Miniature Poodle: Everything best you need to Know

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All About the Miniature Poodle

The miniature poodle is smaller and, somewhat, more delicate than the standard poodle and is ideal for city living.

They too make wonderful companions and excellent house pets.

The miniature poodle stands between 10 to 15 inches at its highest point.

The miniature poodle also needs exercise – albeit not as much as the standard poodle. Of the three sizes of poodles, the miniature is often the poodle that is chosen by many prospective owners.

  1. The miniature poodle coat can easily be groomed into any of the three basic styles, just with the standard poodle:
  2. the “pet clip” (often called the puppy clip) with relatively short hair all over their body,
  3. the “English saddle” clip, and
  4. the “Continental” clip where the rear half of the body is shaved, with bracelets, of fur, left around their ankles and “pom-poms” left on their tails and hips. There aren’t any other “clips” that are permissible in dog shows.

The miniature poodle coat is either curly or “corded”. In shows, all solid colors are considered permissible but two color poodles are not considered. Some examples of solid colors are:

– Black – Blue – Silver – Gray – Cream – Apricot – Red – White – Brown – sometimes called “cafe-au-lait”.

The miniature poodle’s proper show trim has its tail set high and then docked to half of its length – or a little less.

The Dewclaws are most often removed and the feet are small, oval, and webbed with arched toes. The ears are long, flat, and wide laying close to the head.

The eyes are either black or brown – with a lively, and proud, expression.

The miniature poodle head is long and the neck is solid and very slightly arched.

A good show miniature Poodle has a somewhat square silhouette with approximately the same length as the height at the shoulders, or withers as they are referred to.

The Miniature Poodle is a cheerful, super intelligent, sensitive, and very highly trainable companion.

These poodles are one of the all-time best at learning tricks and hands down favorite in the circus ring – for this very reason.

The Poodle will feel slighted if it is left out of family activities. He is very amusing and clever and many poodle owners will swear their dogs understand human speech in an absolutely uncanny way.

Some love to play with children but some tend to be sensitive, and nervous and can be somewhat high-strung.

Be careful where you buy your miniature poodle puppy.

Purchase from parents you have met, and liked, and even ask to see the grandparents – if at all possible.

The miniature poodle tends to be quite reserved with strangers and should be socialized often as a puppy to make them friendlier.

Any effort the owner puts into training and socializing will be amply rewarded.

For its size, this is a very good watchdog seldom becoming aggressive but they do tend to bark a lot.

Poodles are friendly with other dogs and other non-canine pets I.E. cats.

The miniature poodle stands around 11 – 15 inches tall and weighs about 15 – 17 pounds.

The breed is a long-living breed, generally living up to 12 -15 years of age.

They are subject, however, to many genetic diseases.

Cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy have often been known to cause blindness in these animals.

Allergies and skin conditions are common – more often than not due to the unskilled use of clippers.

ONLY better shampoos, and/or color reinforcers, should be used to prevent allergies.

Runny eyes and ear infections are also common problems with the miniature poodle. Unlike other poodles, they are also prone to PRA, diabetes, epilepsy, and even heart disease.

Like the standard poodle, the Brown miniature Poodle tends to become prematurely gray.

The Miniature Poodle is very adaptive to apartment life.

They tend to be very active indoors and will do fine without a yard.

Although they adore water and love to go for walks, Poodles are not demanding as far as exercise goes.

They however will keep in better spirits and be fitter if given regular opportunities to run and play off the leash in safe areas.

They normally live to be about 12-15 years old just like the standard poodle.

Extensive grooming is needed with this breed. They must be bathed on a regular basis and clipped at least every six to eight weeks.

The ears should be checked weekly for mites and the ear hair should be trimmed short or pulled out – if necessary.

The traditional clips were developed to lighten the weight of the coat for swimming while protecting their joints and the major organs from the cold.

Many owners have opted for the plain “lamb clip”.

This “clip” keeps the coat the same length all over making it easier and more economical to maintain overall.

The poodle’s teeth need regular scaling and they shed very little to no hair at all which makes them excellent animals for allergy sufferers.

The Poodle has been known throughout Western Europe for over 400 years and its true origin is a controversial issue with many breeders.

It is uncertain as to whether the breed was developed in Germany, Denmark, France, or ancient Piedmont.

Despite the claims of many of these and even other countries, France has now been officially recognized as the country of origin of the poodle and therefore occupies a very high place in the affections of the French.

What is certain is that the Poodle was descended from a now nearly extinct French water dog – the Barbet and probably the Hungarian Water Hound.

The Poodle was used as a gun dog and originally the breed was used in Germany and in France as a retriever of waterfowl.

The French capitalized on the breed’s high intelligence, trainability, and innate “showmanship” and made the Poodle into a circus performer.

The poodle’s great popularity in France led to the breed’s common name – “French Poodle.” In France, however, the Poodle is called the “Caniche,” or duck dog.

The Poodle has been used to sniff out truffles lying underground in the woods. Poodles are depicted in 15th-century paintings and Toy Poodles became royal favorites – particularly in the 18th century.

The Toy and Miniature Poodle varieties were bred down from the more giant standard poodle over the last 200+ years datuing back to about the mid

The AKC recognizes the three sizes as one breed and they are ALL judged by the same standards.

Today, the Poodle is primarily a companion and show dog, although his superior intelligence allows him to learn almost anything.

Some have even been trained as excellent hunting dogs making use of the natural abilities they were originally bred for.

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