip of tail and any other color on the rest of the body.

Health and Longevity

The poodle is a fairly healthy breed, but there are some health issues

  • Common health issues. These include hip dysplasia, cataracts, ear and eye infections and allergies.
  • Long-lived. Poodles can and do live to the age of fourteen or fifteen, which equates to about seventy-five in human terms.

As house pets, show dogs or working animals, the miniature poodle breed is a magnificent example of flexibility, lovability and obedience in a dog.

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