Thinking about purchasing an Miniature Poodle? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Miniature Poodle breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Miniature Poodle owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Miniature Poodle and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Miniature Poodle Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Miniature Poodle and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Miniature Poodle Profile
Well proportioned and squarely built, the Miniature Poodle was bred down from the Standard Poodle. They are an intelligent breed with a sporty disposition and are very easy to train. Miniature Poodles are delightful, good natured, and lively dogs. The Poodle makes an excellent family pet who will adapt to any situation and will try anything an owner wants. Miniature Poodles are very trainable and efficient to the owner who wants an obedient dog. They are affectionate with their family, a little wary with strangers, but still accepting of them. They love to be around family and friends, and should not be left alone for long periods of time. Miniature Poodles are slightly more sensitive than the Standard Poodle, but still get along well with other animals and children. They have had clownish cuts in the past, in which the owners were allowed to carve any design they wanted into the fur. Today the breed has the standard poodle cut, but if they aren't being shown they can simply be trimmed down. They are in between the sizes of the Standard Poodle and the Toy Poodle. They are thought to be extremely intelligent and very obedient. They come in any solid color, and have very curly, thick fur. Poodles have natural drop ears and a puff of fur on top of the head. Spirited and lively, the Poodle is an energetic and happy breed.
Other Names: Barbone, Caniche (from chien canard, meaning "duck dog"), Pudle
Type: Companion Dog
Height: 11 - 15
Colors: They come
in all solid colors.
Poodles are intelligent, lively, quick to mimic and learn. They are highly intelligent
and very obedient. Miniature Poodles love to be around humans and are not good
for kenneling. They are good with other pets and children, but wary with strangers,
although they do warm up to them. They are friendly and affectionate, and are
slightly more sensitive than their Standard siblings. Minis have a spring in
their step and are well-mannered dogs.
Watch-dog: Very High. They
are a very alert breed.
Miniature Poodle Care and Exercise:
Frequent trimming, brushing and shampooing of the coat. Ears
must be kept very clean. Nails trimmed short and teeth brushed weekly. Miniature
Poodles enjoy outdoor exercise but will take indoor play. They makes a great
jogging partner, and are a good size for a person looking for a lower-maintenance,
yet not too small breed.
Miniature Poodle Health Issues: Mini Poodles are generally a healthy breed. Due to their popularity and size, however, some Miniature Poodles have inherited disorders. Some health concerns include stifle problems, PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), junior cataracts, skin problems, Addison's disease, Cushing's disease, hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, Legg-Perthes disease, luxating patellas, von Willebrand's disease, epilepsy and bloat. Bloat is a health issue common to most dogs, being the largest killer of dogs second to cancer. Bloat is also referred to as gastric torsion or twisted stomach.
Life Span: 14 - 16 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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