About the Miniature Poodle Dog Breed
Active. Smart. Great at training. The Miniature Poodle is all that and more. Find out everything about this breed, which is a smaller version of the Standard Poodle, right here.
Miniature Poodle Physical Characteristics
Many Mini Poodle owners take pride in their dog’s appearance, which includes giving them different fancy haircuts as often as possible. Grooming of a Miniature Poodle should not be taken lightly and often professional help is required.
Blue, black, white, gray, silver, brown, cafe-au-lait, apricot or cream.
Curly, wiry and dense. The Mini Poodle is a non-shedding breed and may be good for those with allergies.
Miniature Poodle Personality and Temperament
The Miniature Poodle is smart and does well with training. It also loves its owners and enjoys playing.
Things to Consider
While your Poodle may love you, it also takes its guard duties very seriously and it may bark as warning whenever strangers are around. The breed is also known to be quite mischievous, which can often get them into trouble.
Miniature Poodle Care
Ideal Living Conditions
A Miniature Poodle will do well in any type of home.
The breed requires regular exercise and companionship. When it comes to grooming, the Mini Poodle is very high maintenance. They require grooming every three to six weeks or more, and daily care with regards to their ears (which are prone to infection) and the tear stains that tend to form under their eyes, which require removal daily with wipes or damp washcloths.
Miniature Poodle Health
Be on the lookout for the following potential health issues with Miniature Poodles:
- Addison’s Disease
- Gastric Dilation-Volvulus (bloat)
- Cushings Disease
- Hip dysplasia
- Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
- Patellar luxation
- Progressive retinal atrophy
- Optic nerve hypoplasia
- Sebaceous adenitis
- Von Willebrand’s Disease
Miniature Poodle History and Background
Original developed for hunting waterfowl, the Poodle is one of the oldest breeds, believed to have originated in Germany or France. In fact, illustrations of Poodles have been found with Egyptian and Roman artifacts, as well as in tombs dating back to the first centuries B.C. Many experts believe it wasn’t until the 1400s that breeders started specifically producing the smaller versions of the dog. First came the Miniature, then the toy, which were created by breeding small Poodles together.