The Miniature Poodle was developed from the Standard Poodle by people who wanted a smaller version of the larger poodle which was easier to care for and more economical to feed. This size of poodle was known to exist at least 500 years ago. They became well known in circuses due to the fact that they are easy to train, extremely intelligent and eager to please. They were so popular during the 1950’s and 1960’s that some genetic problems began to occur. This seems to have been sorted out by more selective breeding being carried out.
This is a noble looking dog with a slender muzzle and long neck. The coat is profuse and curly and is often styled. They move with a graceful and prancing gait.
|Colour||They can be seen in blue, grey, silver, brown, apricot and cream.
|Coat Length||Medium Long
|Weight/Height Range||The Miniature Poodle is 28 to 38 cms and weighs 12 to 14kgs.
|Ailments||All poodles are prone to eye problems such as cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy. The miniatures are prone to patellar subluxation. Epilepsy is another disease that plagues all the poodle varieties.
|Breed Classification||The Miniature Poodle belongs to the Utility group and is used as a companion and seen in the show-ring.
Feeding & Ownership
It is best to feed the poodle dry food as this breed is prone to tartar build up on their teeth.
|Food Cost||$5 to $10|
||Whilst feeding is not expensive, it must be remembered, that this breed will need visits to a professional groomer every six weeks, thereby incurring more expense.
Getting along with the kids, the cat and the guinea pig is no problem for the poodle. Lively and affectionate, they make wonderful companion dogs, They enjoy a busy life and love to be included in all family pursuits. Miniatures adapt to life in more confined quarters as long as they get adequate exercise. They can be good guard dogs, announcing visitors but never being aggressive. Poodles are unusually sensitive to vocal intonation, probably one of the reasons they are so easy to train. Many pet owners, using gentle and consistent training methods, have seen their poodles excel in obedience trials, flyball and agility.
|Intelligence||The Poodle is an extremely intelligent and eager to please dog, thus he is inordinately easy to train. Poodles are unusually sensitive to vocal intonation, probably one of the reasons they are so easy to train. Many pet owners, using gentle and consistent training methods, have seen their poodles excel in obedience trials, flyball and agility.|
|Suitability for Children||Medium
|Tendency to Bark||High|
|Overall Exercise Requirement||This is a fairly active breed that likes to get out on walks and particularly enjoys games. It is a good idea to enroll a poodle in some sort of activity so that the mind is stimulated along with the body. Poodles can do well in obedience, agility and most dog sports.|
|Suitability as a Guard Dog||Medium|
|Ease of Transportation||High|
|Level of Aggression||Low|
|Other Animal Compatibility||High|
Poodles do not shed and are often tolerated by allergic people. Their coats do take a great deal of care though, generally requiring professional grooming, as well as regular combing and brushing at home. The poodle should be taken to a groomer about every six weeks for a clip of your choice. The poodle’s ears need frequent cleaning or they will become infected and, especially in the smaller poodles, daily teeth brushing is recommended or tartar will build up rapidly and lead to gingivitis.
|Grooming Requirements||More than once a week|
|Amount of Hair Shed||None|
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