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Poodle (Miniature)

 

Poodles are some of America's favorite dogs — and Miniature Poodles seem to be folks' favorite! Their name comes from the German word for “puddle” — they were originally bred as water retrievers. That traditional puffy styling was meant to keep their joints warmer while they were fetching their prey from the water. These days, Poodles are more likely to be companions than hunters, however.

Because they don't produce much dander and shed infrequently, Poodles have been crossbred to create more kinds of dogs that are less aggravating to allergy sufferers. These include the Cockapoo (Cocker Spaniel + Poodle), the Labradoodle (Labrador Retriever + Poodle), and the Whoodle (Wheaten Terrier + Poodle).

Originally from Central Europe and Germany, this small-sized breed can grow to between 10-15 pounds and lives an average of 10-18 years. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and classified as a member of the Non-Sporting group.

 

AKC RecognizedY
Breed's original pastimeCompanion
OriginYugoslavia
Breed groupNon-Sporting
Average lifespan12-14 years
SizeLarge
Bark factorModerate
AKC Ranking80
FamilyScenthound, pointer
Date of origin1500s
Original function Water retrieving
Today's functionCompanion
Average size of maleHeight: 10-15 Weight: 12-18
Average size of femaleHeight: 10-15 Weight: 12-18

 

Other nameBarbone, caniche
Energy level High energy
Exercise needs Medium
Playfullness Very playful
Affection level Very affectionate
Friendliness toward other dogs Very Friendly
Friendliness toward other pets Friendly
Friendliness toward strangersVery Friendly
Ease of training Hard to train
Watchdog ability High
Protection ability Moderately protective
Grooming needs High maintenance
Cold tolerance Medium tolerance
Heat tolerance Medium tolerance

BEHAVIOR & TRAINING

WHAT IS A MINIATURE POODLE'S PERSONALITY LIKE?

Miniature Poodles are every bit as smart and obedient as their standard-sized cousins, but they tend to be livelier, friendlier, and more playful. They can be sensitive, and will often bond with one special member of their chosen family. They're great with kids and play well with other supervised dogs.

WHAT IS MINIATURE POODLE BEHAVIOR LIKE?

This is a very active breed. Poodles love to run, walk, or swim — preferably with you by their side. These dogs want to be on the go.

HOW EASY IS IT TO TRAIN A MINIATURE POODLE?

This breed is very amenable to training. Poodles are extremely intelligent and eager to please. Their smarts and amenability make them ideal candidates for social therapy, seeing eye, and service work. These dogs excel in obedience, agility, hunting, and tracking.

CARE & HEALTH

HOW MUCH DO MINIATURE POODLES SHED AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?

A Miniature Poodle's hair doesn't shed much. If you bring a Poodle home, though, you're going to be very good friends with your dog groomer. This breed requires clipping at least every other month. You'll also spend a lot of time brushing her hair to prevent mats and tangles.

WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO MINIATURE POODLES HAVE?

As a breed, Poodles are generally healthy. Some are prone to eye ailments, hip dysplasia, epilepsy, skin disease, blood clotting disorders, and thyroid or adrenal gland issues.

Miniature and Toy Poodles are also susceptible to orthopedic problems, including slipping kneecaps and circulation disorders.

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