Dog Profiles - Description of Miniature Poodle

Miniature Poodle

Description: Well proportioned and squarely built, the Miniature Poodle was bred down from the Standard Poodle. He is an intelligent breed with a sporty disposition and very easy to train. He is a delightful, good natured, lively dog. The Poodle makes an excellent family pet who will adapt to any situation and will try anything an owner wants.

Height: 11-15 inches

Weight: 15 -17 lbs.

Colors: All solid colors

Coat: Very profuse and dense with a good harsh texture.

Temperament: Intelligent, lively, quick to mimic and learn. Good with children if children are older. Good with other pets. Very good watch dog. Medium to poor guard dog.

Care and Exercise: Frequent trimming, brushing and shampooing of the coat. Ears must be kept very clean. Nails trimmed short and teeth brushed weekly. He enjoys outdoor exercise but will take it indoor play. Makes a great jogging partner.

Training: Intelligent dog who learns quickly if handled properly. Gentle and consistent training are the best method. Learning Rate: Very High, Obedience: High, Problem Solving: High.

Activity: Medium

Living Environment: An apartment is adequate as long as some form of exercise is given. An owner of a Miniature Poodle should want an intelligent, happy, energetic dog.

Health Issues: Generally healthy. Stifle problems and progressive retinal atrophy, junior cataracts, skin problems and epilepsy.

Life Span: 14-16 Years

Litter Size: 3-8

Country of Origin: France

History: He is believed to have originated in either Germany or Russia where the standard poodle was used foremost as a water retriever. The word poodle comes from the German pudelin for the splash made by an oar hitting water. He shares common ancestors with the Irish Water Spaniel. In France is where he was bred to down in size.

Registration: ACA, AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 9), KC(GB), UKC