Miniature Poodle: Dog Breed Profile

Miniature poodle

A poodle is very smart, obedient, and elegant in appearance. Poodles are categorized by size, and there are four types in descending order: standard, medium, miniature, and toy. We will introduce the features of the Miniature Poodle and how to take care of it.

History Of The Mini Poodle

Originally from France, the Poodle was used for hunting aquatic birds, hence its name which comes from the word “cane” (female duck).

Until around the 16th century, poodles were the standard poodles of today or larger in size and were used as bird hunting dogs to collect waterfowl caught in fishing. French aristocrats took notice of this, and their popularity as pet dogs exploded.

In the 17th century, the poodle was downsized and the Toy Poodle was kept as a popular pet among the upper class in France.

Being smart and easy to train, the Miniature Poodle has also become useful in circus and truffle hunting.

In the 18th century, the poodle was actually called “THE poodle” which is the female of the Barbet (which is a water dog). Over the years, the Barbet and the Poodle have been separated to obtain two very distinct breeds.

Several specific crosses were then made to obtain different varieties of size and thus suit a maximum of people according to their preferences.

The Miniature Poodle has become a popular size in the United States because it is easy to keep.

Mini Poodle Physical Characteristics

  • Height at the withers: Male and female Miniature Poodles measure between 11 and 13 inches at the withers.
  • Weight: Male and female Miniature Poodles weigh between 12 and 16 lbs.
  • Color: the dress is always one-color: black, white, brown, gray, or fawn (light, dark or apricot).
  • Coat: the coat is either curly (abundant, dense coat, fine and woolly in texture, forming even curls) or corded (abundant coat, fine and tight in texture).
  • Head: the head of the Miniature Poodle is distinguished, neither too heavy nor too thin with a little accentuated stop but nevertheless not erased.
  • Eyes: they are almond-shaped, slightly oblique, and are black or dark (sometimes dark amber for brown subjects).
  • Ears: they are long, drooping, and flat.
  • Tail: it is set on rather high and is generally carried drooping.

The Character of The Mini Poodle

Miniature Poodles are constantly on the alert. They are very active dogs who love to entertain the gallery. They are intelligent, cheerful, dynamic, and very affectionate.

However, they are dogs that very quickly become attached to members of their family and therefore do not appreciate being separated from them very much. Often present and very available people are preferable for this breed.

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Miniature Poodle’s Education

Miniature Poodles are very intelligent dogs, often used in circuses because their learning capacities are endless.

They are therefore easy to train dogs, but only if they are treated with respect and kindness. The traditional methods will have other side effects only to traumatize and keep a mark for life for these small dogs that are filled with the joy of living.

Gentle, consistent, firm and positive methods all at the same time produce wonderful results.

Living Conditions Of The Toy Poodle

Apartment living: possible.

A home in the city or in the countryside, the Miniature Poodle can adapt to many environments.

Living in an apartment doesn’t scare It at all as long as Its spending needs are met and it’s not locked up, alone, all day long.

Compatibility with children: possible.

The Miniature Poodle loves children and enjoys playing with them as long as they respect It and do not consider It a soft toy.

Cohabitation with other animals: possible

It is very important to let your Miniature Poodle meet other dogs and not “overprotect” It by hugging It as soon as another dog arrives. This is the sine qua non for this little dog to acquire, develop, and strengthen the canine codes inherent in respectful congenital encounters.

Otherwise, with other pets, if this dog is well socialized and is used to being around them from an early age, It will be able to cohabit with them without any problem.

Possible activities

walks, agility, Musical canine freestyle, flyball, tracking, swimming, etc.

Miniature Poodle Life Expectancy

The average life expectancy of a Miniature Poodle is said to be around 13 to 15 years.

The average lifespan of a small dog is said to be around 14 years old, so you can see that it has a relatively long life.

However, this is just an average life expectancy, so if you take care of Its health and maintain it, your dog may live longer.

Be aware of illnesses that are easy to get and give good quality dog ​​food.

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Mini Poodle Possible Health Problems

Miniature Poodles are often predisposed to diabetes, more than their peers of different sizes elsewhere. In addition, they are prone to ear infections, epilepsy, dislocation of the patella, Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease, or progressive atrophy of the retina.

Care Required For The Miniature Poodle

If you leave the coat unattended, it will easily get entangled and pills will form, so regular brushing is required, If possible, brush every day.

Other basic physical care, such as cleaning Its ears, eyes, and nail, should be done on a regular basis.

for show subjects or for owners wishing to have a Poodle with a “classic” cut, appointments with the groomer should be made approximately every 2 months. Between each session, several brushings per week should be offered to this dog to maintain the beauty of Its coat.

Price And Budget Of A Miniature Poodle

Acquisition cost: the price of a Miniature Poodle can be doubled depending on its origins. Generally, the purchase price of a Miniature Poodle is around $ 1,200 for a puppy, but some reputable breeders sell their puppies for around $ 2,500.

Monthly budget: it takes an average of 20 $ / month to meet the needs of the Miniature Poodle while providing It with quality food.

Note: Grooming Prices for a Simple Bath is around 48$ and a Full Groom is around 75$


About Amanda

Passionate about animals, Amanda draws her expertise from her training as an educator, pet behaviorist as well as her extensive experience with animal owners. A specialist in dog and cat behavior, Amanda continues to learn about our four-legged companions by studying veterinary reference books but also university research sites (UCD, Utrecht, Cambridge, Cornell, etc..)

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